Governor Chris Christie earns a tidy sum of $175,000 for his work in office, but he is not the top wage earner in his own family.
Wife Mary Pat Christie is a bond trader.
According to NJ.com, Mary Pat Christie reported earnings of $263,277 for 2012, including $175,377 from Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald where she was employed as a part-time vice president and $87,900 from private equity firm Angelo, Gordon & Co. that she joined in September 2012.
“I’ve always been the breadwinner,” Mary Pat Christie told Bloomberg in March. “I really just wanted him to be happy in his career, and he is.” Governor Christie commented, “Listen, I just have three words for you: joint checking account. It’s fine by me.”
Governor Christie and his wife released their tax information from 2012 last week. NorthJersey.com reported that the couple earned just about $479,000 last year, and paid $123,249, or 25.7 percent of their income in taxes. The Christies donated more than $21,000 to charity.
Mary Pat Christie actually earned considerably more money in 2011, NJ.com reported, making $307,372 from Cantor Fitzgerald.
Bloomberg.com reported that Mary Pat Christie developed an interest in bond trading, where women hold just 28 percent of the jobs, according to the Labor Statistics Bureau. She went after high-yield or distressed debt, and has worked with JPMorgan Chase & Co., Fleet Securities Inc. and Seaport Group LLC.
Mary Pat Christie founded the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund after the storm did its damage a year ago, and receives no salary from the organization, according to NJ.com.
The Christies have four children.