Catalina Camia, USA TODAY
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his wife are an example of a growing trend in the American economy.
Mary Pat Christie, a bond trader, earns more than her Republican-politician husband. She earned $307,302 in 2011, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, while the governor took in $175,000.
There's a lot of role reversal going on in U.S. households, as USA TODAY reported this week. These days 28% of women are the top earners when both spouses work, up from 16% in 1988.
Christie doesn't seem to mind that his wife is the top breadwinner. As the magazine reported, Mary Pat Christie's earnings have allowed the governor to practice politics. With his typical swagger, he recently told a New Jersey audience that he explained to a friend that he doesn't feel emasculated by his wife's earnings.
"Listen," Christie is quoted as saying. "I just have three words for you: joint checking account. That money all lands in the same place, baby."