Mary Pat Christie, First Lady of New Jersey, has successfully combined her roles as wife and mother with a business career and community service. Born in Paoli, Pennsylvania, Mrs. Christie is the 9th of 10 children. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware and received her Master's in Business Administration and Finance at Seton Hall University. She most recently worked as a Managing Director at Angelo Gordon.
Mrs. Christie is active in her children's lives and helps lend a hand at various school and team functions. She has contributed to the family liturgy, confirmation class activities, and soup kitchen outreach at her church, St. Joseph's in Mendham.
Following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Governor and Mrs. Christie organized the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund to aid and rebuild communities most affected by the storm. Mrs. Christie has made this a priority of hers and plans for the Relief Fund to help with the long-term rebuilding of New Jersey.
As the First Lady of New Jersey, Mrs. Christie is focused on recognizing people and groups that inspire pride in others and help them to become more self-sufficient members of society. In 2010, she founded a non-profit, New Jersey Heroes, to do just that. Unlike many other non-profit organizations, New Jersey Heroes does not directly serve a specific community need, but rather recognizes and celebrates the work done by individuals and non-profit organizations in New Jersey. To date, Mrs. Christie has raised $1 million dollars for NJ Heroes and has awarded 35 heroes across the state
Mrs. Christie is also passionate about the Governor’s Residence in Princeton, officially known as Drumthwacket. It has been a goal of the Governor and Mrs. Christie to make Drumthwacket into a point of pride for New Jersyans. Through her work with the Drumthwacket Foundation, thousands of New Jersey citizens and schoolchildren will continue to have the opportunity to experience this historic house and grounds. Drumthwacket features modern artwork by local artists and is now compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Mrs. Christie and her husband, Governor Chris Christie, met in college and have been married for 27 years. They have 4 children: Andrew, Sarah, Patrick and Bridget.