Combative New Jersey Governor Chris Christie isn’t just combative on the campaign trail and at the Trenton office, he takes the style home with him. In Matt Katz’s new revealing book about Christie, American Governor: Chris Christie’s Bridge to Redemption, the governor’s not shy about talking marriage. Heterosexual marriage, that is. (The governor is not a fan of gay marriage.) His marriage.
The excellent WNYC reporter Matt Katz always delivers. He’s a political junkie of the first order — witness the sly use of Bridge in the title, echoing Christie’s George Washington Bridge scandal. Perhaps the most revealing thing — at least personally — in the book is Christie’s marriage talk, and the revelation that the fights between him and his wife, Mary Pat, are so loud and brutal that the couple retreats to a walk-in closet to have it out so no one, especially the kids, will hear. Unfortunately, Christie’s strategy won’t work for everybody. A walk-in closet is very much a wealthy person’s home accessory. As USA Today reports in an article about home ownership, “Having a walk-in closet in the master bedroom is also a status symbol.”