Christie and Wife Earned Nearly $1 Million in 2014

NEWARK (AP) -

Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie and his wife reported nearly $1 million in income last year, according to tax returns released by the New Jersey governor’s office Friday.

The returns show the Christies made $970,161 in 2014, thanks largely to Christie’s wife’s former high-paying Wall Street job.

Mary Pat Christie took a hiatus from her position as managing director at Angelo, Gordon & Co. in April before Christie launched his presidential run. At the time, she said she wanted to spend more time with the couple’s four children and now often travels with the governor when he’s on the road.

The total marks a significant jump from 2013, when the couple reported $698,838 in income.

In addition to her wages from Angelo Gordon, Mary Pat also reported earning $34,698 from another former employer, Cantor Fitzgerald, as part of a partnership paid out over five years. The governor makes an annual salary of $175,000, but invests a portion in a 401(k) retirement fund each year. The couple also makes money from blind trusts in their names.