Christie was born and spent the first 6 years of her life in St. Paul. When she was 3 years old, her sister was born, and then her parents divorced.
At age 6 when Christie’s mother remarried, the family moved to Groton, Connecticut because her adoptive father was stationed at Groton Naval Base. Since her adoptive father was a Navy electronics technician on submarines, they also moved to Satellite Beach, Florida, Hampton / Norfolk, Virginia, and back to Groton, Connecticut.
Christie went to high school in Oakdale, Connecticut at Montville High School. She earned a 3.3 g.p.a. For her first 3 years, she played soccer, basketball, and softball and was a flag twirler for the band. Starting the summer after her junior year, she worked as a waitress at Bee Bee Dairy Restaurant, a family restaurant with a creamery, in nearby Waterford.
In 1995, Christie earned her B.A. in Political Science Public Service with a minor in Legal Studies at Hamline University in St. Paul, with a 3.74 g.p.a. Her Connecticut high school classmates had asked her why she wanted to go to college in Minnesota, where there’s nothing but farms and prairie, to which she replied that her family lives there and it’s more economically developed. She was on the Mock Trial Team, and her team went to the regional competition yearly. She also interned at the office of Minnesota Senator Steven Novak.
In 2009, Christie earned her Paralegal Certificate at Hamline University. She interned in business, real estate, estate, and probate law at Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills, & Bauer in Apple Valley. She graduated summa cum laude, with a 4.0 g.p.a.
Christie dated and then was married to her late-husband Karl Thompson from 1993 to 2009. He unexpectedly died of a heart attack at age 39. They have a son and a daughter, now ages 20 and 14.
Christie added her kids’ 2 dogs to the family a few years ago.
Christie’s favorite recreational activities are dancing, singing, walking in nature, laying and swimming on the beach, boating, playing strategy board and card games, playing basketball, soccer, and softball/baseball, attending historical and cultural events, and spending time with her friends and family.