Mary Pat likes to joke that her “career was very good training for raising money for the campaign because I've been taking rejection for 30 years.”
Raised in Paoli, Pennsylvania, Mary Pat grew up as one of ten children. The two met in college when Mary Pat was a freshman and Chris was a sophomore at the University of Delaware. They have been married for 29 years and have four children.
“I just thought he was funny and interesting,” Mary Pat said. “He had great stories. He still has great stories. And he was cute.”
The Christies’ involvement in politics can be traced back to college.
“He pulled me into student government. I really didn't have an interest in it, so he talked me into it," she said. "I got involved. He eventually ran for president and I ran as his secretary when he was a senior and he won. And then the following year I ran for president and I won.”
“This is a team sport, running for president,” she said. “There's nothing I'd rather do than help my husband.”
ABC News' Justine Quart, Angel Canales, Shushannah Walshe and Arthur Niemynski contributed to this report.