Chris Christie Is Italian, In Part, And Here’s Why It Matters

Jul 01, 2015 1961

by Chris Tognotti

The Republican presidential field was already big, but it grew even further on Tuesday morning. After declining to run for the highest office in the land back in 2012, when his political stars seemed most aligned, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is finally taking the plunge, officially entering the 2016 race. It's big news by any measure, even if Christie's fortunes don't look so bright at the moment, and there will likely never be a better time to get familiar with the man. So, here's a question: what ethnicity is Chris Christie?

Perhaps the question strikes you as a little strange. By and large, it's the sort of thing that typically gets thrown around aggressively about non-white public figures, so why not strike a blow for equality this time? Turnabout's fair play, after all, and besides, Christie's ethnic background actually would represent a White House first.

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