Chris Christie was the 55th Governor of the State of New Jersey.  During his time in office, Governor Christie emphasized the issues of fiscal responsibility, pension and health benefit reform, education reform and the opioid crisis gripping his state and the nation. His March 2017 law restricting opioid prescriptions led to a 26% reduction in those prescriptions in its first year. He also devised the state’s groundbreaking response to Super storm Sandy, leading the rebuilding of the state’s housing, infrastructure and public schools and setting a bi-partisan example for storm recovery. Christie was appointed as Chairman of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. Prior to his service as Governor, he served as the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey from January 2002 to December 2008. He served as the chief federal law enforcement officer in New Jersey for seven years, he led the fight on terrorism in the post-9/11 period, increased resources to fight gang violence, gun crimes and political corruption.  He is now a Senior Legal and Political Commentator for ABC News and the Managing Member of the Christie Law Firm and Christie 55 Solutions, LLC in Morristown, NJ. 

The TOWN HALL Lecture Series has been captivating audiences for over 40 years.  Our presentations have included some of the most engaging, influential, entertaining and educational speakers in the world, which we welcome to stimulate, inspire and inform EVERY season.
In an area known for its arts and culture, TOWN HALL is among the many assets and known for producing presentations that are innovative, compelling and often “one and only” events that can’t be seen anywhere else.  This rich history means our patrons have incredibly high expectations for each new season, and we do our best to bring in speakers who bring something unique and special to Sarasota.
Many times our speakers are controversial, but we strive to bring speakers whose subject will cause you to think and maybe even get excited about the topic, whether pro or con.  TOWN HALL helps us all embrace our experience in hearing what others think, whether we agree or not. 
Proceeds from the TOWN HALL Lecture Series support the Ringling College of Art and Design Library and the RCLA student scholarship fund.

This is a Ringling Town Hall Performance, tickets are NOT sold through the Van Wezel. To purchase tickets, please click HERE, or call (941) 309-5100 if you have any questions or comments.

This event does NOT offer pre-show dining catered by Mattison's.

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Van Wezel dining in the Grand Foyer before the show!

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