Chris and Mary Pat Christie "have lots of conversations" about his possible bid for president, she says

By Tierney McAfee
April 27, 2015 09:40 PM
Robert F. Bukaty/AP

Mary Pat Christie announced last week that she was leaving her lucrative job on Wall Street, further fueling speculation that her husband would be joining the race for president.

Not so fast. In a new interview on Monday, the wife of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he hasn’t decided whether he’ll run for president in 2016 – but admitted they “have lots of conversations about it,” reports.

For now, New Jersey’s First Lady is focusing on enjoying her newfound freedom after resigning from her post as managing director at Angelo, Gordon & Co., a speciality investment firm in N.Y.C. “I’m spending a lot of time with my children and my husband and really enjoying the opportunity and I can’t thank my most recent former employer enough for all the opportunities they’ve given me,” she said Monday morning.

Mary Pat has been the family’s primary breadwinner during Christie’s time as governor. According to the couple’s 2014 tax returns, she earned approximately $500,000 of their combined $700,000 income in 2013, reports.

In an April 16 interview on the Today show, Mary Pat told Matt Lauer she was “not sure” whether she would leave her job if her husband ran for president. The governor, 52, said the decision was all hers. “Her career’s really important to her. She shouldn’t be asked to sacrifice that unless it’s something that she wants to do,” he said.

Meanwhile, Christie will head to Washington D.C. on Tuesday for a closed-door fundraiser for his Leadership Matters for America PAC.