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Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power Hardcover – June 5, 2012

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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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250005868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250005861
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,435,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Frederick S. Goethel VINE VOICE on June 27, 2015
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Every time we get to this point in a presidency, I begin to read books about the potential nominee from each party, unless I have previously read something about them. Although Christie has not yet announced, it is believed that he will on June 30th, making him one of a large number of candidates on the Republican side of the race.

I have previously lived in Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, and it is hard not the get a good dose of New Jersey politics from both the local television news and the newspapers. As such, I am familiar with New jersey politics and a fair number of their politicians. Chris Christie isn't among them, as I left prior to his ascension to the Governor's Mansion. I believe, however, that knowing New Jersey politics explains a lot. The Chicago and New York political machines have nothing on how New Jersey conducts both its races and the candidates behavior.

his book is a detailed look at Chris Christie during his time in public office. It includes background on his family and growing up, but focuses mainly on his time running for and serving as a county freeholder, the U. S. District Attorney for the State of New Jersey and his time in the governor's office.

Christie has an interesting record as a freeholder, but there is nothing there that tarnishes him. Rather, it demonstrates that he is very out spoken and very willing to take on the established political machine.

He has, by all accounts, a stellar record as a prosecutor and focused much of his time in that office fighting political corruption, which is New Jersey is sort of like shooting fish in a barrel. He also went after numerous other criminal and had quite a conviction ratio when he left office.
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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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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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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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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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