Christopher Rein, State of NJ

Christopher Rein, CTO State of New Jersey.
Office of the Governor, New Jersey.
Christopher Rein, CTO State of New Jersey.

Chris Rein is the chief technology officer for the State of New Jersey. In this position, he leads the state's office of information technology, which is a 700-person team charged with operating the technology infrastructure for the executive branch — more than 50 state departments, agencies and offices.

Previously, Rein was the deputy director of Homeland Security's cybersecurity and communications integration cell. In this role, he also served as New Jersey's deputy chief information security officer. His background includes 38 years developing, integrating and managing software, as well as holding leadership roles with large and complex information technology projects.

Prior to joining the NJ Office of Homeland Security, Rein held the position of vice president and chief information officer for CSI Technology, a New Jersey software development company serving law enforcement, regulatory and judiciary markets. He served as the NJ state police IT program manager/CIO and earlier advanced in technical and management roles over some 20 years at the former Bell Atlantic and its technology subsidiary, Bellcore.

Rein received his undergraduate degree in computer science from Rutgers University and earned his master's degree in technology management from Stevens Institute of Technology.