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NJ gov's personal finances remain mostly the same

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 8:17am
The Associated Press

Newly released financial disclosure statements show New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's financial portfolio remains chiefly the same.

According to forms released this week, Christie's wife, Mary Pat, reported earning between $250,000 and $500,000 less than last year.

She earned more than $500,000 in 2009 working part-time as a vice president at Cantor Fitzgerald investment bank in New York.

The Christies reported having more than a half-million dollars in real-estate holdings in New Jersey and have between $100,000 and $250,000 in royalty rights from Listerine mouthwash.

The disclosure reports are required of most high-level state public employees and officers but don't detail exact finances, just general ranges. The Christies filed for an extension on their income taxes this year, as they did last year, and his office says they will release them once they are filed with the IRS. They will release Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno's taxes as that time as well.

Tax forms provide far more detailed information.

Financial disclosure forms were filed this week for members of Christie's Cabinet, several of whom are wealthy, such as Transportation Commissioner James Simpson, Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff, and Christie's chief of staff, Richard Bagger, a former Pfizer Inc. executive.

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