For Immediate Release
Contact: Charlie Copeland
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to Receive 2011 Pete du Pont Freedom Award
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be awarded the Pete du Pont Freedom Award at a dinner on September 20, 2011 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware.
The award, given by a committee formed to honor former Governor Pete du Pont and to promote the ideals which drove one of Delaware’s most successful administrations, has been made to four individuals since 2003: columnist and political commentator George Will; former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich; former Mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani and publisher, Steve Forbes.
Mr. Christie was elected Governor of New Jersey in 2009 after distinguished service as the top federal prosecutor in New Jersey, during which he successfully prosecuted over 130 corrupt public officials, both Democrat and Republican, without losing a case. As Governor, his initiatives to shrink state government and create an economic environment attractive to employers have achieved considerable national comment.
In addition, Governor Christie’s links with Delaware go beyond sharing a common boundary. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1984 and can frequently be seen in the stands at Blue Hen home football games.
Governor du Pont, who chairs the selection committee, spoke about his enthusiasm for 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, Governor du Pont said. “Leading a state through tough times is challenging, but Governor Christie has displayed a firm sense of principles as well as considerable courage in wrestling with those who favor ever larger tax bites, more public employment and greater government control.”
When informed of the award Governor Christie said, “Delaware holds a special place in my heart and personal history; my wife Mary Pat and I met at University of Delaware, and we’ve shared a wonderful and successful life together ever since. I am truly honored by this award, and 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.”
More information about the Committee and the award are available at www.petedupontfreedomaward.com. Tickets to the dinner and other events of that day are available. Proceeds of the event will be directed by Governor du Pont and the Committee toward candidates and organizations who value freedom, smaller government, and competitive markets. An honorarium of $10,000 will be given to Governor Christie with the award.