Seton Hall University School of Law and The Christie Institute for Public Policy Formalize Agreement


Internships, Scholarships, Speaker Series Part of Relationship

MORRISTOWN, NJ Jan 21, 2020 – The Christie Institute for Public Policy, a not-for-profit foundation founded by former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Seton Hall University School of Law today announced an agreement that will provide educational and financial support for students of the School of Law. The Institute also has launched The Christie Institute for Public Policy Lecture Series, which will host quarterly national and international discussions on nonpartisan issues of consequence and importance to our society. Seton Hall students, faculty, administrators and alumni will participate in the events. To date, the Institute has hosted a discussion with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at Seton Hall Law School, and will host a discussion with former Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger.

“I am thrilled that our newly-formed Institute will not just provide insightful bi-partisan dialogue about matters of national importance but will also benefit the students of this great Law School,” said Governor Christie. “Our team looks forward to a long and significant relationship with my alma matter, Seton Hall Law School.”

“The Christie Institute will bring exciting conversations with world-renowned speakers to our campus,” said Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., President of Seton Hall University. “The Institute’s commitment to supporting our law students will provide an immediate benefit to those individuals. The Lecture Series enhances Seton Hall’s work to cultivate great minds by engaging with the great conversations and challenges of our time.”

The Christie Institute will endow one or more scholarships or a fund for loan repayment support for Seton Hall Law students who aspire to careers in public interest or public service.

The Institute will also facilitate externship placements designed to train students in law and public policy; provide students with a greater understanding of law-making and development of public policy; and increase student awareness of the professional responsibility and ethical obligations of attorneys and public policy professionals.

About The Christie Institute For Public Policy The Christie Institute for Public Policy was formed in 2019 by Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, working in partnership with Seton Hall University Law School. The Institute, which will be a 501©(3) nonprofit, educational organization, will foster the understanding of major public policy issues facing our nation through a nonpartisan perspective.

The Christie Institute was founded to provide a forum for open discussions on matters of national and international significance. The Institute will host quarterly public policy lectures, award scholarships to law students committed to careers in public service and engage in the development of public policy initiatives through sponsored research.

The Institute hosted its inaugural event on September 26, 2019 by welcoming Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York for a discussion with Governor Chris Christie. The two Governors had a thoughtful and engaging conversation on what is needed to restore bipartisanship in governing, and how their personal relationship led to their successful joint efforts in governing, with special emphasis on their work during Superstorm Sandy. The lecture in full is available for viewing on the Institute website: In 2020 the Institute will host events on topics including health care and national and global leadership.

About Seton Hall University School of Law Founded in 1951 and located in Newark, Seton Hall University School of Law is New Jersey’s only private law school and a leading Catholic law school in the New York metropolitan area. Seton Hall Law is dedicated to preparing students for the multiplicity of pathways open to professionals with a legal education in a world transformed by technology. The Law School also offers a robust selection of online and live compliance programs in privacy, cybersecurity, financial services, and health and life sciences for law and graduate students, as well as mid-career professionals.