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  • Christie tells Fallon he might 'go nuclear' in next Debate

    09/01/2015 3:14:23 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 31, 2015
    Chris Christie says he's thinking of taking a more aggressive approach during the next Republican presidential primary debate. During an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Monday night, the New Jersey governor and presidential candidate told Fallon that he's considering going "nuclear" if he's relegated to the sidelines during the next GOP face-off, which will be moderated by CNN later this month. Christie's return to late-night TV comes as he's been struggling to gain momentum in the crowded Republican field in the summer polls. During the interview, Fallon, who often jokes about Christie during his monologue, pressed the...
  • Chris Christie: We shouldn’t let Christian businesses opt out of gay ceremonies

    09/01/2015 12:31:59 PM PDT · by massmike · 61 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 09/01/2015 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    In a televised interview with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday," Christie said that while churches should be free as far as their "religious activity" is concerned, all other entities should not be allowed to freely determine their participation in homosexual "weddings." When Wallace asked the presidential hopeful if businesses had the religious freedom to decide whether or not to participate in gay "weddings," Christie replied, "Religious institutions should be able to decide how they conduct their religious activity. The rest of the folks in the United States need to follow the law." Christie characterized Christians who seek to live...
  • Chris Christie Rand Paul scraping the bottom in new PPP poll (60%+ Trump voters: Obama not U.S. born

    09/01/2015 7:05:00 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 30 replies
    MSNBC (Maddow Blog) ^ | 8/31/2015 | Will Femia
    Tonight, Public Policy Polling gave the Rachel Maddow Show a sneak peek at their results of their August 28-30 poll to be released tomorrow. While the findings at the top of the poll are what we've come to expect from the Republican field - Donald Trump and Ben Carson - securing the top spots - what is more surprising is to find beltway-favored candidates Chris Christie and Rand Paul floundering at the bottom with barely any support. The poll also shows the tea party character of the Republican Party, with strong birther views and a dubious grasp of some key...
  • MOTUS 2016 GOP “Sweet 16” Battle: Brackets “B” & “F”

    08/30/2015 6:00:24 AM PDT · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-30-2015 | MOTUS
    Before we dive into the next Republican bracket contest, just an observation or two from the other camp. This is really a wakeup call for Hilz: never, ever, underestimate Crazy Uncle Joe. He may look, sound and act like an idiot,CodeWord: classified idiotbutt how do you think he got to be Vice President with that portfolio? That’s right, he kissed the ring too, baby.“Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me.”So watch your back honey:even your goons might be rendered powerless.Butt let’s move on to the GOP gambit, shall we?...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 30 August 2015

    08/30/2015 4:51:41 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 155 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 30 August 2015 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    p>The Talk Shows August 30th, 2015 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal; Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans.THIS WEEK (ABC): Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders; Jindal; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sanders; Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.
  • Trump, Carson in close fight in Iowa poll

    08/29/2015 8:45:58 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 63 replies
    http://thehill.com ^ | August 29, 23015 | Mark Hensch
    The Bloomberg/Des Moines Register survey released on Saturday finds that the two are tied in Iowa caucus-goer support when voters’ first and second choices for the Republican coronation are combined. Each is the first or second choice of 32 percent of respondents. Trump won the poll overall, getting 23 percent support. Carson comes in second at 18 percent. The next-closest competitors are Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at 8 percent each. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are tied for fifth place with 6 percent support each. After them is Carly Fiorina...
  • In GOP war on Social Security, only Trump gets it

    08/29/2015 7:34:15 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 204 replies
    MySanAntonio ^ | Aug 18 2015 | Paul Krugman
    Republican presidential candidates. who have had to seek contributions from a handful of wealthy contributors, want to cut Social Security. Average Americans love the program; the superwealthy don’t. Something strange is happening in the Republican primary — something strange, that is, besides the Trump phenomenon. For some reason, just about all the leading candidates other than The Donald have taken a deeply unpopular position, a known political loser, on a major domestic policy issue. And it’s interesting to ask why. The issue in question is the future of Social Security, which turned 80 last week. The retirement program is, of...
  • Huckabee Aims for Seniors with Social Security Pitch in Florida

    06/02/2015 1:13:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    <p>Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee delivered a strong defense of government safety net programs for seniors at a candidate forum in Florida Tuesday, aiming for retired voters in a state rich with them.</p> <p>While former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have called for raising the retirement age and means-testing Social Security benefits, Huckabee called those proposals “absolutely ridiculous.”</p>
  • Huckabee Bashes Republican Plans to Reform Medicare and Social Security

    04/17/2015 9:46:22 AM PDT · by don-o · 15 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 17, 2015 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    As he gears up for another presidential campaign, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is making a big break with the Republican party on the issue of entitlement reform. Meeting with reporters at a hotel in Washington, D.C. this morning, Huckabee strongly criticized New Jersey governor Chris Christie's proposal to reform Social Security and said he would not sign Paul Ryan's Medicare reform into law if he were president. "I don't know why Republicans want to insult Americans by pretending they don't understand what their Social Security program and Medicare program is," Huckabee said in response to a question about Christie's...
  • Marco Rubio: Saving Social Security in the 21st Century

    08/15/2015 6:04:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/15/2015 | Marco Rubio
    This week, America marked two significant milestones in its history. Friday was the 80th anniversary of Social Security, a program that has helped millions of seniors, including my parents, retire with dignity. Saturday is the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, when the most violent conflict in human history ended as an American victory. We refer to the Americans responsible for these accomplishments as the “Greatest Generation.” In less than two decades, they survived economic catastrophe, triumphed in a global conflict, and laid the foundation for unparalleled prosperity for their children in what would become an American...
  • Chris Christie kicks off New Hampshire town hall series

    04/15/2015 10:20:54 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    nbc 2 ^ | 4-15-2015 | AP
    <p>LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is introducing himself to New Hampshire voters in a format he knows well - a town hall meeting.</p> <p>The likely 2016 Republican presidential contender drew a capacity crowd Wednesday to his first town hall in New Hampshire, in Londonderry. He opened the event by talking about his life story.</p>
  • Chris Christie: I now oppose a path to citizenship for illegals

    05/19/2015 8:47:14 AM PDT · by VinL · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 5/19/2015 | Allahpundit
    He told ABC five years ago that he supported citizenship, leaving him with two options now. One: Stick to his guns and give conservatives another reason to treat “Christie” as a curse word. Two: Follow Scott Walker’s lead by pleading ignorance in his earlier views and claiming that he’s since seen the light. Actual quote from Christie: “I have now learned some of the ramifications for all of these things.” What those things might be isn’t clear, but it’d be impolite after such an earnest pander to badger the poor guy for details. He’s trying, Republicans. A for effort? This...
  • The new debate about Social Security

    05/28/2015 4:52:18 AM PDT · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 40 replies
    LifeHealthPro.com ^ | 15 April 2015 | Brenton Smith
    Between Chris Christie and Senator Warren (D-MA), Social Security reform is getting more media coverage today than at any time in the past 30 years. From hearing the details, you might conclude they are talking about different government programs. They aren’t. These people are part of the changing debate that is taking shape in Washington. For decades, any problem that developed within Social Security was fixed by shifting the cost to future workers. Today that isn’t possible. What is the problem? Social Security contains a massive imbalance between resources and promises. The Trustees of the Social Security’s Trust Funds estimate...
  • Cuts in Social Security, Confiscation, or Wealth Redistribution?

    04/20/2015 5:05:31 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 26 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/20/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    If anything needs cutting or confiscating is the politicians' power and insatiable desire to spend the taxpayers' money The Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, gave a speech on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in which he proposed, among other things, raising the retirement age from 67 to 69. He stated that, “We should remember that Social Security at its core should be retirement insurance. I’m suggesting that Americans pay into the system throughout the course of their life, knowing that it will be there, if they need it, to support them in their later years, so seniors will not grow...
  • Chris Christie: Not Just a Memory

    08/06/2015 10:56:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Chris Christie bills himself as the candidate willing to speak the truth even if his audience doesn't want to hear it. Opening his talk at Beck's Sports Grill, he wastes no time inviting a negative reaction. "The last time I was here was to go to the UNI-Dome," he recalls, referring to the University of Northern Iowa's nearby football venue. "Mary Pat and I are alums of the University of Delaware." At this point, those present drown him out with groans in bitter memory of the Blue Hens' elimination of the Panthers in the Football Championship...
  • Things to know about Social Security at 80: Is It Overhaul time?

    08/14/2015 5:06:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Yahoo Finance via AP ^ | 08/14/2015 | By Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press
    Social Security turns 80 on Friday, and the massive retirement and disability program is showing its age. Social Security's disability fund is projected to run dry next year. The retirement fund has enough money to pay full benefits until 2035. But once the fund is depleted, the shortfalls are projected to be enormous. The stakes are huge: Nearly 60 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and children get monthly Social Security payments, and that number is projected to grow to 90 million over the next two decades. And the timing is bad: Social Security faces these problems as fewer employers are...
  • Christie to propose overhaul of Social Security benefits (means-testing)

    04/14/2015 10:23:49 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 133 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 14, 2015 | Jill Colvin
    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Framing himself as a politician who's unafraid to share "hard truths" with the American people, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is proposing an income cap on Social Security benefits as part of major restructuring plan announced ahead of a likely presidential bid. The Republican is set to deliver a speech Tuesday in New Hampshire outlining his ideas on reforming Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — so-called entitlement programs. As part of the plan, he'll propose phasing out Social Security payments for those making more than $80,000 in other income and eliminating them for those making $200,000...
  • Christie's Social Security Reform Hurts America, Particularly Minorities

    04/22/2015 5:28:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 68 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2015 | Star Parker
    Some are touting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's proposal to take an ax to Social Security as an act of bold political leadership. Sorry, I see the opposite. America needs leadership to replace old dysfunctional baggage with new programs and ideas fitting for a free 21st-century country. We don't need those who think leadership is retrofitting the country into our old baggage. It's the latter that Christie proposes. His "solution" to the impending bankruptcy of Social Security is to phase out benefits for retirees earning $80,000 to $200,000 and above and increase the retirement age from 67 to 69, and...
  • Chris Christie: Track Illegals Like FedEx Packages

    08/29/2015 10:47:36 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 74 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 07:12 PM | Todd Beamon
    Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie on Saturday compared tracking illegal immigrants in the United States to locating FedEx packages, even pledging to ask the company's founder and CEO to temporarily work with his administration to show immigration officials how to do it effectively. The comments, at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, caused an uproar on social media, Mediate and CNN reports. "At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is," the New Jersey governor said. "It's on the truck. It's at the station. It's on the airplane. It's back in another station. It's back at the...
  • SMALL BUT HONEST COLUMNIST AGAIN FORCED TO CORRECT HIGHEST-RATED SHOW ON CABLE TV

    08/26/2015 10:27:55 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 9 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 26 Aug 2015 | Ann Coulter
    To support his insane interpretation of the post-Civil War amendments as granting citizenship to the kids of illegal aliens, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly is now taking job applications for the nonexistent -- but dearly hoped-for -- Jeb! administration, live, during his show. (Apparently my debate with O'Reilly will be conducted in my column, Twitter feed and current bestselling book, Adios, America, against the highest-rated show on cable news.) Republicans have been out of the White House for seven long years, and GOP lawyers are getting impatient. So now they're popping up on Fox News' airwaves, competing to see who can...
  • POLL: MIKE HUCKABEE TAKES SECOND TO DONALD TRUMP

    08/26/2015 10:28:41 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 26,2015 | ALEX SWOYER
    GOP presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee is doing quite well according to two national polls conducted after the first GOP presidential primary debate. One poll has Huckabee in second place behind GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and another poll has Huckabee listed with the highest favorability rating among 15 GOP presidential candidates; however, former neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson takes the highest net favorability rating when comparing the results in totality. A Reuters-Ipsos poll conducted August 21-25 has Huckabee in second behind Trump – the only two candidates with double digits in that poll: Donald Trump – 30.1 percent Mike Huckabee –...
  • NEW NATIONAL POLL: DONALD TRUMP HAS BIGGEST LEAD EVER WITH CARSON A DISTANT 2ND…(40% to Bush 10%)

    08/26/2015 10:19:51 AM PDT · by xzins · 342 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | The Right Scoop
    A new national poll out today by OANN and Gravis Marketing has Trump up to 40%, his YUGEST lead ever over his Republican contenders. Here’s how each candidate rated: oann_trump_forty While Carson’s lead more than doubled, he’s still a distant second place with the rest of the GOP field behind him. Not that Jeb lost a bit as both Cruz and Fiorina gained. Here’s the info on the poll: Gravis Marketing, a nonpartisan research firm, conducted a random survey of 3,567 registered voters across the U.S. regarding the presidential election. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2%....
  • Chris Christie Just Went Out of His Way to Trash Jeb Bush

    08/26/2015 4:26:25 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 13 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | Aug. 26, 2015 | COLIN CAMPBELL
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) went out of his way to slam former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) during a Tuesday night interview. Christie brought up his presidential rival on Fox News when he was asked how GOP candidates should strike the right balance on immigration issues. "You don't need to be pandering to one way or the other. I'll tell the way you don't do it: You don't do focus-group-tested trips to the border, speak Spanish, and then criticize Asians. I mean, I don't think that's the way you do it," Christie replied. This was a direct reference...
  • Trump Way Ahead in New Hampshire; Sanders Leads Clinton

    08/25/2015 8:19:32 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 17 replies
    PPP ^ | 8/25/15 | Tom Jensen
    PPP's new New Hampshire poll finds Donald Trump in the strongest position of any poll we've done anywhere since he entered the race. Trump laps the Republican field with 35% to 11% for John Kasich, 10% for Carly Fiorina, 7% each for Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, 6% for Ben Carson, 4% each for Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio, and 3% for Rand Paul. Candidates falling outside the top ten in the state are Rick Perry at 2%, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Rick Santorum at 1%, and Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, and Bobby Jindal all at less...
  • Chris Christie: "Don't Worry," I'll Be On Top Stage In Next Debate [Currently Polling At 3%]

    08/22/2015 3:39:59 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 41 replies
    CBSNews ^ | August 22, 2015g | REENA FLORES
    By REENA FLORES CBS NEWS August 22, 2015 Chris Christie: "Don't Worry," I'll Be On Top Stage In Next Debate When the next Republican presidential debate airs in September, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie promises that he'll appear on the first debate stage, where only the top 10 GOP hopefuls will be able to make their case. "I'll be on the first stage," Christie told "Face the Nation" moderator John Dickerson in an interview to air Sunday. "So don't worry about it." September's Republican debates, hosted by CNN, will feature two stages. One-half will comprise only the top 10 candidates...
  • Robert Menedez floats ‘strategic’ crude exports

    08/20/2015 7:59:36 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 19, 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The United States should consider allowing “strategic” crude exports to allies abroad while renegotiating the nuclear deal with Iran, Sen. Robert Menendez said. The New Jersey Democrat’s comments, part of a speech Tuesday at Seton Hall University to explain his opposition to the agreement, marked a shift in his approach to oil exports. Menendez historically has opposed moves to loosen the longstanding ban on exporting U.S. crude. But on Tuesday, Menendez highlighted oil exports as a geopolitical tool — a way for U.S. oil to compete in markets that might be customers for Iranian crude if the nuclear accord is...
  • New Fox Poll Features Some Big Surprises [For Both Parties]

    08/17/2015 8:20:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/16/2015 | Rick Moran
    A new poll released by Fox News holds some surprises for both parties. On the rise in the new survey are Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Ted Cruz. Falling are Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and Rand Paul. Businessman Donald Trump still leads the field for the Republican nomination. He gets 25 percent among GOP primary voters. He was at 26 percent before the debate. TrumpÂ’s support among women went from 24 percent two weeks ago to 21 percent now. He mostly held steady among men (28 percent).The real-estate mogul maintains his first-place status despite also being judged in the...
  • 7 ways the latest Fox poll is the Republican establishment's worst nightmare

    08/17/2015 8:08:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Vox ^ | August 17, 2015 | Matthew Yglesias, Liberal American writer
    National polls taken in August in the year before a presidential election do not reveal a great deal about whom the parties are going to nominate at their conventions the following summer. Still, you know this national poll of self-identified Republicans is not what Republican consultants, members of Congress, donors, and governors wanted to see after the Fox News debate. Mark Halperin ✔ ‎@MarkHalperin NEW @FoxNews national poll. Trump & Carson big. 8:02 AM - 16 Aug 2015From an establishment point of view this is a shockingly multifaceted disaster. Let us count the ways: 1) Trump is unbowed, unbent, and...
  • Chris Christie's presidential run: Time to call it a day, Guv

    08/17/2015 3:57:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Times of Trenton ^ | August 16, 2015 | Paul Mulshine
    I think we can safely say that last week represented the point at which Chris Christie should ponder pulling the plug on his presidential campaign. I'm not talking about that poll in New Jersey showing most residents want him to resign his state job if he persists in running for president. I'm not even talking about the Iowa poll showing him registering a mere 2 percent among potential caucus-goers there. Or the New Hampshire poll putting him at just 3 percent. (This interactive chart at RealClearPolitics lets you track how each candidate has been doing.) I'm talking about John Kasich....
  • Christie, Paul and the NSA

    08/16/2015 6:24:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Debating Chris Christie is a formidable task because he's quick-witted, sharp-tongued and slightly intimidating. Those qualities helped him get the best of Rand Paul in the first Republican presidential debate. But Christie's best weapon is one that may catch up with him: He never lets the truth get in his way. Earlier this year, Paul led a successful effort to end the National Security Agency's mass collection of Americans' telephone records. During the debate, Christie was asked whether he stands by his assertion that Paul should be blamed if the United States suffers another terrorist attack. He does, of course:...
  • ‘You can’t say YOU’RE FIRED! to Boehner, you have to WORK with him’ - Christie

    08/14/2015 4:44:02 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 72 replies
    The former Joisey governor Christie took a few shots at the Donald but called him a “great guy and a good person” while explaining why he thought he’s unsuited for the presidency. Watch below: Everyone’s takin’ shots at the Donald because they’re all total losers! You can tell Christie just has blood coming out of his… wherever.
  • Trump triumphs in new Missouri poll; H. Clinton cruises past Bernie Sanders(Trump 23%,Jeb&Ben 11%)

    08/13/2015 3:49:27 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 11 replies
    Donald Trump reigns in Missouri, at least right now. A new poll from Public Policy Polling shows him leading the Republican field in the state with 23 percent to 11 percent each for Jeb Bush and Ben Carson. Mike Huckabee got 10 percent to 9 percent for Ted Cruz, 8 percent for Scott Walker, 7 percent for Carly Fiorina, 6 percent for Marco Rubio and 4 percent each for John Kasich and Rand Paul. Other candidates are at 1 percent or less: Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and George Pataki. Jim Gilmore and Lindsey Graham have no...
  • Christie vetoes NJ bill that would allow transgenders to change their birth certificates

    08/12/2015 7:04:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/12/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I’m just counting the days until this particular battle shows up at the federal level. (As you’ll see in a moment, I’m not sure if that’s even possible, but if it is, the Justice Department will figure out a way.) Legislators in New Jersey passed a bill (for the second time) which, if signed into law, would allow transgender individuals to alter their birth certificates to reflect their “new” gender of choice. And for the second straight time, Christie broke out the veto pen. For the second time in 18 months, Governor Christie on Monday vetoed a bill that...
  • Obama, Hu toast 'strategic mutual trust' at state dinner (Dingy 'dictator' Reid skips town)

    01/19/2011 8:23:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/19/11 | Christina Wilkie
    Obama, Hu toast 'strategic mutual trust' at state dinnerBy Christina Wilkie - 01/19/11 10:30 PM ET President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao toasted U.S. and Chinese collaboration and mutual interests on Wednesday night at a festive state dinner for 225 guests at the White House. Their toasts marked the high point of an evening notable for its strict adherence to the protocol and symbolism valued in Chinese culture, but which, at the same time, managed to fulfill the Chinese delegation's request for a thoroughly American dinner party. Guests dined on a meal of pear salad, lobster, ribeye steak and...
  • Transparently Predictable Political Tripwires: Tonight, Carly Fiorina

    08/10/2015 6:05:25 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 38 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | 8/10/15 | Sundance
    Transparently Predictable Political “Tripwires”.. August 10, 2015 First the good news ! Many people are beginning to have the awakening, the fundamental paradigm shift needed to understand the rather complex construct of the GOPe machine. At the request of many people who are only recently accepting the scope of the ruse, that is the 2016 GOP primary, we are going to begin identifying the “tripwires” before they are crossed, and then highlighting the tripwire WHEN it is crossed. Yesterday we told you of a specific “tripwire” to look for. Today, we share what it looks like moments before it is...
  • Trump Still Leads in Iowa; Fiorina on Fire; Paul Tanking

    08/10/2015 11:05:31 AM PDT · by Will88 · 93 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | August 10, 2015 | Tom Jensen
    Raleigh, N.C. – PPP's newest Iowa poll finds Donald Trump leading the Republican field in the state even after a weekend of controversy. He's at 19% to 12% for Ben Carson and Scott Walker, 11% for Jeb Bush, 10% for Carly Fiorina, 9% for Ted Cruz, and 6% for Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio. The other 9 candidates are all clustered between 3% and having no support at all (George Pataki)- John Kasich and Rand Paul are at 3%, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum at 2%, Chris Christie at 1%, and Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, and Pataki all...
  • Court allows Christie to hide $1 million in Amex charges

    08/10/2015 10:22:50 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 08/09/15 | Mark Lagerkvist
    Based on secret evidence, a New Jersey court is allowing Gov. Chris Christie to hide American Express bills that show how his state police security team charged more than $1 million to pay for out-of-state travel. Judge Mary C. Jacobson dismissed a public records suit by New Jersey Watchdog on Friday, ruling that details of past expenses for food, lodging and transportation could create a potential security risk for the governor in the future. “The court finds the general interest of the public to have a breakdown pales in comparison,” said Jacobson during a hearing in Mercer County Superior Court....
  • No hugs between Chris Christie and Rand Paul during GOP debate

    08/06/2015 8:07:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 08/06/2015 | By Andrew J. Tobias, Northeast Ohio Media Group
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul threw down during Thursday's GOP presidential debate in Cleveland. The three-minute, heated exchange began after Christie, while responding to a question about government surveillance, said that he tried to respect citizens' civil liberties while he helped investigate cases while he served as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. "I will make no apologies whatsoever for protecting the lives of the American people," Christie said. Paul responded, to applause from his supporters: "I want to collect more records from terrorists, but less records from innocent Americans....
  • Why It’s So Hard to Predict What Happens With Trump’s Supporters When He Drops Out

    08/03/2015 2:06:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 121 replies
    Slate ^ | July 31, 2015 | Josh Voorhees, senior writer, Iowa City
    Donald Trump may seem invincible right now, but his current run can’t last. Even if the belligerent billionaire and current GOP front-runner doesn’t implode on the debate stage next week or on the campaign trail next month, the fundamentals of American politics will still catch up to him: At some point the GOP field will narrow and an establishment favorite will consolidate enough support to knock Trump from his perch. Eventually, that means he will exit a nominating battle he cannot win. It’s no surprise, then, that the Washington parlor game of predicting how Trump’s campaign will end is now...
  • N.J. Politics Roundup: Christie bashes teaches union; Trump leads another poll

    08/03/2015 4:26:56 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 5 replies
    NJ.com ^ | August 03, 2015 at 7:00 AM, updated August 03, 2015 at 7:02 AM | Brent Johnson
    TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican presidential candidate, said during a television interview Sunday that the national teachers union deserves a "punch in the face" — and New Jersey's largest teachers union called on him to resign.
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 2 August 2015 (Trump on 2 shows!)

    08/02/2015 4:36:36 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 257 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 2 August 2015 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows August 2nd, 2015 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, Republican presidential candidate; former Gov. Rick Perry, R- Texas, Republican presidential candidate; Michael Needham, CEO, Heritage Action for America super PAC.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz; Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus; Dr. Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon, Republican presidential candidate.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidate; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., Republican presidential candidate; Steven Law, president and CEO, American Crossroads super PACTHIS WEEK (ABC): Donald Trump, Republican...
  • Many Trump presidential rivals have benefited from his largesse

    08/01/2015 10:16:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Toledo Blade ^ | August 2, 2015 | Rich Lord, Block News Alliance
    PITTSBURGH — Republican rivals are trying desperately to dent Donald Trump, as he leads in polls, dominates media coverage, and builds a campaign organization using his personal wealth. Not long ago, they came to him with hats in hand. Internal memos obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and public filings, show that officials courted the celebrity magnate for years, seeking and receiving ever-increasing donations, especially to GOP-related organizations trying to elect more governors and senators. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who recently criticized Mr. Trump, was notably successful at convincing the developer and beauty pageant owner to write checks. Now Mr....
  • A 'President Christie's' choice for Supreme Court would be Samuel Alito clone

    07/30/2015 11:56:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    NJ.COM ^ | 07/30/2015 | By Claude Brodesser-Akner
    What kind of U.S. Supreme Court would a President Christie strive to create? The most conservative one possible, based on an interview Gov. Chris Christie gave to conservative radio talk show host Michael Medved on Tuesday afternoon. Christie, a Republican candidate for the White House, ducked a caller's question about whether gay marriage was really a states rights issue, but answered immediately when asked who he'd appoint to the bench of the highest court in the land; Christie identified an associate justice widely thought to be the court's most conservative by legal scholars. "If you want to know the kind...
  • Poll: Trump is Party Pick, but Loses in General Election (Does best against Bernie Sanders

    07/30/2015 7:27:50 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 104 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 7/30/2015 (7:15 AM ET) | Courtney Such
    ... Trump may have surged ahead of the 2016 Republican candidates, but if he ever became the GOP nominee, the nation would vote Democrat. He earned 20 percent favorability among the Republicans in a new poll [URL at link] - the largest favorability in the party that the Quinnipiac University poll has ever seen. Following behind him are Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 13 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 10 percent. ... Yet Trump's own party put him at the top of the "no way" list. Thirty percent of Republicans respondents said they would "definitely not support"...
  • Christie: Trump 'hurts the credibility of the Presidency' (VIDEO)

    07/28/2015 3:11:47 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 100 replies
    nj.com ^ | updated July 28, 2015 at 5:51 PM | Claude Brodesser-Akner
    Gov. Chris Christie has finally taken the gloves off when it comes to Republican presidential rival Donald Trump, attacking the GOP frontrunner's quick-fix solutions on immigration as something that "hurts the credibility of the Presidency" and saying that Trump's views on entitlement reform ignore the facts. In announcing his candidacy for president last month, Trump said he would "build a great wall" along the entire U.S.-Mexico border to stem illegal immigration, boasting that "nobody builds walls better than me, believe me." -snip- Speaking with CNBC in a Keene, N.H., diner on Tuesday, Christie derided Trump's "great line" about having the...
  • Red-state Democrats fret about leftward shift

    07/25/2015 4:44:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | July 24, 2015 | Kyle Cheney and Rachana Pradhan
    Governor’s races in South and Midwest could be lost if party brand becomes too liberal. Centrist Democrats were wiped out in the 2014 elections and in their absence emerged a resurgent liberal movement, embodied most recently by the surprisingly competitive presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. But the suddenly ascendant left — its populist overtones becoming part of the mainstream Democratic pitch — is worrying Democrats who want to compete on Republican-leaning turf. The party lost every competitive gubernatorial and Senate race in the South last year. And Democrats didn’t fare much better in the heartland. Now, as Bernie...
  • Christie touting his conservative bona fides

    07/26/2015 3:25:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Bergen Record ^ | July 26, 2015 | Melissa Hays, State House Bureau
    Governor Christie spent the past week on the campaign trail hitting key issues that are popular with the conservative voters who likely hold the key to his success as a Republican candidate for president. His tour through the early voting states, which includes return trips to New Hampshire and Iowa this week, comes as his campaign and a super PAC supporting his candidacy are spending a combined $1 million to run political ads nationally on Fox News that show Christie criticizing President Obama over the Iran nuclear deal, just as the next round of horse-race polls are being conducted. The...
  • Chris Christie Scolds Iowa Gun Activist on Record

    07/25/2015 5:28:08 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 36 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7-25-15 | Todd Beaman
    Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie Saturday scolded a gun-rights activist in a testy exchange at a town hall event in Iowa, saying at one point: "Give me one. One fact. Got one?" "I'm still waiting for one fact from you, one fact about me being anti-gun," Christie told the man at a community college in Ankeny, Iowa, The Des Moines Register reports. About 120 people attended the event. The man, who only said that he was a member of the Iowa Gun Owners group, questioned Christie on a 2013 proposal for a statewide gun-owner identification program, according to the Register....
  • Jeb Bush Has Lucrative Day in Chris Christie’s Backyard

    07/24/2015 3:18:49 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/23/15 | Maggie Haberman
    Jeb Bush went to New Jersey on Thursday and raised more than $500,000 at two events, a huge haul in the home state of one of his rivals, Gov. Chris Christie. The figure was provided by an aide to Mr. Bush, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal numbers.
  • N.J. Republican apologizes for calling Chattanooga shooter ‘Muslim scum’

    07/24/2015 3:11:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/23/15 | Jessica Chasmar
    A New Jersey councilman apologized Wednesday after receiving criticism for a post he made on Facebook that called Chattanooga gunman Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez “Muslim scum.” “Murdering bastard. Rot in hell Muslim scum,” Hamilton Councilman Ed Gore, a Republican, wrote hours after Abdulazeez shot and killed five U.S. military service members July 16, The Trentonian reported. When someone responded by telling Mr. Gore not to hold back, he added, “Oh I never hold back on domestic terrorists.” Imam Qareeb Bashir, president of the Islamic Council of Greater Trenton, said he was “appalled and really disappointed” in Mr. Gore’s comments.