While in New Hampshire seeking to boost his presidential prospects, Gov. Christie said Friday that he did not consider himself wealthy.
"No, I don't," he told a reporter. The remarks were broadcast and posted online by NJ.com. "I don't consider myself a wealthy man. Wealth is defined in a whole bunch of different ways."
Christie and his wife, Mary Pat Christie, reported $698,838 in income in 2013. About $475,000 of that income came from Angelo, Gordon & Co., an investment firm where Mary Pat Christie is a managing director.
Christie said in New Hampshire that "Mary Pat and I have worked really hard, we've done well over the course of our lives. But you know we have four children to raise, a lot of things to do." He also said that "most people don't think of me" as wealthy.
Asked about rising college tuition costs during a town-hall meeting Wednesday in Londonderry, N.H., Christie noted that he and his wife would be paying more than $120,000 next year for his son's tuition at Princeton and his daughter's at Notre Dame.
Christie also discussed the topic of wealth during an editorial board meeting this week with the New Hampshire Union Leader that was shown online, telling the board that he and Mary Pat were "not wealthy, by current standards," according to NJ.com.
In 2012, the Christies reported $478,977 in income. In 2011, they reported $567,772.
The Christies' income places them in the top 1 percent of earners nationally, and in or approaching the top 1 percent in New Jersey, depending on the year, according to several online calculators.
Nationally, the annual household income for the top 1 percent of earners was $400,000 in 2012, according to a CNN calculator using U.S. Census Bureau data.
A New Jersey Department of Treasury report from last year said the top one percent group of full-year resident filers earned a gross income of at least $599,097 in the 2012 tax year, based on tax returns.