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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250005868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250005861
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Speculation abounds regarding Christie's political aspirations, and Ingle and Symons provide an excellent introduction to this provocative politician. "He's demanding, he's loyal, he's combative, he's entertaining, he's mouthy--but never boring." Neither is this book." --Publishers Weekly

"A thorough, exacting account of how an outspoken son of New Jersey became the hottest ticket in conservative politics." --The Hill

"Gov. Christie's ability to make the case for reform—and to defend his positions bluntly—has endeared him to GOP donors." --The Wall Street Journal

"Mr. Ingle and Mr. Symons have produced a very readable and illuminating portrait of Chris Christie that shows, whether you love him or hate him, he is a genuine article - and he is here to stay." --The Washington Times

About the Author

BOB INGLE is coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Soprano State (St. Martin’s Press, 2008), which was made into a 2011 documentary. He is an award-winning veteran journalist and broadcaster who writes a syndicated column called “Politics Patrol.” His political blog, Politics Patrol, is read in all fifty states and more than seventy countries, and his commentary is heard frequently on radio and TV across America.

 

MICHAEL SYMONS is a veteran New Jersey journalist, currently based on Press Row in the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton. He has covered seven governors and is well respected for his objectivity, balance, and thoroughness. His blog, Capitol Quickies, is a must-read for every politician and politically connected person in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. Symons did research for The Soprano State and has worked with Ingle for more than ten years.

 


More About the Author

Bob Ingle is a syndicated newspaper columnist, a blogger read in more than 70 countries, a broadcast political commentator and author. His book, "The Soprano State: New Jersey's Culture of Corruption" sold out in three days and made The New York Times "Best Seller List" in the first week. He was graduated from The University of Georgia and worked in various states.

Customer Reviews

This book was not written for the casual reader.
R. Golen
A true testimony to our American beliefs, proving that however humble our backgrounds, with hard work and committment, anyone can attain greatness.
dolores
Ingle and Symons definitely have done the vetting for Romney should he give Christie the nod as VP.
Cecilia A. Cooper

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cecilia A. Cooper on June 16, 2012
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You might expect that a biography of Gov. Chris Christie, one of the most powerful governors and a rising star in today's politics, would be refreshing, hard-hitting, fast-paced and fun. This book doesn't disappoint.

Gov. Christie's story is so compelling you wonder why it wasn't told before. Masterfully written, Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power is a very readable and revealing biography of the man who might be President one day.

If anyone could dig up dirt on Christie, that would be Bob Ingle, coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Soprano State. Here he teams up with Michael Symons, also a veteran New Jersey journalist, to offer a definitive look at the governor. Ingle and Symons definitely have done the vetting for Romney should he give Christie the nod as VP.

Christie's reputation as an opinionated, aggressive, loyal and charismatic leader is enhanced by Ingle and Symons's rounded work. Coupled with two decades of research, it also is obvious that the authors had unfettered access to the governor, his family and staff.

This book is at its best when Ingle and Symons detail the stories behind Christie's successful convinctions on corruption cases and his agressive style that drew wide criticism.

This book is a must read. You better get to know Chris Christie: He's sure to be around for a long time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jo Cubberley on June 10, 2012
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I am a loyal viewer of "Reporters' Roundtable" on NJTV formerly NJN), New Jersey's public television station. I have seen both authors on that program many times. When I heard about this book on NJToday (the daily news program), I bought the book immediately. The title is an accurate description - it is definitely an insider look at New Jersey politics and more. Well written and flowing, I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in New Jersey -- both its politics and its history, because both subjects are completely intertwined.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David on January 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Sadly, this seems like a rush job by the reporters to cash in on Christie's popularity, at the expense of quality and their journalistic integrity. Nothing in here has not been covered in the NJ papers (much by one of the authors). No insight is provided and the reporting is very superficial. They received a lot of access to the Christie family and appear, in return, to have agreed not to criticize his actions, while blasting most of his opponents (I agree with most of the blasting).

Christie is a man of significant accomplishments and (as the George Washington Bridge scandal shows) worrisome qualities. The authors praise his staff to the skies--including most of those whose venal and inept GWB antics have caused him such enormous trouble.

He deserves a more detailed, thoughtful book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hurrel on March 20, 2014
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A paid propaganda piece and utterly devoid of anything remotely interesting, much less controversial. Reads more like a love letter to the Governor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By e vestigio on March 19, 2014
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This starts with a helpful explanation of byzantine New Jersey politics which are always ethically corrupt if not always legally corrupt. However, when it comes to Christie the author falls flat on his face. Almost all of the national headline news about the Christie Administration and the Port Authority that has come out since November 2013 was known to regional reporters since the mid- 1990's. This author could have been one of the first to bring it to national attention. Instead he sings praises of Christie, perhaps out of fear of retaliation because it was being published while Christie was at his zenith.

A much more readable, accurate detailed yet succinct report on the real reasons Christie rose to power was written by Alec MacGillis and published in The New Republic on February 12, 2014. [...]
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The beginning of the book goes deep into the details of he said; she said. It is so detailed that a reader can have difficulty pulling together the outcome. On the other hand, the second portion of the book is easier to grasp what took place, and the positive or negative outcome. I liked the photos in the book because they help to place the people that surrounded him as a young person into perspective befpre he got involved in politics. The order and content of the chapters lay the groundwork for his leadership style as he moved into the governorship.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Golen on October 1, 2012
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This book was not written for the casual reader. Gets way to far into the weed of NJ politics. Got bored to tears in the middle of the story.

But ... I plowed through and in the end can reflect can back on the essence of the book, that Christie is a smart everyman, head of his class, but down to earth. I could definitely vote for Christie if he were to run for national office. And this book puts Christie's RNC speech in perspective. Although Christie forgot to plug Romney in his RNC speech, the speech says a lot about what Christie expects in a candidate. No doubt Christie's ideal candidate is Christie himself.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Abe Krieger on August 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This author tends to present the facts and lets us decide what they mean, and he did it again in this book. Lots of people love Chris Christie, some hate him, and this book tells us how he became the national figure that he now is. Lots of interviews from people on the inside, including Christie himself, his father, his brother. But even his enemies admit that what you see is what you get with Christie.

The most interesting part of this book is the significant attention paid to Jon Corzine, the super-rich former Gov. who lost to Christie. The author implies that Corzine essentially threw the race by not spending any money in the final week.

The book gets boring in stretches, thus I can't give it 5 stars. But if you're from NJ, this is essential reading.
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