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Chris Christie is the governor of New Jersey, elected in 2009 and reelected in 2013, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Christie was raised in a Catholic household. Many of his political views reflect the influence of Catholic teachings; Christie identifies as pro-life, and as governor, he vetoed a bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage in the state of New Jersey. Initially pro-choice, Christie attributes seeing his daughter's heartbeat in utero as the moment his stance on abortion changed. Prior to his 2009 election, Christie was the United States attorney for the District of New Jersey between 2002 and 2008. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from Seton Hall University.