Chris Christie’s 4-year multi-million dollar beach house project sparks questions from neighbors

In 2018, Chris Christie bought a $2.9 million New Jersey beach house, only to spend the next four years and millions more tearing it down and building a new property, The Post has learned.

Located in Bay Head, the waterfront property is now worth more than $5.5 million, according to an estimate by Zillow.

However, a source tells The Post that they are not sure how Christie, a Republican currently running for the White House, is paying for these expenses since leaving the governor’s office several years ago.

The salary of a governor is $175,000 a year.

“I don’t even know what the guy is doing now… How can he afford this lifestyle?” said the informant.

It’s unclear if Christie plans to eventually list the home for a profit. The Post has reached out for comment.

Before and after photos on the site show a newer, larger home, now occupying nearly 7,000 square feet. The previous residence was much smaller, spanning just over 4,000 square feet.

Completed in 2022, the house is a stone’s throw from the birthplace of Scientology and is home to a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer from one of his favorite bands, The Record.

The new house in place of the old now occupies 7,000 square feet. Robert Miller
christie christie at homeThe new house when it was under construction.Robert Miller
Chris Christie old house The previous house that Chris Christie bought in 2018 for $2.9 million before being demolished. Thomas P. Costello/Asbury Press

The new house consists of four floors with several balconies and a garage for two cars.

An earlier description of the now torn-down property reads, “a classic home designed for summer or year-round living – enjoy the private landscaped courtyard with pool and spa, or relax on the breezy sundeck.”

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When Christie was first buying property in the area in 2016, she let it be known to the media that it was “none of anybody’s business” that she was buying a home.

christie christie at homeThe new house features a shingled exterior with columns. Robert Miller
christie christie at homeAndrew Christie, Chris Christie’s eldest son, graduates from Princeton.Robert Miller
christie christie at homeA dome is seen on top of the house.Robert Miller

Christie was the 55th governor of New Jersey from 2010 to 2018. Over the past few years, while he was running for president for the first time, records show that the 32 days he spent campaigning cost US taxpayers $193,890. Taxpayers also paid more than $600,000 to cover the cost of its security.

A lawsuit was filed claiming he “improperly forced New Jersey taxpayers to cover the cost of the Governor’s security and other key expenses while he pursued the presidency.” But the suit was later dismissed.

After leaving office, Christie worked at ABC News as a contributor. In January 2019, she published a book titled “Let me finish”.

christie christie at homeThe house now features a reddish facade from the previous black-shingle style house. Robert Miller

In 2020, during the pandemic, he registered as a lobbyist and was paid $240,000 on behalf of a Tennessee-based chain of addiction treatment centers and three New Jersey hospital systems seeking federal funding.

He wrote a second book in 2021, titled “Republican Rescue.”

Meanwhile, Christie and his wife Mary Pat still own their 7,000-square-foot main house in Menhdam, which they bought in 1998 for $775,000.

Sitting on 6 acres, that house is now worth $2.1 million.

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