Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Christie's Wife Leaves Lucrative Wall Street Job

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Christie's Wife Leaves Lucrative Wall Street Job

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Governor Christie's wife has resigned as a top finance executive on Wall Street, a spokesman for the governor said Friday, in the latest sign that the Christies are preparing for a presidential run.

Mary Pat Christie was a managing director at Angelo, Gordon & Co., an alternative-investment firm with $27 billion in assets under management. Before joining the firm in 2012, she worked as a bond trader and vice president at the investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald. She is also known as a crucial political adviser and fundraiser, helping to guide her husband's career.

"Mrs. Christie has decided to take a hiatus from her work in the finance world to spend more time with her family and young children," said Kevin Roberts, the governor's spokesman.

The resignation came in the same week Governor Christie extended his timeline for announcing whether he will seek the presidency. Appearing on "The Tonight Show" on Wednesday, Christie told host Jimmy Fallon that the big reveal would come this month or next; he had said before that the decision would come early this year.

In the meantime, political operatives close to Christie are fanning out to key presidential primary states, and a group of influential donors aligned with the New Jersey governor has formed a political action committee, Leadership Matters for America, to help pave the way for his expected run.

"Your family is unbelievably affected by this," Governor Christie said last year. "Their lives will never be the same, and so we're thinking about it. ... If I think it's good for me, it's good for my family, it's good for our state and country, then I'll probably do it."

As recently as last week, the governor's wife said she was unsure what to do about her job if the governor jumped into the 2016 race. She told NBC it would be difficult to leave Wall Street. At Angelo Gordon, her work focused on strategic planning and marketing for distressed assets and bank debt.

"I do have a great job," she said on NBC's "Today."

"I'm not sure what I'm going to do with regards to that, but I know I want to spend a lot of time with my family."

Of the four Christie children, the two eldest are college students. …

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