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|jobs = <small>'''?—[[1997|OCTOBER 1997]]'''</small><br/>TV/Film PR Agent at Triton Day<br/><small>'''[[1997|OCTOBER 1997]]—[[1998]]'''</small><br/>[[Bartlet for America (1998)]]<br/><small>'''[[1999]]—[[2005]]'''</small><br/>[[White House Press Secretary]]<br/><small>'''[[2005]]—[[2007]]'''</small><br/>[[White House Chief of Staff]]
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|family = Talmidge Cregg<br/><small>(father)</small><br/>Two unnamed brothers<br/><small>(mentioned)</small><br/>Hogan Cregg<br/><small>(niece)</small><br/>Molly Lapham Cregg<br/><small>(stepmother)</small><br/>Libby Lapham<br/><small>(stepsister)</small><br/>
|birthname = Claudia Jean Cregg|profession = Politics<br>Communications/PR|affiliation = Democratic Party|family = Talmidge Cregg (father) two brothers only mentioned.|romances = [[Danny Concannon]] (husband)<br>[[Simon Donovan]] † (a kiss before being shot)|haircolor = Light brown|total = 147|height = 6 foot even}}'''Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg''' was the [[White House Chief of Staff]] and [[Press Secretary]] to [[President]] [[Josiah Bartlet]].
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}}'''C.J. Cregg''' served as the [[White House Press Secretary]], then [[White House Chief of Staff]] to [[President]] [[Josiah Bartlet]] after the resignation of [[Leo McGarry]]. Cregg previously worked in Public Relations.
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== Character ==
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As White House Press Secretary, C.J. was sharp, well-spoken and witty. She wasn’t pleased to discover her Secret Service codename, “Flamingo”, a bird she described as “ridiculous-looking”.
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On festive occasions, C.J. could be persuaded to perform a dead-on lip sync of [[The Jackal]] by Ronnie Jordan, which [[Sam Seaborn]] described as ''“Shakespeare the way it’s meant to be done”''. Oftentimes she was also good-naturedly competitive about her comparative education with other senior staffers like [[Josh Lyman]] and [[Toby Ziegler]].
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== Biography ==
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C.J, a catholic, grew up in Dayton, [[Ohio]], with two brothers, the only daughter of Talmidge Cregg, a Math Professor.
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She graduated from West Dayton High School and was the first female player to dunk a basketball in Ohio high school history.
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Her mother died when she was young, and her father remarried twice.
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A National Merit Scholar, C.J. attended college at Williams College and later earned a master's degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her undergraduate major is never disclosed.
   
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
Originally from Dayton, [[Ohio]], C.J. attended [[U.C. Berkeley]]. Her father (Talmidge Cregg) was a high school math teacher. C.J. has a couple of older brothers (''[[The Black Vera Wang]]'') and a niece, Hogan. She initially worked at a public relations firm in New York, which she left to do PR for one of [[Toby Ziegler|Toby's]] failed senatorial campaigns. According to Toby, she made a minimal impact and they lost in a landslide (''[[Access]]''). She would go on to work at a prominent [[California]] public relations firm, where she made $550,000/year, before coming to work for [[Josiah Bartlet|Governor Bartlet's]] 1998 presidential campaign, making a modest $600/week.  She was recruited to the campaign by [[Toby Ziegler]], who was impressed by her work with EMILY's List, which helps fund women running for political office.  Toby surprised her in her backyard just moments after she was fired from her P.R. job.  C.J. fell into the pool. (''[[In the Shadow of Two Gunmen]]''). According to her, the biggest mistake she ever made was having a one-night-stand with then Texas senator [[John Hoynes]] ([[Full Disclosure|''Full Disclosure'']]). She is a Catholic. ([http://westwing.wikia.com/wiki/The_Crackpots_and_These_Women ''The Crackpots and these Women''])
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Before the [[White House]], C.J. worked with [[Emily's List]] and as a PR agent at the [[California]] public relations company, Triton Day where she earned $550,000 a year. She was fired from that job in October 1997<ref>[[In the Shadow of Two Gunmen (Part II)]]</ref> and her old friend, [[Toby Ziegler]], recruited her to the [[Josiah Bartlet]] presidential campaign, [[Bartlet for America (1998)|Bartlet For America]], the same day. He told her Josiah Bartlet was impressed by the work C.J. had done at EMILY's List, then admits Bartlet has never heard of her: she is his and Leo McGarry's choice. 
   
==White House==
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=== <u>Press Secretary</u> ===
As White House Press Secretary, C.J. was sharp, well-spoken and witty. She was less than pleased to discover that her Secret Service codename was "Flamingo", a bird which C.J. described as being "ridiculous-looking". On festive occasions, C.J. can be persuaded to perform her dead-on lip synch of [[The Jackal]] by Ronnie Jordan, which [[Sam Seaborn]] described as "Shakespeare the way it's meant to be done."
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C.J. was at the Newseum in Rosslyn, Virginia when the President and his staff were fired upon by white supremacists. She remembered being knocked down early and noticed her necklace missing, later figuring out Sam was the one who pushed her out of harm’s way.  
   
C.J. was at the Newseum in Rosslyn, Virginia when the President and his staff were fired upon by a pair of young white supremacists.  C.J. remembered being knocked down when the shots began and noticed her necklace was missing.  She later figured out Sam was the one who pushed her out of harm's way.  
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C.J. often championed contrary views on many volatile topics in the West Wing, such as weapons sales to Q’umar and the right of the public to be told things that may cause panic and chaos.
   
Toward the end of Bartlet's first term, C.J. received a series of death threats after publicly criticizing Saudi Arabia's treatment of women. C.J. often represented a contradictory view on many volatile topics that enter the West Wing, such as the weapons sales to Qumar and the right of the public to be told something that may only serve to cause panic and chaos. After the death threats were discovered, C.J. was placed under the protection of Secret Service agent [[Simon Donovan]], with whom she kisses before he is shot at a convence store. As President Bartlet and his entourage visited New York to watch 'The Wars of the Roses', Simon was told the FBI had detained the perpetrator. Simon pulled C.J. out of the crowd and delivered the news privately. Shortly after leaving C.J., Agent Donovan visited a local grocery shop and unknowingly walked into the middle of an armed robbery.  After detaining one gunman, a second, unseen suspect shot and killed him.  C.J. was visibly distraught after learning of Donovan's murder. ([[322|Posse Comitatus]]).
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In the season 2 episode, [[The Drop In]], CJ travels to New York to receive an award from New York Women in Communications
   
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Toward the end of Bartlet’s first term, she received death threats after publicly criticizing Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women and was assigned protection by Secret Service agent [[Simon Donovan]], with whom she began an unrealized romance. As President Bartlet and his entourage visited New York to watch ''“The Wars of the Roses”'', the FBI told him they’d arrested the culprit; he pulled C.J. out of the crowd to privately deliver the news and, no longer held up by duty, they kissed. Minutes after, however, he unknowingly walked into a local grocery shop in the middle of an armed robbery and, after cuffing one gunman, was shot and killed by another. C.J. was visibly distraught after learning of this (“[[Posse Comitatus]]”).
   
Shortly before President Bartlet's second inauguration, C.J. returned home to deliver a speech at her 20th high school reunion She saw her father, suffering from Alzheimer's, struggling to cope with life. His third wife, previously C.J.'s English teacher, had left him. C.J. wrestled with the reality of her dad's deteriorating condition After taking him to see a doctor, she attempted to give her speech, but was called back to Washington as she spoke.
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Shortly before President Bartlet’s Second Inauguration, she returned home to deliver a speech at her 20th high school reunion, and visited her father suffering from Alzheimer’s and struggling to cope after his third wife (C.J.’s previous English teacher) left him. C.J. wrestled with the reality of her dad’s declining condition; after taking him to a doctor, she attempted to give her speech but was called back to Washington due to threats to American embassies in Asia.
   
[[Image:CJ_Resigns.jpg|thumb|left|C.J. resigns as Press Secretary.]]
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In the fifth season, it is revealed that C.J. had a one-night stand with [[Vice President of the United States|Vice President]] [[John Hoynes]], who was married at the time, approximately four years before the Bartlet administration entered the White House. She tells [[Toby Ziegler|Toby]] that she considers that night to be one of the greatest mistakes of her life.
   
Midway through Bartlet's second term, [[Leo McGarry]] suffered a near-fatal heart attack and was forced to resign his position as White House Chief of Staff.  Bartlet named C.J. his successor, at Leo's suggestion.  After a rough period of "learning the ropes", she settled into her new position and earned the respect of her colleagues and the Washington political establishment.  Late in the term, C.J. was initially suspected of leaking classified information about a secret military space shuttle to ''New York Times ''correspondent Greg Brock, but [[Toby Ziegler]] eventually confessed to the crime and was fired. After Matthew Santos won the presidential election to succeed Bartlet, [[Josh Lyman]] attempted to recruit C.J. into the administration.  She was also offered several lucrative positions at major corporations.
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=== <u>Chief Of Staff</u> ===
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[[Image:CJ_Resigns.jpg|thumb|right|C.J. resigns as Press Secretary.]]
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Midway through Bartlet’s second term, [[Leo McGarry]] suffered a near-fatal heart attack and was forced to resign his position as White House Chief of Staff. At Leo’s advice, Bartlet named C.J. his successor. In spite of initial warmth (the pressroom gives C.J. a standing ovation when Bartlet announces her appointment), C.J. receives criticism on her appointment to the position of chief of staff because of her relative lack of foreign policy experience. After a rough period “learning the ropes”, C.J. grows into the role. The episode [[The Wake Up Call]] marks a significant turning point in C.J.'s relationship with both the President and her new role, when she tells Bartlet he needs to trust her to do her job after an international crisis involving Iran.
   
C.J. had a long on-again, off-again flirtation with ''Washington Post'' White House correspondent [[Danny Concannon]], although C.J. felt that they could not date because it would be a conflict of interest
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By the seventh season, C.J. is as confident with her new role as she was with her old, and has learned to gauge the President's mood and when he will be most receptive of her ideas. She successfully navigates the murky waters of [[United Nations|UN]] politics, setting up a UN Security Council resolution to end a humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan
   
Danny spent several of the early seasons trying to woo C.J. After Josh Lyman advised him of C.J.'s love of "Goldfish". Danny bought her a live goldfish as a gift; he later discovered C.J. loved Goldfish crackers.   Nevertheless, C.J. kept the fish, which was named "Gail", according to Danny, by "the guy in the store." throughout her time at the White House.  At one point, she installed a miniature White House, and later a miniature podium in the bowl Danny attempted to break the story of the Bartlet administration's assassination of Qumari defense minister Abdul Sharif, again putting him in conflict with C.J.
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Late in the term, C.J. was initially suspected of leaking classified information about a secret military space shuttle to ''New York Times ''correspondent [[Greg Brock]], until [[Toby Ziegler]] confessed to it and was fired
   
After C.J. became White House Chief of Staff, Danny returned and invited C.J. to dinner with him. After much difficulty they seem to agree that they can begin a real relationship after President Bartlet leaves the White House.  In a "flash-forward" to the dedication of the [[Bartlet Presidential Library]], it was revealed C.J. had indeed, married Danny and had a child with him.
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After [[Matthew Santos]] won the presidential election to succeed Bartlet, [[Josh Lyman]] attempted to recruit C.J. into his administration; she was also offered several lucrative positions at major corporations. In the end, she decided to take up [[Frank Hollis|Franklin Hollis]]' offer to become the CEO of his new charitable foundation to build highways and other infrastructure in Africa, 
   
==Resume==
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== Relationships ==
===Education===
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'''[[Danny Concannon]]'''
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C.J.’s foremost romantic relationship on the show was her long, on-off flirtation with Senior ''Washington Post'' White House correspondent [[Danny Concannon]], whom she felt she couldn’t date for conflicts of interest in their respective jobs.  
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[''In an unaired scene from [[The Short List]], where she and Leo Mcgarry are in the President's limo on the way back from the Supreme Court, Leo explicitly tells her, "I don't want you dating Danny Concannon. I see him with you and I know you've got a little thing." C.J protests that she doesn't and states she won't talk about it with the President in the car.]''  
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Danny spent several of the early seasons trying to woo C.J. After [[Josh Lyman]] tipped him off about her love of ‘goldfish’, he gifted her a live one before being told by C.J. herself that what she liked was Goldfish ''crackers''. She was amused by the gesture & kept the fish, who Danny had named '[[Gail]]', throughout her time at the White House; a staple feature on her desk. Gail’s decoration would change from episode to episode—ranging from a miniature White House, a miniature Presidential podium (often seen around the State of the Union), to many other relevant decorations that matched the specific episode’s theme. 
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At the start of President Bartlet’s second term and after a two-year absence from the Press Room, Danny returned (surprising C.J. in the press room, dressed as Santa). He returned after hearing a first-hand account of a Bermuda signal agent having the day off when Q’umari defense minister [[Abdul ibn Shareef|Abdul ibn Sharif]]’s plane went off radar 85 miles off of Bermuda. Thus, he attempts to break the story of the Bartlet administration’s assassination of Sharif, again putting him in direct conflict with C.J. Yet she urges him in fairness to post his story after his agreement to delay it for two days due to plausible threats (and [[Zoey Bartlet]]’s eventual kidnapping), once it’s clear [[Glen Allen Walken|President Walken]] might break the story himself. 
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Sometime after C.J. became [[White House Chief of Staff]], during the last few months of the Bartlet Administration, Danny returns once again and invites C.J. to a dinner date. Though she intended to delay their relationship until President Bartlet was out of office, they end up getting together shortly after Leo’s fatal heart attack and remain lovers during her last two months in office, but she hesitates to define their relationship, and the lack of communication about their future increasingly frustrates him. After a fight two weeks before the Inauguration, C.J. finally agrees to prioritize herself, choosing Danny, and Franklin Hollis’s extraordinary offer. 
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In the flashforward to the dedication of the Bartlett Presidential Library (shown at the beginning of [[The Ticket]]), CJ is shown to be living in Santa Monica, California with Danny and their child.  
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==Resumé==
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'''EDUCATION'''
 
* [[National Merit Scholar]]
 
* [[National Merit Scholar]]
* [[Master's degree]] in [[Political Science]] - [[University of California, Berkeley]]
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* [[Master's degree]] in Political Science - University of California, Berkeley
   
===Work History===
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'''CAREER'''
* [[1998]] [[Triton-Day Public Relations]] Agent at a [[California]] public relations firm
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* [[1997]]: Public Relations Agent at Triton-Day
* 1999-2005: White House Press Secretary
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* 1998-2005: White House Press Secretary
 
* 2005-2007: White House Chief of Staff
 
* 2005-2007: White House Chief of Staff
 
* [[2007]]-''present''&nbsp;: President & CEO of the [[Frank Hollis]] Foundation
 
* [[2007]]-''present''&nbsp;: President & CEO of the [[Frank Hollis]] Foundation
   
===Political History===
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'''POLITICS'''
* Member of [[EMILY's List]]
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* Member of EMILY's List
 
* [[1998]] Campaign Spokeswoman for the "[[Bartlet for America (1998)|Bartlet for America]]" presidential campaign
 
* [[1998]] Campaign Spokeswoman for the "[[Bartlet for America (1998)|Bartlet for America]]" presidential campaign
 
* [[1999]]-[[2005]]: [[White House Press Secretary]]
 
* [[1999]]-[[2005]]: [[White House Press Secretary]]
 
* [[2005]]-[[2007]]: [[White House Chief of Staff]]
 
* [[2005]]-[[2007]]: [[White House Chief of Staff]]
   
==Behind the scenes==
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== Quotes ==
*The character is supposedly loosely based on Clinton Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, who served as a consultant to the show.
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:'''''C.J Cregg''' Well, I've got a staff meeting to go to and so do you, you elitist, Harvard, fascist, missed-the-dean's-list-two-semesters-in-a-row Yankee jackass!''
*Allison Janney won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2000, 2001) and two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2002, 2004) for her portayal of C.J. Cregg.  She was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress category twice more (2003, 2006) but did not win.  Janney also took home numerous awards and nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Awards.
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:'''''Josh Lyman''' Feel better getting that off your chest there, C.J.?''
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:'''''C.J Cregg''' – I'm a whole new woman.''
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:'''''C.J Cregg''' – Men are like salmon. Swimming upstream, hosing down the riverbed with their indiscriminate seed''
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==Trivia==
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*The character may be loosely based on Bill Clinton’s first Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, who also served as a consultant to the show.
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*Allison Janney won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2000, 2001) and two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2002, 2004) for her portayal of C.J. Cregg. She was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress category twice more (2003, 2006) but did not win.
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*Janney also took home numerous awards and nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Awards.
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*C.J.'s lip-synched performance of "The Jackal" by Ronny Jordan in the episode "Six Meetings Before Lunch" was written in after Sorkin witnessed Janney doing "some impromptu lip-synching" in her trailer on the set.
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== Photos ==
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:'''[[C.J. Cregg/Gallery]]'''
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== Episodes ==
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== Notes and references ==
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C.J. Cregg served as the White House Press Secretary, then White House Chief of Staff to President Josiah Bartlet after the resignation of Leo McGarry. Cregg previously worked in Public Relations.

Character

As White House Press Secretary, C.J. was sharp, well-spoken and witty. She wasn’t pleased to discover her Secret Service codename, “Flamingo”, a bird she described as “ridiculous-looking”.

On festive occasions, C.J. could be persuaded to perform a dead-on lip sync of The Jackal by Ronnie Jordan, which Sam Seaborn described as “Shakespeare the way it’s meant to be done”. Oftentimes she was also good-naturedly competitive about her comparative education with other senior staffers like Josh Lyman and Toby Ziegler.

Biography

C.J, a catholic, grew up in Dayton, Ohio, with two brothers, the only daughter of Talmidge Cregg, a Math Professor.

She graduated from West Dayton High School and was the first female player to dunk a basketball in Ohio high school history.

Her mother died when she was young, and her father remarried twice.

A National Merit Scholar, C.J. attended college at Williams College and later earned a master's degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her undergraduate major is never disclosed.

Career

Before the White House, C.J. worked with Emily's List and as a PR agent at the California public relations company, Triton Day where she earned $550,000 a year. She was fired from that job in October 1997[1] and her old friend, Toby Ziegler, recruited her to the Josiah Bartlet presidential campaign, Bartlet For America, the same day. He told her Josiah Bartlet was impressed by the work C.J. had done at EMILY's List, then admits Bartlet has never heard of her: she is his and Leo McGarry's choice. 

Press Secretary

C.J. was at the Newseum in Rosslyn, Virginia when the President and his staff were fired upon by white supremacists. She remembered being knocked down early and noticed her necklace missing, later figuring out Sam was the one who pushed her out of harm’s way.  

C.J. often championed contrary views on many volatile topics in the West Wing, such as weapons sales to Q’umar and the right of the public to be told things that may cause panic and chaos.

In the season 2 episode, The Drop In, CJ travels to New York to receive an award from New York Women in Communications

Toward the end of Bartlet’s first term, she received death threats after publicly criticizing Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women and was assigned protection by Secret Service agent Simon Donovan, with whom she began an unrealized romance. As President Bartlet and his entourage visited New York to watch “The Wars of the Roses”, the FBI told him they’d arrested the culprit; he pulled C.J. out of the crowd to privately deliver the news and, no longer held up by duty, they kissed. Minutes after, however, he unknowingly walked into a local grocery shop in the middle of an armed robbery and, after cuffing one gunman, was shot and killed by another. C.J. was visibly distraught after learning of this (“Posse Comitatus”).

Shortly before President Bartlet’s Second Inauguration, she returned home to deliver a speech at her 20th high school reunion, and visited her father suffering from Alzheimer’s and struggling to cope after his third wife (C.J.’s previous English teacher) left him. C.J. wrestled with the reality of her dad’s declining condition; after taking him to a doctor, she attempted to give her speech but was called back to Washington due to threats to American embassies in Asia.

In the fifth season, it is revealed that C.J. had a one-night stand with Vice President John Hoynes, who was married at the time, approximately four years before the Bartlet administration entered the White House. She tells Toby that she considers that night to be one of the greatest mistakes of her life.

Chief Of Staff

CJ Resigns

C.J. resigns as Press Secretary.

Midway through Bartlet’s second term, Leo McGarry suffered a near-fatal heart attack and was forced to resign his position as White House Chief of Staff. At Leo’s advice, Bartlet named C.J. his successor. In spite of initial warmth (the pressroom gives C.J. a standing ovation when Bartlet announces her appointment), C.J. receives criticism on her appointment to the position of chief of staff because of her relative lack of foreign policy experience. After a rough period “learning the ropes”, C.J. grows into the role. The episode The Wake Up Call marks a significant turning point in C.J.'s relationship with both the President and her new role, when she tells Bartlet he needs to trust her to do her job after an international crisis involving Iran.

By the seventh season, C.J. is as confident with her new role as she was with her old, and has learned to gauge the President's mood and when he will be most receptive of her ideas. She successfully navigates the murky waters of UN politics, setting up a UN Security Council resolution to end a humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan. 

Late in the term, C.J. was initially suspected of leaking classified information about a secret military space shuttle to New York Times correspondent Greg Brock, until Toby Ziegler confessed to it and was fired. 

After Matthew Santos won the presidential election to succeed Bartlet, Josh Lyman attempted to recruit C.J. into his administration; she was also offered several lucrative positions at major corporations. In the end, she decided to take up Franklin Hollis' offer to become the CEO of his new charitable foundation to build highways and other infrastructure in Africa, 

Relationships

Danny Concannon

C.J.’s foremost romantic relationship on the show was her long, on-off flirtation with Senior Washington Post White House correspondent Danny Concannon, whom she felt she couldn’t date for conflicts of interest in their respective jobs.  

[In an unaired scene from The Short List, where she and Leo Mcgarry are in the President's limo on the way back from the Supreme Court, Leo explicitly tells her, "I don't want you dating Danny Concannon. I see him with you and I know you've got a little thing." C.J protests that she doesn't and states she won't talk about it with the President in the car.]  

Danny spent several of the early seasons trying to woo C.J. After Josh Lyman tipped him off about her love of ‘goldfish’, he gifted her a live one before being told by C.J. herself that what she liked was Goldfish crackers. She was amused by the gesture & kept the fish, who Danny had named 'Gail', throughout her time at the White House; a staple feature on her desk. Gail’s decoration would change from episode to episode—ranging from a miniature White House, a miniature Presidential podium (often seen around the State of the Union), to many other relevant decorations that matched the specific episode’s theme. 

At the start of President Bartlet’s second term and after a two-year absence from the Press Room, Danny returned (surprising C.J. in the press room, dressed as Santa). He returned after hearing a first-hand account of a Bermuda signal agent having the day off when Q’umari defense minister Abdul ibn Sharif’s plane went off radar 85 miles off of Bermuda. Thus, he attempts to break the story of the Bartlet administration’s assassination of Sharif, again putting him in direct conflict with C.J. Yet she urges him in fairness to post his story after his agreement to delay it for two days due to plausible threats (and Zoey Bartlet’s eventual kidnapping), once it’s clear President Walken might break the story himself. 

Sometime after C.J. became White House Chief of Staff, during the last few months of the Bartlet Administration, Danny returns once again and invites C.J. to a dinner date. Though she intended to delay their relationship until President Bartlet was out of office, they end up getting together shortly after Leo’s fatal heart attack and remain lovers during her last two months in office, but she hesitates to define their relationship, and the lack of communication about their future increasingly frustrates him. After a fight two weeks before the Inauguration, C.J. finally agrees to prioritize herself, choosing Danny, and Franklin Hollis’s extraordinary offer. 

In the flashforward to the dedication of the Bartlett Presidential Library (shown at the beginning of The Ticket), CJ is shown to be living in Santa Monica, California with Danny and their child.  

Resumé

EDUCATION

CAREER

  • 1997: Public Relations Agent at Triton-Day
  • 1998-2005: White House Press Secretary
  • 2005-2007: White House Chief of Staff
  • 2007-present : President & CEO of the Frank Hollis Foundation

POLITICS

Quotes

C.J Cregg – Well, I've got a staff meeting to go to and so do you, you elitist, Harvard, fascist, missed-the-dean's-list-two-semesters-in-a-row Yankee jackass!
Josh Lyman – Feel better getting that off your chest there, C.J.?
C.J Cregg – I'm a whole new woman.

C.J Cregg – Men are like salmon. Swimming upstream, hosing down the riverbed with their indiscriminate seed

Trivia

  • The character may be loosely based on Bill Clinton’s first Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, who also served as a consultant to the show.
  • Allison Janney won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2000, 2001) and two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2002, 2004) for her portayal of C.J. Cregg. She was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress category twice more (2003, 2006) but did not win.
  • Janney also took home numerous awards and nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Awards.
  • C.J.'s lip-synched performance of "The Jackal" by Ronny Jordan in the episode "Six Meetings Before Lunch" was written in after Sorkin witnessed Janney doing "some impromptu lip-synching" in her trailer on the set.

Photos

C.J. Cregg/Gallery

Episodes

Season 1 appearances
"Pilot" "Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc" "A Proportional Response" "Five Votes Down" "The Crackpots and These Women"
"Mr. Willis of Ohio" "The State Dinner" "Enemies" "The Short List" "In Excelsis Deo"
"Lord John Marbury" "He Shall, from Time to Time..." "Take Out the Trash Day" "Take This Sabbath Day" "Celestial Navigation"
"20 Hours in L.A." "The White House Pro-Am" "Six Meetings Before Lunch" "Let Bartlet Be Bartlet" "Mandatory Minimums"
"Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics" "What Kind of Day Has It Been?"
Season 2 appearances
"In the Shadow of Two Gunmen (Part I)" "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen (Part II)" "The Midterms" "In This White House" "And It's Surely to Their Credit"
"The Lame Duck Congress" "The Portland Trip" "Shibboleth" "Galileo" "Noel"
"The Leadership Breakfast" "The Drop In" "Bartlet's Third State of the Union" "The War at Home" "Ellie"
"Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail" "The Stackhouse Filibuster" "17 People" "Bad Moon Rising" "The Fall's Gonna Kill You"
"18th and Potomac" "Two Cathedrals"
Season 3 appearances
"Isaac and Ishmael" "Manchester (Part I)" "Manchester (Part II)" "Ways and Means" "On the Day Before"
"War Crimes" "Gone Quiet" "The Indians in the Lobby" "The Women of Qumar" "Bartlet for America"
"H.Con - 172" "100,000 Airplanes" "The Two Bartlets" "Night Five" "Hartsfield's Landing"
"Dead Irish Writers" "The U.S. Poet Laureate" "Stirred" "Enemies Foreign and Domestic" "The Black Vera Wang"
"We Killed Yamamoto" "Posse Comitatus"
Season 4 appearances
"20 Hours in America (Part I)" "20 Hours in America (Part II)" "College Kids" "The Red Mass" "Debate Camp"
"Game On" "Election Night" "Process Stories" "Swiss Diplomacy" "Arctic Radar"
"Holy Night" "Guns Not Butter" "The Long Goodbye" "Inauguration (Part I)" "Inauguration: Over There (Part II)"
"The California 47th" "Red Haven's on Fire" "Privateers" "Angel Maintenance" "Evidence of Things Not Seen"
"Life On Mars" "Commencement" "Twenty-Five"
Season 5 appearances
"7A WF 83429" "The Dogs of War" "Jefferson Lives" "Han" "A Constituency of One"
"Disaster Relief" "Separation of Powers" "Shutdown" "Abu el Banat" "The Stormy Present"
"Opposition Research" "Slow News Day" "The Warfare of Genghis Khan" "An Khe" "Full Disclosure"
"Eppur Si Muove" "The Supremes" "Access" "Talking Points" "No Exit"
"Gaza" "Memorial Day"
Season 6 appearances
"NSF Thurmont" "The Birnam Wood" "Third-Day Story" "Liftoff" "The Hubbert Peak"
"The Dover Test" "A Change Is Gonna Come" "In The Room" "Impact Winter" "Faith Based Initiative"
"Opposition Research" "365 Days" "King Corn" "The Wake Up Call" "Freedonia"
"Drought Conditions" "A Good Day" "La Palabra" "Ninety Miles Away" "In God We Trust"
"Things Fall Apart" "2162 Votes"
Season 7 appearances
"The Ticket" "The Mommy Problem" "Message of the Week" "Mr. Frost" "Here Today"
"The Al Smith Dinner" "The Debate" "Undecideds" "The Wedding" "Running Mates"
"Internal Displacement" "Duck and Cover" "The Cold" "Two Weeks Out" "Welcome to Wherever You Are"
"Election Day (Part I)" "Election Day (Part II)" "Requiem" "Transition" "The Last Hurrah"
"Institutional Memory" "Tomorrow"

Notes and references

  1. In the Shadow of Two Gunmen (Part II)


bartlet cabinet
Vice President   John HoynesBob Russell
Secretary of State   Lewis Berryhill
Secretary of the Treasury   Ken KatoKaren Browning
Secretary of Defense   Miles Hutchinson
Attorney General   Dan LarsonAlan Fisk
Secretary of the Interior   Bill Horton
Secretary of Agriculture   Roger Tribbey
Secretary of Commerce   Mitch Bryce
Secretary of Labor   Carl ReidJack Buckland
Secretary of Health and Human Services   Blieden
Secretary of Education   Jim Kane
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development   Deborah O'LearyBill Fisher
Secretary of Transportation   Keaton
Secretary of Energy   Ben ZaharianBill TrotterGerald Deloit
Secretary of Veterans Affairs   Weaver
White House Chief of Staff   Leo McGarryC.J. Cregg
Director of Central Intelligence   Rob KonradGeorge Rollie


PREDECESSOR
unknown
White House Press Secretary
C.J. Cregg
19982005
SUCCESSOR
Annabeth Schott
PREDECESSOR
Leo McGarry
White House Chief of Staff
C.J. Cregg
2006-2007
SUCCESSOR
Josh Lyman

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