Chris Christie on His Tax Returns: `Three Words For You Fellas’

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, left, and wife Mary Pat Foster during a walk through at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa.

Gov. Chris Christie will be celebrating a 26th anniversary of a different sort this week when he releases his 2011 income tax returns: Wife Mary Pat will continue more than two decades of out-earning him.

Yet don’t expect New Jersey’s governor, a Republican who counts presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Home Depot Inc. co-founder Kenneth Langone among his wealthy friends, to be too upset about it. Though he wouldn’t tell 700 people at a town hall meeting in West Milford today exactly how much the couple brought in last year, he said they “did well.”

“I’ve got three words for you fellas– joint checking account,” said the first-term executive, who earns $175,000 from the Garden State’s taxpayers for his services. “It all goes to the same place, baby.”

In their 2010 filings, released last October, the couple reported $449,607 in taxable income, according to the Star-Ledger of Newark.

Mary Pat Christie, a vice president at Cantor Fitzgerald, reported $264,681 in income for 2010, down from $517,240 for the previous year, the Star-Ledger reported. The first family paid $116,072 in federal taxes and $30,285 in state and local taxes, the paper said.

The 50-year-old governor has clashed with government unions and double-dipping public servants, who he’s accused of placing their own financial interests above taxpayers with lucrative pay packages. He also capped pay for public-school superintendents at his own level.


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