||Christopher Christie - United States Attorney
Christopher J. Christie addressed 'Why
Ethical Behavior Is Important in Corporate, Government and Public Institutions'.
As United States Attorney, Christopher J. Christie has overseen a number
of criminal and civil prosecutions. One of the most recent
dramatic examples has been at the University of Medicine and Dentistry
of New Jersey. The scandal of UMDNJ’s purposeful over-billing of
Medicaid led to an ongoing series of financial, management and personnel
reforms required to avoid criminal prosecution for health care fraud under
terms of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement. UMDNJ is a striking example
of an organization in which an underlying lack of strong ethical behavior
appears to have permeated the senior levels of its management to a significant
degree. Having witnessed many examples of corporate fraud and ethical
misbehavior and the negative consequences of these misdeeds, Mr. Christie
understands why defining and ensuring the application of ethical behavior
throughout the workplace is important. Both sound ethical policies
and the expectation of ethical behavior in the workplace are important
for economic progress, social stability, and public trust in corporate,
government and public institutions.
Mr. Christie is a graduate of the University
of Delaware, and Seton Hall University School of Law, where he received
his Juris Doctor degree in 1987. Chris was admitted to the Bar of the State
of New Jersey and the Bar of the United States District Court, District
of New Jersey in 1987. From 1995 to 1997, Chris served as a Morris County
Freeholder, and he was elected Director of the Board in 1997. He was nominated
by President George W. Bush to be United States Attorney for the District
of New Jersey on December 7, 2001. He was unanimously confirmed by the
United States Senate on December 20, 2001 and sworn into office on January
17, 2002 by the Honorable Joel A. Pisano, U.S.D.J. Chris is in his fifth
year as the chief federal law enforcement officer in the State of New Jersey.
He is in charge of a 139 lawyer operation with offices in Newark, Trenton,
and Camden. Chris served in 2004 and 2005 as one of seventeen U.S.
Attorneys on Attorney General Gonzales' Advisory Committee. In 2004, Chris
was named one of America's top ten prosecutors by the Corporate Crime Reporter.
Chris has been married to his wife Mary Pat for 20 years, and they are
the parents of four children.
Christopher did not use vu-graphs.