Chris Christie styles himself a guy who will make the tough calls: like cutting my Social Security benefits. Easy for him to say. - gwc
N.J. First Lady Mary Pat Christie quits lucrative Wall Street day job | NJ.com
Mary Pat Christie has been the primary breadwinner in the Christie family during Chris Christie's governorship. The household earned just under $700,000 in 2013, according to the Christie's 2014 tax returns. The bulk of that money, some half a million dollars, came from the First Lady's salary and other compensation from a partnership payout at Cantor-Fitzgerald that year.
"I feel like I drafted a really good pitcher in high school and she turned out to be a major leaguer," Christie told the Star-Ledger in 2012.
The Christies' income became source of controversy last week. The governor made national headlines after he told the editorial board of the Manchester Union-Leader in New Hampshire that "my wife and I...are not wealthy by current standards" – despite the fact that their combined income placed them well inside the top 1 percent of earners nationally. A likely 2016 candidate, Christie had been visiting New Hampshire to promote his plan for entitlement reform, which called for reduced Social Security benefits for retired seniors earning more than $80,000.