The official reason for the resignation was 'to spend more time with her family and young children'.
But many will see the move as a sign that New Jersey governor Christie, 52, is coming closer to seeking the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential election.
Mary Pat Christie, the wife of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, has quit her job as a senior executive at a major hedge fund signaling that her husband is likely to make his 2016 president ambitions official, the FOX Business Network has learned.
Mary Pat Christie told officials at the New York-based Angelo Gordon & Co. earlier in the week that she would resign from the job she had held since 2012, as her husband moves closer to officially announcing his 2016 intentions, people with direct knowledge of the matter say.
Although Chris Christie has been traveling the country, including early primary states like New Hampshire, he has yet to make his intention official. The timing of such an announcement remains unclear.
When he does announce his intentions, Christie would join a crowded Republican field that includes Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Like Christie, neither Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker nor former Florida Governor Jeb Bush have made their candidacy for the Republic nomination official, though both are likely to run.
Through spokesmen, Mary Pat Christie and Angelo Gordon declined comment to FOX Business. In a statement, a spokesman for Governor Chris Christie said: "Mrs. Christie has decided to take a hiatus from her work in the finance world to spend more time with her family and young children. She recently resigned her position as a Managing Director at Angelo Gordon."
As late as last week, Chris Christie said he and his wife hadn’t made up their minds about an expected presidential run. "You don't rush that decision…You do that in the time that it takes," he said on the Today show that aired April 16. "It is absolutely the truth that Mary Pat and I have not made this decision yet."
But people close the power couple say that Mary Pat told officials at Angelo Gordon that the reason for her resignation was that her husband was close to making his entry into the race official.