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  • 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 · 103 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 · 27 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.
  • Donald Trump's success? It's because he's saying what everyone else is afraid to

    07/22/2015 2:20:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | July 21, 2015 | Leada Gore
    Imagine if you will you were crafting the perfect presidential candidate. It's likely the following would not be on your list: two-time divorcee with multiple bankruptcies; bombastic reality television star who has appeared on professional wrestling shows; loud-mouth uncensored ego maniac with questionable hair. In other words, Donald Trump. But among the 2016 GOP presidential nominees, it's Trump that's taking the headlines. It's Trump who has people talking. And, most tellingly, it's Trump who is surging in the polls, with the latest numbers showing him with almost twice the support of his closest rival. Why? There a several reasons. First,...
  • Chris Christie: Selling Aborted Baby Body Parts is “Even More Reason Not to Fund Planned Parenthood”

    07/21/2015 12:28:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | Jul 21, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie says the new videos showing Planned Parenthood officials arranging for the sale of body parts of aborted babies is another reason why the abortion business should not receive taxpayer funding. As LifeNews reported, a second shocking video in as many weeks has been released showing a top Planned Parenthood official discussing and arranging the sale of body parts of aborted babies. The first video shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted unborn children and admitting she uses partial-birth...
  • It’s not Dixie’s fault

    07/20/2015 8:02:32 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 17,2015 | Thomas J. Sugrue
    Education remains separate and unequal nearly everywhere in the United States, but Confederate-flag-waving Southerners aren’t responsible for the most racially divided schools. That title goes to New York, where 64 percent of black students attend schools with few, if any, white students, according to a recent report by the Civil Rights Project. In fact, the Northeast is the only region where the percentage of black students in extremely segregated schools — those where at least 90 percent of students are minorities — is higher than it was in the 1960s. Schools in the South, on the other hand, saw the...
  • Walker Gives GOP Presidential Field a New Anti-Climate Leader

    07/19/2015 2:29:12 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Inside Climate Change ^ | July 13, 2015 | Katherine Bagley
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker joined the crowded field of Republican contenders vying for the White House in 2016 on Monday, and immediately stands out for having one of the poorest records on environmental and climate issues, according to green groups and political experts. Since taking office in 2010, Walker has dismantled several longstanding policies protecting wetlands and waterways, fast-tracked mining projects, fought climate action, slashed funding for dozens of state scientists and environmental education positions, and impeded development of wind energy in Wisconsin. "He's one of the worst," said Heather Taylor-Miesle, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Action Fund,...
  • Sanders: 'Very easy to raise the flag,' hard to support veterans benefits

    07/18/2015 3:35:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 18, 2015 | Ariel Cohen
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Bernie Sanders told veterans in Iowa Friday that unlike some other politicians, he doesn't pay lip service to their concerns. "It is very easy to raise the flag at a troop deployment, it is very easy for a politician to give a moving speech on Veterans Day," Sanders said. "But it is very hard to go down that long road with the men and women who served and make sure that they continue to get all the benefits, all the healthcare, that they are entitled to for the rest of their lives." The Vermont senator told...
  • Insiders: Ted Cruz hurt most by Trump candidacy

    07/17/2015 9:47:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 17, 2015 | KatieGlueck and Kristen Hayford
    Insiders say Donald Trump is a candidate who is as uncompromising as Cruz on hot-button issues like immigration — and can deliver the message with even more fiery rhetoric.Donald Trump’s turn in the national spotlight is mainly taking a toll on Ted Cruz, the Texas firebrand running as an uncompromising, anti-establishment conservative. That’s the assessment of this week’s POLITICO Caucus, our weekly survey of the leading strategists, activists and political operatives in Iowa and New Hampshire. Roughly a third of Iowa and New Hampshire Republican insiders pointed to Cruz as the candidate who is damaged the most in their states...
  • Handling the Trump in the Room

    07/16/2015 5:36:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | July 16, 2015 | Caitlin Huey-Burns
    There’s an elephant in the Republicans’ room that just won’t budge. Ted Cruz is trying to befriend it. Rick Perry is kicking at its shins. Chris Christie wants to pay it no attention without being offensive. The elephant, of course, is Donald Trump. The image may not be quite apt—Trump’s Republican bona fides are suspect, indeed, and he’s hardly being ignored by the voters, media, and other candidates. Truth is, many would argue an ornery monkey jumping about the room, throwing things, and performing tricks for the onlookers, would be a better comparison. Republicans, who have made a concerted effort...
  • Free Republic STRAW POLL (July 2015 Edition)

    07/16/2015 9:41:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 125 replies
    FreeRepublic | July 16, 2015 | 2ndDivisionVet
    If you had to vote in your state primary/caucus today, knowing what you know now about the various declared and probable candidates, who would you vote for? Why? Who would you like to see as the running mate for your preferred candidate? If you could help staff your candidates cabinet and other top appointments, who would you choose? If you could recommend different congressional leaders than we have now, who would they be? And who would you like to see on the Supreme Court and why? And finally, feel free to donate to Free Republic.
  • Monmouth Poll: Christie’s numbers drop, Bush leads, Trump gets a bump

    07/13/2015 10:54:46 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Politicker NJ ^ | 7/13/15 | Politicker Staff
    The latest Monmouth University Poll of Republican voters nationwide found significant bumps, both in the vote choice question and candidate favorability, for Jeb Bush and Donald Trump since they threw their hats into the rings. Bobby Jindal has made no headway since he entered the race, and Chris Christie may actually be losing ground since his announcement. Despite Trump’s surge, the poll also found that many GOP voters are not taking his candidacy seriously. When Republicans are asked who they would support for the GOP nomination for president, Jeb Bush nominally leads the pack with 15%, followed by Donald Trump...
  • Monmouth Poll: Christie’s numbers drop, Bush leads, Trump gets a bump

    07/13/2015 10:53:57 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 18 replies
    Politicker NJ ^ | July 13, 2015 | Staff
    The latest Monmouth University Poll of Republican voters nationwide found significant bumps, both in the vote choice question and candidate favorability, for Jeb Bush and Donald Trump since they threw their hats into the rings. Bobby Jindal has made no headway since he entered the race, and Chris Christie may actually be losing ground since his announcement. Despite Trump’s surge, the poll also found that many GOP voters are not taking his candidacy seriously. When Republicans are asked who they would support for the GOP nomination for president, Jeb Bush nominally leads the pack with 15%, followed by Donald Trump...
  • Place your bets: I got a sixer that says Donald Trump doesn't make it to the end of the year

    07/12/2015 12:35:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    The Star Ledger ^ | July 11, 2015 | Paul Mulshine
    As I have noted, I never bet more than a six-pack on politics. That keeps it at a level that is fun but not serious. In that regard, I made a bet last spring with state Senator Mike Doherty over whether Chris Christie would formally enter the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. I said yes. Mike said no. Frankly I was a bit surprised. Mike is a conservative Republican from Warren County who has been quite outspoken in his assessment of Christie's overbearing ego and ambition. I thought he of all people would predict that Christie would make...
  • GOP’s toxic white male bluster: Trump, Cruz and Christie bully to overcompensate

    07/11/2015 12:35:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Salon ^ | July 11, 2015 | Professors Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg, LSU
    The right's in-your-face obnoxiousness and need to portray Democrats as weak is classic phony bravado. Paging Freud.Chris Christie roared onto the presidential campaign stage calling out his onetime pal, President Obama, for being “weak.” He labeled the economy as “weak,” U.S. foreign policy as “weak,” and the president’s style of governance as a “handwringing” incompetence. Christie’s theme is not just his, though; it seems to dominate the Republican candidates’ critique of any Democratic leader whose approach to the larger world refrains from their over-the-top bluster. The real question, though, is what makes the Republicans think theirs is the party of...
  • Paging Ted Cruz. Paging All the Candidates. Take on the Vichy Republicans.

    07/07/2015 8:57:34 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies
    MegynKelly.org ^ | JULY 6, 2015 | MEGYN KELLY
    Marshal Pétain came to power to make peace with Nazi Germany. Somewhere along the way, he no doubt resigned himself to Nazi occupation and muttered “we can now move on to the important things.”He has a kindred spirit in John Feehery, who has spent his career in Washington climbing the ladder. He started with Bob Michel, the man who never met a surrender he didn’t want to make love to. Feehery then moved to Tom DeLay before winding up with alleged kid-diddler Denny Hastert. After Hastert’s first fall from grace, Feehery went into the private sector where, for a price,...
  • Ted Cruz To Chris Christie: Your “Oppo Research Guys” Got The Facts Wrong When You Attacked Me

    07/07/2015 6:52:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Buzzfeed News ^ | July 7, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski and Ilan Ben-Meir
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said Tuesday that fellow candidate Chris Christie’s “oppo research guys” got their facts wrong when the New Jersey governor attacked Cruz during a Fox News appearance. Christie, addressing comments Cruz made about not believing in “Republican-on Republican violence,” said on Fox News Monday that he didn’t “need to be lectured by Ted Cruz.” Cruz made those comments when asked to comment on Donald Trump’s controversial remarks on Mexican immigrants. “I find it ironic that Ted Cruz is giving lectures on Republican-on-Republican violence,” the New Jersey governor said on Fox News Monday. “The guy who put...
  • The Romney half-century?

    07/07/2015 6:17:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 6, 2015 | Bernie Quigley, contributor
    Not a very good Fourth for The Donald. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), a candidate for president in 2016, stated it plainly: "He's running to be president of all of us. It takes a level of maturity and thoughtfulness and demeanor that's not being exhibited here." But this episode might be seen in hindsight as a definitive and serendipitous moment in the American chronicles. Because Donald Trump angered former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. And Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee, has become a commanding voice of moral leadership in the Republican Party. "I think he made a severe error in...
  • New Jersey Dems will try to legislate Chris Christie out of office [Can't run for POTUS and be Gov.]

    07/07/2015 4:53:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/07/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I have to give a hat tip to Politico for coming up with the right title for this story: New Jersey Democrats troll Chris Christie. When it comes to completely frivolous legislation, New Jersey may be taking the cake. The Democrats there, apparently unhappy that Chris Christie is running for president (or just generally unhappy that he exists), are hoping to pass legislation making it illegal for him to do so and force him to resign. A pair of Democratic lawmakers, state Sens. Raymond Lesniak and Loretta Weinberg, are likely to cosponsor legislation that would require Christie and future...
  • Mitt Romney: GOP kingmaker?

    07/07/2015 12:36:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 7, 2015 | By Kevin Truong
    Mitt Romney's backing helped several candidates emerge from a crowded primary field and be successful in the 2014 midterm elections. He's aiming to do the same for presidential candidates in 2016. Many observers expected Mitt Romney to slink away from politics after his defeat in the 2012 presidential election, but the former Massachusetts governor has instead embraced a new role as an elder statesman and kingmaker within the Republican Party. While he has shied away from open campaigning, Mr. Romney has taken to tacitly supporting the more moderate, establishment-friendly candidates in a packed and ideologically tangled field. “Romney, who flirted...
  • Analysts: GOP candidates must be prepared for Trump

    07/07/2015 12:14:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 7, 2015 | Eddie Scarry
    CNN's Ana Navarro and Fox News' Karl Rove, two commentators deeply involved in Republican politics, are convinced that GOP presidential candidates who make it onto the first primary debate stage will have to confront Donald Trump and his controversial comments on immigration. "He won't last long," Navarro said of Trump in an email to the Washington Examiner media desk. "Let's hope he doesn't do lasting damage." Even so, she wrote in a column for CNN.com on Sunday that Trump is a factor in the race for the White House and it will serve the candidates to rebut controversial comments Trump...
  • Christie ranks last among 2016 Republican candidates in NJ.com user straw poll

    07/07/2015 9:14:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Hunterdon County Democrat ^ | July 6, 2015 | Brent Johnson
    TRENTON — Last week, we asked NJ.com users to rank the crowded field of candidates vying for the 2016 Republican nomination for president in an informal straw poll — and they placed their own governor last. Gov. Chris Christie fell at the bottom of the 14 contenders who have officially declared their candidacy. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush finished first. See the full chart below. If you rank the candidates by up votes, Christie would be No. 6. But he received the most down votes by far of any candidate, dropping him to the bottom. This poll is unscientific, but...
  • Christie insists his N.J. polls will improve in 2016, 'after I am the nominee'

    07/07/2015 8:57:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Times of Trenton ^ | July 6, 2015 | Claude Brodesser-Akner
    TRENTON — A defiant Gov. Chris Christie appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to defend his badly listing New Jersey job approval polls as the effect of incessant media attacks, rather than his true record. Asked why his job approval dropped from 70 plus percentage ratings to the current 36 percent low, Christie answered, "How 'bout nightly specials on this network, for like, five months, calling me Attila the Hun? How 'bout relentless attacks from the New York Times and the media?" However, he also acknowledged the negative effect that his decision to seek the GOP 2016 nomination was taking. "Then,"...
  • Teachers union treasurer in New Jersey pleads guilty to theft

    07/05/2015 7:56:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Education Action Group Foundation ^ | July 3, 2015 | Carl Horowitz
    BARNEGAT, N.J. – Teachers unions during the past decade have known their share of scandal. Add the case of Wayne Wedderman Jr. to the list. This Monday, June 29, Wedderman, treasurer of the Barnegat Education Association, pleaded guilty in Ocean County, New Jersey Superior Court to theft from the union. He had been arrested last November for stealing roughly a combined $23,000 from two union accounts in the wake of a county probe begun the previous month. A grand jury in February subsequently indicted Wedderman on two counts of thefts and one count of computer theft. Sentencing is scheduled for...
  • No Governor, A Willingness To Compromise Is Not What We Need

    07/04/2015 8:08:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4,2015 | Michael Hausam
    Chris Christie gives good speech. He definitely is a professional at passionately communicating and effectively donning “I’m a regular guy who’s pissed off about what’s going on” attire. In his announcement speech on Tuesday he certainly showed that, but there were two comments he made that are worthy of great concern–and may indicate that he is not ready for battle. Within the speech, he duly mentioned the issues that most Republicans care about: a politician who remembers for whom he works, an acknowledgement that Washington is lying and stealing from the American people, the need for the federal government to...
  • (NJ) Teacher from Lyndhurst accused of sexually assaulting student

    07/03/2015 5:47:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies
    northjersey.com ^ | 06.19.15 | JIM NORMAN
    A 32-year-old Lyndhurst woman, a second-grade teacher, has been arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a 15-year-old girl from the Jersey City school where the woman is employed, authorities said Friday.Bergen County John L. Molinelli said Lauren H. Mitchell was arrested after an investigation by his office’s Special Victims Unit and the Lyndhurst Police Department.Molinelli said several teachers at the Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School in Jersey City observed what they believed was inappropriate behavior between Mitchell and the girl during a class trip and reported what they had seen to school...
  • Rubios and Christies join the Romneys for a slumber party in N.H.

    07/04/2015 1:11:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times' The Buzz ^ | July 3, 2015 | Ron Brackett
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and his wife, Jeanette, will join New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Christie's wife, Mary Pat, tonight at the Romney estate on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, the Washington Post reports. The two couples will be overnight guests of Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at his 11-acre estate in Wolfeboro, N.H., the Post said. The newspaper quoted an unnamed Romney aide as saying the former GOP presidential candidate heard the Rubios and the Christies would be in Wolfeboro for the holiday weekend, so he invited them to spend the evening with him and his wife, Ann....
  • Rubio, Christie planning sleepover with the Romneys

    07/03/2015 12:50:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 3, 2015 3:48 PM EDT | Jill Colvin
    2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will be hosting two rival Republican presidential contenders at a holiday sleepover Friday evening. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will both be staying over at Romney’s property in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, an aide to Romney confirmed. The aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of what the aide called the private nature of the event, said the former governor and his wife opened their home to the Christie and Rubio families after hearing they would be in town for the holiday weekend. Both candidates are scheduled to march...
  • 2016 DEBATE WATCH: Donald Trump Slides To Seventh Place

    07/03/2015 10:02:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 74 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Daniel Doherty
    Editor’s note: "2016 Debate Watch" is a running, bi-weekly series. This week we’ve seen Jeb Bush and Donald Trump gain some momentum. Carly Fiorina, meanwhile, recently turned some heads as well, cracking the top ten for the first time ever. If the August 6 Fox News debate were held tonight, however, only the following candidates would make the (prime-time) cut. (See the debate rules here): (1) Jeb Bush: 15.0 (2) Scott Walker: 10.6 (3) Marco Rubio: 9.4 (4) Ben Carson: 9.4 (5) Mike Huckabee: 8.0 (6) Rand Paul: 8.0 (7) Donald Trump: 6.0 (8) Ted Cruz: 4.8 (9) Chris Christie:...
  • The surging truth-tellers of the GOP (Ted Cruz and Don Trump)

    07/03/2015 10:22:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Washington Times' Pruden On Politics ^ | July 2, 2015 | Wesley Pruden
    Donald Trump is surging in New Hampshire, and Chris Christie’s back on the hunt, sounding like a born-again contender. They’re both long shots — the Donald is off the board — but they’re making the kind of noise the wiseheads say they can’t make. Bernie Sanders is the October surprise for Hillary, drawing the crowds of autumn a year early, and all the Queen of Avarice is collecting now is the stuff you get on your shoes on a stroll through the barnyard. It’s not a race, not yet, and the Gestapo, some of them decked out in the Nazi...
  • [May 26, 2015] Obama-Netanyahu feud a problem for Hillary and Dems

    07/03/2015 8:39:50 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 26, 2015 | Fredric U. Dicker
    A top GOP strategist and pollster for newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is warning that New York Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, "will pay a heavy price" at the polls next year if they don't break with President Obama's policies on Israel and reject any deal he makes with Iran. "Hillary Clinton, [Sen.] Chuck Schumer, [Reps.] Nita Lowey, Steve Israel, Jerry Nadler, Eliot Engel and others are about to get a whole new wave of pressure from Republicans on whether they agree or not with Obama on Israel," New York-based national GOP pollster and strategist John McLaughlin told The Post....
  • Donald Trump A Trojan Horse To Knock Out All Other Republicans But Jeb Bush?

    07/03/2015 6:03:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 97 replies
    I heard this "theory" from a friend, and decided to throw it out to Free Republic. My friend (no proof) said that he believes Donald Trump is a Trojan Horse.... Trump's is only there to pull people away from the other campaigns of Cruz, Walker, Paul, etc.... in order to eliminate them. Then once it's down to Trump and Bush in the Primaries, then he will step down. Leaving us with Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton will easily defeat Jeb Bush, and she will be the next President. Hopefully this nightmare scenario will never come to pass. Thoughts,...
  • Brigham’s Transfer Ownership for 7 Abortion Clinics Was A Sham, Says New Jersey Attorney General...

    07/03/2015 5:55:58 AM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    operationrescue.org ^ | July 2, 2015 | Cheryl Sullenger
    FULL TITLE: Brigham’s Transfer Ownership for 7 Abortion Clinics Was A Sham, Says New Jersey Attorney General’s Office Trenton, NJ – A complaint filed by the New Jersey Attorney General’s office alleges that the notorious abortionist Steven Chase Brigham continues to illegally operate seven abortion facilities in New Jersey, having never actually transferred ownership to his long-time associate, abortionist Vikram H. Kaji. A complaint was filed by the Attorney General’s office on June 16, 2015. It charged Kaji with fraud for claiming he had taken over ownership of Brigham’s New Jersey abortion businesses after Brigham’s medical license was revoked last...
  • Bill Maher on Donald Trump “Frankenstein Monster Created By Tea Party” VIDEO

    07/02/2015 9:18:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Monsters and Critics ^ | July 1, 2015 | April Neale
    “He never apologizes, he’s never wrong…he’s the white Kanye!” – Bill Maher On the last HBO “Real Time with Bill Maher” episode before the July vacation hiatus, host Bill Maher was joined by mid-show interview guest Judd Apatow, and panelists Kristen Soltis Anderson, Michael Eric Dyson and Mary Katharine Ham, who hashed over the viability of Donald Trump as a GOP contender. During the segment, Maher quips he was waiting for the “Trump-Christie” GOP ticket. Now that Christie has thrown his hat in the ring too, this is actually a remote possibility. Despite the unvarnished remarks slung by Donald Trump,...
  • New Jersey: The least liked state in America

    Are you Jersey proud? The rest of the country doesn’t seem to understand why. A new survey by YouGov ranks New Jersey as the least liked state in the nation. “New Jersey is the only state in the country which people tend to have a negative opinion of,” YouGov said in its summary. According to YouGov’s findings, 40 percent of Americans have a negative opinion of New Jersey, the highest of any of the 50 states.
  • John Whitman, Husband of Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, Dies at Age 71

    07/02/2015 7:06:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | July 2, 2015 | Jonathan Chait
    John Whitman, the husband of former Republican Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and the state's first-ever first gentleman, died Thursday. He was 71. He died at Morristown Medical Center after suffering a catastrophic brain injury in mid-June, said Heather Grizzle, a spokeswoman for Todd Whitman. John Whitman was an investment banker who served as a managing partner at Princeton-based Sycamore Ventures. He served as New Jersey's first gentleman from 1994 to 2001.
  • No charges against Bill Cosby as investigators close Atlantic City rape case

    07/02/2015 4:30:00 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 18 replies
    Philly.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Nick Vadala
    Bill Cosby will not be charged in connection with actress Lili Bernard’s allegations that the comedian sexually assaulted her in Atlantic City in the early 1990s. “The office of the Atlantic County Prosecutor has terminated its investigation, closed its file and so notified Ms. Bernard’s lawyer,” Edwin J. Jacobs, Jr., Cosby’s New Jersey attorney at Jacobs & Barbone, said via a release. When Bernard first spoke with police this past May, her case appeared to be a lynchpin in the ongoing Cosby scandal due to New Jersey’s lack of a statute of limitations on rape. However, that change in law...
  • N.J. man knees detectives' groins in attempt to escape arrest, police say

    07/02/2015 4:27:34 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    NJ.com ^ | July 2, 2015
    HOBOKEN—A North Bergen man kneed several detectives in their groins on Wednesday to avoid being arrested for selling drugs, according to police reports. Javier Gomez, 37, kneed Hoboken detectives' groins and tried to throw them into a four-foot gate in an attempt to escape arrest, police said. Detectives determined that Gomez was likely selling drugs after they saw him riding his bicycle to meet various people, according to police reports.
  • Chris Christie to NJ county clerks: You must uphold the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling

    07/02/2015 3:41:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/02/2015 | AllahPundit
    Bobby Jindal’s office assured Louisiana clerks that they can invoke his executive order on religious freedom if they have a conscientious objection to issuing a license to a gay couple, but that’s a risky proposition for a middle-class civil servant. Now that marriage is a constitutional right, a government official who attempts to deny that right is vulnerable to being sued for damages under federal law. One such suit has apparently already been filed against a clerk in Texas. Christie, a former U.S. Attorney, is offering them better legal advice than Jindal is here: If the new regime bothers...
  • A GOP Disaster Avoidance Plan (Barf Alert!!!)

    07/02/2015 11:00:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | John Warren
    With Governor ChristieÂ’s splash in the pool, the population pining to be POTUS is now large enough to hold a special Republican Primary: only the declared wannabes would participate, each egotist getting three votes. Naturally, weÂ’d eliminate all their first choices and zero in on the next two, thereby distilling a much tighter cluster of potential electables.Seriously, we now have a candidate for almost every splinter view imaginable, and good people though each of them are, they collectively exemplify a party in confusion and dysfunction. As one wag pointed out, the last time there were this many declared candidates, a...
  • Why Chris Christie is smart to wave the white flag on gay marriage

    07/02/2015 10:48:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 2, 2015 | Amber Phillips
    After the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, many Republican 2016 candidates tacked to the right, vowing to fight for religious freedom next. Everyone from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee promised social conservatives they'd use their increasingly limited means to prevent religiously conservative government employees from being forced to issue same-sex marriage licenses, or to grant protections for religiously conservative wedding photographers from having to shoot a same-sex wedding. Let them fight over those folks, says Chris Christie. And he might be onto something. At a New Hampshire town hall Wednesday night, the New Jersey Republican...
  • Christie Opposes Exemptions for Clerks Who Object to Same-Sex Marriage

    07/02/2015 8:22:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Time ^ | July 1, 2015 | Zeke J Miller
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie broke with many in his party’s social conservative wing Wednesday, telling reporters that government employees who have objections to issuing same-sex marriage licenses should not be allowed to opt out. While many conservatives have called for steps to protect government employees who have objections to Friday’s same-sex marriage ruling from the Supreme Court, Christie said those who work for the government should abide by their oaths.
  • Chris Christie Announces 2016 Presidential Campaign With Swipes At Obama, Hillary Clinton

    07/02/2015 4:24:25 AM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 1, 2015 | ADAM DESIDERIO
    Chris Christie is running for president, he announced today at his alma mater, Livingston High School in New Jersey, becoming the 14th Republican candidate to enter the 2016 presidential race. "America is tired of handwringing and indecisiveness and weakness in the Oval Office," the New Jersey governor said today to a cheering crowd. "We need to have strength and decision-making and authority back in the Oval office and that is why today I am proud to announce my candidacy for the Republican nomination for president of the United States of America." Standing beside him were his wife, Mary Pat, and...
  • Chris Christie wins an endorsement: Maine Gov. Paul LePage(endorses least conservative Governor)

    07/01/2015 3:32:08 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/1/15 | Kyle Cheney
    Maine’s Paul LePage became the first sitting governor to endorse a candidate in the 2016 GOP nomination race, throwing his support behind Christie Christie’s fledgling bid for president. Mr. LePage said that the New Jersey governor has been an inspiration to him over his career and said Mr. Christie, as the head of the Republican Governors Association, played an instrumental role in helping him win re-election last year. (SNIP) LePage refused to criticize Christie for accepting Obamacare’s huge Medicaid expansion, a program LePage has derided as “welfare expansion” and that he repeatedly vetoed when the Maine Legislature sent it to...
  • Chris Christie becomes 435th candidate to declare for 2016 election

    06/30/2015 6:52:54 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    Philly.com ^ | June 30, 2015 | Scott Bomboy
    Governor Christie declared his presidential intentions on Tuesday in what appears to be crowded GOP field. But “crowded” is a relative word according to the FEC’s official list of candidates.Christie joined 12 other high-profile Republican primary candidates after holding a press conference and he will soon file with the Federal Elections Commission as a candidate of record receiving campaign contributions.