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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Says He's 'Not Wealthy,' Family In Top 1 Percent

| by Michael Allen

Republican Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey recently claimed that he is not wealthy, even though his family income is in the top one percent.

"The fact that my wife and I, who are not wealthy by current standards, that we have to file a tax return that's that thick ... is insane," Christie told the Manchester Union-Leader last Monday, noted NJ.com.

"We don't have nearly that much money," Christie added.

On their 2013 tax returns, Christie's family reported an income of $698,838, which is about eight times the median household income in New Jersey between the years of 2009 and 2013, noted NJ.com. The national median household income in the U.S. is close to $52,000, reported MSNBC.

"If the Christies had an adjusted gross income of almost $600,000, they're certainly in the top 1 percent," Eric Toder, co-director of the Tax Policy Center, a non-partisan D.C. organization, told NJ.com.

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However, Christie insisted again last Friday that he wasn’t wealthy reported NJ.com:

I don't consider myself a wealthy man. Listen, wealth is defined in a whole bunch of different ways and in the end Mary Pat and I have worked really hard, we've done well over the course of our lives, but, you know, we have four children to raise and a lot of things to do. So no, I don't consider ourselves, and I don't think most people think of me that way.

The Washington Post notes that in 2009 "Christie estimated his net worth to be $3.8 million dollars," which would again put him in the top one percent.

Pew Research Center reported in 2014, "In August, the Census Bureau released detailed wealth tabulations that imply that the minimum wealth level needed to qualify for the wealthiest 1% of American households increased from $2.3 million in 2009 to $2.4 million in 2011."

Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said in 2013, "And I don't even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing," (video below).

Sources: NJ.com 1, NJ.com 2, Pew Research Center, The Washington Post, MSNBC, ThinkProgress
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