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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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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. Although there were some allegations of political payback with some of the politicians that he went after, I think the record indicates that he was pretty non-partisan in his efforts to convict crooked politicians.
His record as governor is also, generally, good. He favors cutting property taxes and worked diligently to do so (New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation). He also worked to trim spending and cut waste in government. Again, there were some actions taken by him to payback political rivals, but that is not unusual in New Jersey.
Overall, this is hardly a fluff piece on Christie and exposes him for who and what he is. He does work across the aisle and I believe, based on what I know, he would make a excellent candidate for president on the Republican side. This book is well written and contains most everything you need to know about Christie and what he would do were he elected.
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. [...]
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.