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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has had quite the year. Christie rose to national prominence as a Republican firebrand with a penchant for saying exactly what’s on his mind.
It’s a habit that has infuriated Democrats, and even irked members of his own party, some of whom claim his last-week campaign embrace of President Barack Obama during superstorm Sandy cost Mitt Romney the election.
Town hall meetings became a key part of Christie's effort to sell Jersey residents on his 10 per cent income tax cut. Here he is at a town hall meeting in January.
He delivered a eulogy for Republican Assembly Leader Alex DeCroce in January, who tragically collapsed and died at the New Jersey Statehouse.
He teamed up with Mitt Romney in the earliest days of the Republican primaries. Here he is campaigning with the Republican presidential candidate in New Hampshire Jan. 8.
He visited Israel, fueling speculation about a 2016 presidential run. Here he is meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Christie, Obama and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo toured the One World Trade centre site and were briefed on the progress.
He and Jimmy Buffett announced that Buffett's Margaritaville franchise would be coming to Atlantic City.
Christie came out swinging — literally — as he prepared to give the keynote speech at the Republican National Convention.
Christie also campaigned for Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown. He probably didn't need the megaphone though.
This campaign stop in Iowa in late October was Christie's last shining moment as a Romney surrogate. He accused Obama of not having the ability to lead.
A week later, he welcomed Obama to tour the damage from Hurricane Sandy. This became the defining image of the campaign's last week.
But he was criticised post-election for wilfully boosting Obama during the final week of the campaign.
In November, he made a joke about Twinkies, refusing to answer a question about Hostess' bankruptcy for fear of ending up on Saturday Night Live.
Post-election, he has kept up his spree of media appearances, like last week's guest spot on The Daily Show.
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