New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Elected in 2009, Gov. Christie is the first Republican elected to lead New Jersey in 12 years. Born in Newark, the bombastic leader was urged by Republican activists to run for Republican nomination this election, but opted to stay out of the race.
As governor, he approved a cap on property tax, cut payroll tax cut and cut state employee pensions. He vetoed a bill to allow same-sex marriage in his state, scrapped federal-state plan to build a new train tunnel between New Jersey and Manhattan sighting budget constraints. According to the New York Times, the governor approved more than $1.5 billion in tax breaks for businesses that promised to increase jobs in the state.
Christie endorsed Romney in October and has been a consistent surrogate throughout the campaign.