NJ Governor Chris Christie awarded du Pont Freedom Award
Chris Christee has been awarded the prestigious du Pont freedom award.
New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie has been awarded the Pete du Pont Freedom award. Christie will be the fifth recipient of the award after columnist and political commentator, George Will, former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and publisher Steve Forbes.
Named after one of the most prominent leaders of Delaware, Pete du Pont, the award is given to an accomplished world citizen who, like du Pont himself, demonstrates “…a life- long leadership commitment to the cause of preserving and enhancing individual freedoms.
Du Pont announces the award
“Those of us in Delaware who value individual freedom enabled by smaller and less intrusive government have watched with almost hometown pride as Chris Christie has led New Jersey away from a government that was out of control,” du Pont said in a statement which announced the award. Du Pont himself led a small committee to select the award winner.
Christie, who attended the University of Delaware said that he was honored by the award. “I… embrace its ideals every day as I work to bring New Jersey back to its full potential as an economic and civic model for other states to emulate.”
Elected as the NJ governer in 2009, Christie had a distinguished career as a federal prosecutor. During this period, he prosecuted 130 corrupt public officials, without losing a single case. His efforts, as NJ governor, to shrink state government and create an economic environment, attractive to employees, have been commended through out the nation.
One of the most popular NJ governers, Christie is a man highly admired in NJ and people believe he is the man who could get the state back on track. According to the recent Monmouth University- New Jersey Press Media poll, 50 percent NJ citizens approved the way Christie is working.
The award will be awarded to Christie on Sept 20,2011 at a traditional dinner in Delaware. He will also be receiving an honorarium of $10,000 along with the award.