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  • New York no longer worst state to do business

    04/16/2014 11:44:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Crain Communications ^ | April 15, 2014 | Jeremy Smerd
    That honor now goes to New Jersey. Tax reforms passed in the latest budget represent big improvements for corporations, but not so much for individuals. ... Still, New York remains a burdensome place to earn a living. The reforms did not change the state's poor rankings for having high sales taxes (No. 38), individual income taxes (No. 49) and unemployment taxes (No. 45). Meanwhile, the governor announced Tuesday that the state tax department collected nearly $4 billion in evaded taxes in the past year, a 5% or $200 million increase compared to the year earlier.The state collects about $87 billion...
  • Judge: Christie ex-aides can withhold documents

    04/09/2014 1:50:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 9, 2014 4:35 PM EDT | David Porter and Angela Delli Santi
    Two former associates of Gov. Chris Christie do not have to hand over documents to a legislative committee investigating the traffic jam scandal engulfing the governor, a New Jersey judge ruled Wednesday. Former Christie loyalists Bridget Kelly and Bill Stepien had been fighting subpoenas calling for them to turn over documents regarding the plot to create traffic jams in Fort Lee to retaliate against the town’s Democratic mayor. The legislative panel asked for the court’s help in getting the two to comply with the subpoenas. Calling the decision one involving “complicated and untested jurisdictional issues,” Judge Mary Jacobson expressed reservations...
  • Ann Coulter: Mitt Romney Will Lose in 2012 (Now She Says Yes To Romney in 2016?)

    04/07/2014 8:14:29 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 119 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3/2/2012 | Anti Rinos
    "...If we don't run Chris Christie, Romney will be the nominee and we'll lose."
  • Grand jury to probe Christie’s role in Bridgegate

    04/05/2014 11:59:59 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 4, 2014 | th DeFalco and Josh Saul
    A federal grand jury is investigating NJ Governor Chris Christie’s involvement in the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal and heard hours of testimony Friday from Christie press secretary Mike Drewniak. The US Attorney in New Jersey is taking the investigation extremely seriously, and recently increased the number of investigators on the case from three to 10, sources told the Post.
  • Krauthammer: Christie Gave Obama 'Lap Dance' After Sandy

    04/01/2014 6:09:33 AM PDT · by shuck and yall · 46 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | 4/01/14 | Tony Lee
    Republican pundit Charles Krauthammer said that when Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie embraced President Barack Obama after Hurricane Sandy a week before the 2012 presidential election, he was essentially giving Obama a lap dance. “I think many Republicans are extremely upset with what was described in the press as giving Obama a bear hug,” Krauthammer said on Sunday in a debate with Obama strategist David Plouffe, according to Politico. “I saw it slightly differently, I thought it was more of like a lap dance. Not a phrase I would use on television, since the image is too disturbing.”
  • Chris Christie calls Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria 'occupied territories'

    03/30/2014 9:45:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 3/30/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Christie apologized for the gaffe. Not long after his speech, Christie met with Adelson privately in the casino mogul’s office in the Venetian hotel and casino, which hosted the RJC meeting. The source told POLITICO that Christie “clarified in the strongest terms possible that his remarks today were not meant to be a statement of policy.” Instead, the source said, Christie made clear “that he misspoke when he referred to the ‘occupied territories.’ And he conveyed that he is an unwavering friend and committed supporter of Israel, and was sorry for any confusion that came across as a result of...
  • Lawyer who led probe says 'not a shred of evidence' Christie knew of bridge scandal

    03/27/2014 8:14:46 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03-27-2014 | FoxNews.com
    The lawyer who led an investigation that determined Gov. Chris Christie was not involved in the bridge closure scandal told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Thursday there is not a “shred of evidence” Christie knew anything. Randy Mastro, a former federal prosecutor, released a report on his team’s investigation Thursday. The report relied on interviews with officials in the Christie administration, including the governor, and 250,000 documents. Mastro said on “The Kelly File” his investigation was exhaustive and thorough, and in the end completely exonerated Christie. “There is not a shred of evidence that Governor Christie knew anything about this lane...
  • Cable Nets Cut Away from Obama to Cover Christie Bridgegate Press Conference

    03/27/2014 1:48:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: After the president met with Pope Francis, Il Papa, he then went over to the Villa Madama, the headquarters of the Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi. They had a joint press conference that was interrupted. The cable nets actually cut away from this for news about Governor Christie. I kid you not. Here is what we got of Obama's joint presser (not all of it, but some of it) with the Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi. OBAMA: My day started with the great honor of meeting His Holiness, Pope Francis. I've been incredibly moved by his compassion,...
  • Christie Will Either Veto Magazine Restriction Bill, Or Kiss His Presidential Aspirations Goodbye

    03/26/2014 4:27:05 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 20 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | 14 March 14 | Bob Owens
    It’s really very, very simple for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. New Jersey’s absurd citizen control fetish doesn’t play well in New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Utah, Nevada, South Carolina, North Carolina, Arizona, or Michigan. These state comprise the first two months of the 2016 Presidential primary season, and the majority of Republican voters in these states are either very pro-gun to begin with, or are trending towards passing much more Second Amendment-friendly laws. Any candidate that doesn’t do well in these early primaries can kiss their Presidential aspirations goodbye, and one of the fastest ways to sink...
  • Is Christie’s Slim Down Setting The Presidential Stage? (Lost 100 Pounds)

    03/24/2014 9:51:02 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 49 replies
    My 9 NJ ^ | 03-24-2014 | Sibile Marcellus
    Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Lately, Governor Christie has been looking slimmer during his town hall meetings and some reports say he lost about 100-pounds from the lap band surgery he underwent a year ago. Dr. Charles Simone formerly worked with President Reagan and he took the time to discuss Christie’s weight loss and health. “It’s very gratifying to see that he lost so much weight and given all the priorities he’s gone through recently and emotionally,” he said.
  • Governor Christie, Luddite in Chief, bans Tesla sales in New Jersey

    03/13/2014 10:53:47 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 33 replies
    The Thanks Project ^ | 03/13/2014 | Steve Berman
    New Jersey has followed Arizona and Texas into the Dark Side, banning sales of Tesla Motors cars. I feel like I’m living a chapter from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. The part of Hank Reardon is being played by Tony Stark Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors (and CEO of SpaceX, and transportation visionary and software designer and physicist). James Taggart is played by Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, Luddite in Chief.
  • Christie, Cruz and Paul — CPAC’s distinct trio

    03/12/2014 2:21:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 12, 2014 | Steve Deace
    Though Karl Rove, Ronald Reagan, and Barry Goldwater weren’t in attendance at the 2014 edition of the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, the contrasting visions each had for the Republican Party were well represented. Championing Rove’s cynical realpolitik wing that believes in winning simply for winning’s sake was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who essentially told the CPAC audience the GOP should keep doing what lost the last two presidential elections — but do it even worse. Showing he’s either out-of-touch with reality or really just a liberal, Christie even said Republicans have lost because they’ve been nominating candidates...
  • The CPAC Speeches

    03/08/2014 12:05:03 PM PST · by TheMantis · 6 replies
    Examiner ^ | 3/8/14 | Robert Elliott
    Mike Huckabee - "These are the things that I know. I know there is a God, and I know this nation would not exist had he not been the midwife of its birth. And I know that this nation exists by the providence of his hand, and if this nation forgets our God, then God will have every right to forget us. I hope that we repent before we ever have to receive his fiery judgment."
  • Video: Standing ovation for Chris Christie at CPAC

    03/06/2014 12:13:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/06/2014 | AllahPundit
    Actually, although I have video of his speech, I don’t have video of the reception he got. You’ll have to trust David Freddoso and Eliana Johnson on that: The crowd gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference rose to its feet as Chris Christie exited stage left…Christie’s remarks were highly anticipated, not only because of the lingering scandal but also because CPAC brass dinged him last year by leaving him off of the guest list. Today, the governor was greeted with murmurs and some quiet cheers; he drew more excitement from the audience as he proceeded…Christie returned to a familiar...
  • Judge: No, parents can’t be forced to financially support their disobedient 18-year-old child

    03/05/2014 2:26:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/05/2014 | AllahPundit
    C’mon. In the new America, you’re not really an adult until you’re 26. Maybe longer, depending on the next unilateral executive rule change.This case had to end this way, didn’t it? Rachel Canning, a senior at Morris Catholic High School, went to court to force her parents, Sean and Elizabeth Canning, to pay her child support, her private school tuition, medical and related bills, college expenses and legal fees. Canning is an honor student and athlete, but her parents have stopped paying her bills because, they say, she would not obey their rules…Her parents countered that she voluntarily left home...
  • Lawyer on Christie’s SCHOOL FUNDING task force is bankrolling teen suing parents for college cash

    03/05/2014 8:17:32 AM PST · by servo1969 · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3-5-2014 | Eric Owens
    Full Title - "Lawyer on Chris Christie’s SCHOOL FUNDING task force is bankrolling teen suing parents for college cash" The prominent New Jersey attorney who is funding the legal costs of 18-year-old Morris Catholic High School senior Rachel Canning in her lawsuit against her own parents serves on Gov. Chris Christie’s School Funding Task Force. The attorney is John P. Inglesino, the managing partner at Inglesino, Wyciskala & Taylor, LLC, a 10-attorney firm in Parsippany, N.J. Gov. Christie’s School Funding Task Force exists to eradicate abuse and fraud from New Jersey’s education system, explains the Common Sense Institute of New...
  • N.J. Democrats propose limiting capacity of gun magazines

    02/27/2014 5:27:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | February 26, 2014 | Andrew Seidman
    TRENTON New Jersey Democrats on Monday proposed legislation that would limit the ammunition capacity of gun magazines, 14 months after a massacre at a Connecticut elementary school revived a national debate about the role of guns in America. The bill, announced by the Legislature's Democratic leadership at a Statehouse news conference with parents of children slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, would reduce magazine capacity to 10 rounds, from 15. It also would ban semiautomatic rifles with fixed-magazine capacities that exceed 10 rounds. "When you meet families that lost their loved ones, it's pretty hard to explain...
  • Items from Van Cliburn’s estate to be auctioned through Christie’s

    02/21/2014 12:39:05 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Star Telegram ^ | 2-21-14 | Marilyn Bailey
    Special to the Star-Telegram One year after his death, hundreds of items from the estate of Van Cliburn are going on sale at Christie’s auction house in New York. The pianist, who died in February 2013, filled his Westover Hills home with items encountered during his world travels — fine art, furnishings, tableware — and selected with a veteran collector’s eye. Two years ago, Cliburn parted with some of his most valuable treasures at a Christie’s auction of what was billed as “The Van Cliburn Collection.” That sale earned almost $4.4 million, beating a presale estimate of $3 million. The...
  • NJ’s Christie keeps low profile as Dems attack

    02/22/2014 10:00:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2014 12:20 PM EST | Steve Peoples and Ken Thomas
    Moving cautiously to repair his image, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is maintaining a low profile this weekend as the nation’s governors gather in Washington. Republican officials have been eager to change the subject as Democrats link Christie’s troubles to vulnerable GOP governors in a challenging election season. The usually outspoken Christie is scheduled to attend just one public event over the three-day annual meeting. He avoided a media-sponsored forum on Friday, wasn’t granting interviews, won’t attend a White House dinner and was skipping a news conference hosted by the Republican Governors Association, an organization he heads. …
  • Bill Maher: Even I can’t take any more of this endless MSNBC feeding frenzy over Chris Christie

    02/20/2014 4:54:13 PM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 10 replies
    HotAir ^ | 02-18-2014
    Whatever we had is not working any more. You’re obviously interested in another man: Chris Christie. You’re obsessed with him. So I wanted you to hear it from me first. I’m going to start seeing other news organizations. I’ll miss what we had. It was a rocket ship ride. We were both passionate flaming liberals and we didn’t care what the world thought of us. It was a glorious time. We finished each other’s Sarah Palin jokes. But now we never talk about any of the things we used to talk about: global warming, gun control, poverty… All because Chris...
  • Gov. Chris Christie goes to Puerto Rico as New Jersey digs out of Nor’easter

    02/17/2014 5:39:13 AM PST · by cll · 8 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 2/15/2014 | Tim O'Connor
    As New Jersey dug out Friday from the Nor’easter and braced for more snowflakes on Saturday, Gov. Chris Christie jetted off to Puerto Rico for some sun and fun, CNN reported on Friday. “After the storm had passed, the governor left the state [Friday] morning for a long weekend away with his family, and he will return Monday night,” Christie spokesman Colin Reed told the network.
  • Poll: Christie deficit against Clinton jumps to 21 points

    02/11/2014 6:36:10 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 11, 2014, 02:53 pm | Mario Trujillo
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) saw his deficit in a 2016 presidential matchup against Hillary Clinton balloon to 21 points, according to a new national poll. A Marist-McClatchy poll released Tuesday found 58 percent of people would support Hillary Clinton in a general election race, while 37 percent would support Christie. Christie’s poll numbers have been struggling since revelations that a staffer in his administration had a hand in the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge last year. The state legislature and the U.S. attorney in New Jersey are looking into the closures. The new poll shows his ratings have sunk...
  • Illinois GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Latest to Avoid Christie on RGA Trip

    02/11/2014 7:48:13 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Feb 2014 | Frances Martel
    When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie visited Florida shortly after the revelation that his staffers had caused a traffic disaster for political retribution, no Republican would be seen in public with the RGA chairman. Last week, the same happened in Texas, and this week, Illinois Republicans will steer clear of Christie's events. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the four gubernatorial candidates competing in Illinois have no plans to join Christie at various Republican Governors Association events. Christie will be landing in Chicago on Tuesday to attend a number of fundraisers, but he will not be greeted by Republican gubernatorial candidates, and the...
  • GOP donors worried about Christie’s 2016 prospects

    02/11/2014 2:12:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 11, 2014 3:32 AM EST | Thomas Beaumont
    Where just months ago Republicans brimmed with pride over Chris Christie’s landslide re-election, doubts about his prospects as a potential presidential candidate have begun creeping into the minds of some donors in key states, according to some GOP fundraisers. […] “There are influential donors who are giving him a second and third look,” Herberger said of Christie. “Where they would have been ‘this is the guy’ two months ago, I think a lot of people are giving him a second look and keeping their powder dry.” “But that could change, too,” said Herberger. “There’s so much time between now and...
  • Bridgegate probe to check Christie chopper rides

    02/10/2014 8:33:31 AM PST · by topher · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 10, 2014 | 1:27am | By Beth DeFalco and Leonard Greene
    The New Jersey legislative committee investigating the Bridgegate scandal will probe records of helicopter rides Gov. Chris Christie took to see if he flew near Fort Lee while lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge were closed, sources told The Post. Lawmakers also want to know if the New Jersey governor took a ride with then-Port Authority exec David Wildstein, who allegedly orchestrated the lane closures on the order of a Christie aide.
  • GREG ABBOTT STEERS CLEAR OF SCANDAL-PLAGUED CHRISTIE'S TEXAS RGA TRIP

    02/07/2014 1:59:07 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 9 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 7 Feb 2014 | FRANCES MARTEL
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has spent his gubernatorial campaign avoiding other people's scandals. Emphasizing policy and refusing to make Wendy Davis's false life story the center of the race, it was little surprise that Abbott chose not to meet with scandal-plagued RGA Chairman Chris Christie when he visited Texas yesterday. But Abbott wanted nothing to with the New Jersey governor and was quick to announce that he would not meet with Christie at any of the RGA's private events. Current Governor Rick Perry, who has no elections to worry about, made the same decision. Abbott's team stated that he...
  • Chris Christie and Rick Perry: 'They just don't like each other'

    02/07/2014 12:09:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 7, 2014 | Peter Hamby, National Political Reporter
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Dallas, Texas (CNN) -- In the afterglow of Chris Christie's smashing re-election win last November, a chorus of big-name Republicans heralded the charismatic New Jersey governor as the party's savior in 2016. Not everyone was so enamored. Just days after the election, Texas Gov. Rick Perry appeared on national television and poured cold water on Christie's impressive victory. "He was a successful governor in New Jersey," Perry said on ABC's "This Week." "Now does that transcend to the country? We'll see in later years and months to come. We're all different states. Is a conservative in New Jersey a conservative...
  • Coulter: A Bridge Too Far-Fetched

    02/06/2014 6:11:42 AM PST · by xzins · 33 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | February 6, 2014 | Ann Coulter
    The gravamen of the media’s case against Christie on Bridgegate seems to be that he is a “bully” — which I painstakingly gleaned from the fact that the governor is called a “bully” 1 million times a night on MSNBC and in hundreds of blog postings and New York Times reports. Christie is not a bully. If anything, he’s a pansy, a man terrified of the liberal media, of Wall Street, of Silicon Valley, of Obama, of Bruce Springsteen, of Mark Zuckerberg, of Chuck Schumer. It’s a good bet he’s afraid of his own shadow. (In fairness, his shadow is...
  • Chris Christie to Speak at CPAC Amid Scandal

    02/03/2014 12:08:30 PM PST · by ColdOne · 24 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/3/14 | Matthew Boyle
    New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie will speak at 2014’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the American Conservative Union (ACU) announced late Sunday. The ACU’s decision to invite Christie comes after he was denied a speaking slot in 2013 and amid a scandal over politically motivated highway lane closures that may jeopardize the rough-and-tumble Governor’s political future. “We are very excited to announce that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will speak at CPAC 2014,” ACU chairman Al Cardenas said in a statement. “At this year’s CPAC — and through our theme ‘ACU’s Golden Anniversary: Getting It Right for 50 Years’...
  • Christie Abandoned by Conservatives

    02/03/2014 9:41:07 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Feb 2014 | Tony Lee
    Responding to embattled Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's scandals concerning "Bridgegate" and Hurricane Sandy Relief funds, conservatives have been more anti-mainstream media, anti-President Barack Obama, and anti-Hillary Clinton than pro-Christie.  Their support, though, has been far from enthusiastic, showing how difficult it will be for Christie to not only win the Republican presidential nomination if he becomes a candidate but to win in the general election if he gets the nomination. The mainstream media--and his friends at MSNBC--have turned on Christie, and conservatives have again defended an establishment Republican more than the establishment has ever defended them. Conservatives have pointed out that Christie has taken...
  • Scattered Boos Greet Christie at Super Bowl Event

    02/02/2014 12:03:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 02/02/2014
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was greeted with a scattering of boos when he appeared at a Super Bowl ceremony in New York City on Saturday. The embattled governor wouldn't answer questions from the press about the bridge-gate scandal sparked when his top aides orchestrated traffic gridlock on the George Washington Bridge connecting New York and New Jersey as apparent political retribution. He has denied any knowledge of an plot.
  • NYT Caught Altering Christie Story: Port Authority Official No Longer 'Has Evidence,

    02/01/2014 8:17:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | February 1, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    Longtime readers here may recall that yours truly and others have written about liberties New York Times reporter Kate Zernike has taken with the truth, especially in her reporting on the Tea Party movement. Her penchant for inventing baseless stories about alleged racism in the movement once caused the late Andrew Breitbart to label her "a despicable human being." Breitbart might well have the same reaction to the hours-later revision made at Zernike's Times story Friday about Chris Christie. Several alert bloggers and tweeters noted that her story about Christie's knowledge of shut lanes on the George Washington Bridge conveniently...
  • Did Gov. Christie have knowledge of the lane closures in regards to their supposed use as a "study"?

    02/01/2014 7:24:54 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 17 replies
    2/1/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    If I am not mistaken, Governor Chris Christie said in his 100+ minutes speech that he did had knowledge (at some point in the past) of the lane closures -- but that knowledge was related to the lane closures being in connection with a study. Based upon this, how can Christie's words that he had no knowledge of the lane closures be used against him? I may be wrong, but it would seem that the only logical conclusion to the two seemingly diametrically opposed statements is that his words (that he had no knowledge of the lane closures) would have...
  • N.Y. Times changes lede of Wildstein story (Christie and G.W. Bridge)

    01/31/2014 11:54:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/31/14 6:16 PM EST | Hadas Gold
    The New York Times changed the lede of its explosive story about former New York Port Authority official David Wildstein on Friday. Whereas the original story stated that Wildstein has the evidence to prove Gov. Chris Christie knew about the George Washington Bridge lane closings when they were happening, the new version has Wildstein saying “evidence exists.” […] This seemingly minor change carries a big difference in meaning. The original lede reads as though Wildstein is saying he specifically has evidence that links Christie to knowing about the bridge lane closures. The second lede suggests only that “evidence exists,” not...
  • NY Times: Christie Knew About GW Bridge Lane Closings

    01/31/2014 5:26:45 PM PST · by servo1969 · 89 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 1-31-2014 | Jim Hoft
    He knew. The liberal New York Times reported today that Governor Chris Christie knew about the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge when they were happening. The New York Times reported: The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening. In a letter released by his lawyer, the official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing...
  • Ex-Christie Campaign Manager to Plead the Fifth, Lawyer Says

    01/31/2014 1:04:41 PM PST · by kristinn · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Friday, January 31, 2014 | Aaron Blake
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former campaign manager will plead the Fifth Amendment when he is asked about his role in an apparent plot to create a traffic jam in Fort Lee, N.J., according to a filing from his lawyer. The campaign manager, Bill Stepien, was one of two people disciplined for his actions related to the access lane closures, shortly after the apparent scheme was disclosed in a series of e-mails and text messages...
  • Christie Knew About Bridge Lane Closings, Port Authority Official Says

    01/31/2014 12:47:24 PM PST · by kristinn · 75 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Friday, January 31, 2014 | Kate Zernike
    The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening, and that he had the evidence to prove it. In a letter released by his lawyer, the official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as “the...
  • Chris Christie Asks Obama for More Sandy Aid as Evidence of Misuse Grows

    01/31/2014 10:42:07 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 8 replies
    Breibart - Big Government ^ | 1-30-2014 | Frances Martel
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may stand accused of using Sandy money as both carrot and stick in his political battles, but that's not stopping him from asking the federal government for more help. The Star-Ledger reported Wednesday that Christie sent a letter to President Obama asking FEMA to extend its housing program. The program, the paper reports, would not directly bring money into the state, but instead cost the Federal government thousands in maintaining temporary homes for displaced victims. The housing, located in the Central Jersey facility of Fort Monmouth, currently houses 49 families but takes care of 80...
  • POLL: SARAH PALIN HAS HIGHEST FAVORABILITY RATING AMONG GOP PRIMARY VOTERS

    01/29/2014 8:20:02 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 200 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Wednesday January 29, 2014
    Though former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was not included in a Public Policy Polling survey of potential 2016 Republican presidential contenders, she was still overwhelmingly the most liked person among Republican primary voters. According to Public Policy Polling: The best liked person we tested on this poll with Republican primary voters is actually Sarah Palin who has a 70/20 favorability rating. She's followed by Huckabee at 64/18, Ryan at 58/18, Paul at 58/21, Bush at 56/18, Cruz at 45/20, and Christie at 40/38. Most of those numbers are similar to what they were a month ago but Christie's seen a...
  • Bill de Blasio and Chris Christie Look Chummy at Super Bowl Kick-Off Party

    01/28/2014 12:51:10 PM PST · by ZULU · 19 replies
    Politicker ^ | January 28, 2014 | Jill Colvin
    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Mayor Bill de Blasio may have harshly criticized New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for his administration’s recent “bridgegate” scandal, but for one night, at least, it was all water under the bridge.
  • Democrats stacked Bridgegate panel

    01/28/2014 2:45:56 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/27/14 | Amy Handlin
    Instead of getting to the truth of the Bridgegate affair, the new Legislative Select Committee on Investigation is looking more likely to obscure or distort the facts. **SNIP** But the Democratic majority structured the committee in ways guaranteed to cast doubt on its findings. Moreover, it has no mechanism for public input, no ceiling on costs and no limits on its scope or methods. For starters: With eight Democrats and four Republicans, the group’s extreme partisan imbalance undercuts any sense of shared purpose. Such a brazenly stacked deck sets the stage for unproductive bickering instead of thoughtful debate. The lack...
  • Christie on Guns (2008 flashback)

    01/24/2014 1:46:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Politicker NJ ^ | August 6th, 2008 | Wally Edge
    One hint on U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie’s political ideology comes from his 1995 campaign for the State Assembly, when he attacked two other candidates, Anthony Bucco and Michael Patrick Carroll, for supporting a repeal of the ban on assault weapons. A reader sent PolitickerNJ.com a copy of the mailer from that campaign after Matt Friedman’s story on conservatives wanting to know where the federal prosecutor stands on some state issues.Christie's position won't hurt him as a general election candidate in a state where polls over the last decade have constistently demonstrated support for an assault weapons ban.  His exposure is...
  • Christie Proposes Education Changes (incl after-school dinner)

    01/24/2014 9:55:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    MY9NJ.com ^ | Jan 24, 2014 | Staff
    In Governor Christie’s efforts to solve New Jersey’s education problems, yesterday he visited the Dudley Family School in Camden to discuss some of his plans for school programs in the Garden State. ......................................................... One of the big education announcements that he made in Camden is plans for an after-school dinner program for kids in six of the city’s schools. Research has shown that when kids are hungry, that affects not just their academic performance, but also their behavior.
  • Christie Controls $100 Million to Support Fellow GOP Govs

    01/23/2014 1:58:05 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Jan 2014 | Mike Flynn
    At the end of last year, embattled NJ Gov. Chris Christie took control of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), which acts as a kind of super-pac for GOP gubernatorial campaigns. In 2010, a cycle comparable to the upcoming elections, the RGA spent well over $100 million to support GOP campaigns for governor. Governors up for reelection in November have been among the first to defend Christie in his current scandal.  Soon after the Bridge-gate scandal broke, the nation's Governors met in DC for a regularly scheduled conference of the National Governors Association. Several Republican Governors spoke out in defense of...
  • We Told You So: McDonnell, Christie Dumped Tea Party Long Ago

    01/22/2014 10:05:50 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Jan 2014, 7:54 AM PDT | Joel B. Pollak
    <p>New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell were the first victors in the Tea Party wave, riding fresh conservative enthusiasm--and outrage over Obamacare--to victory in November 2009. The left, predictably, is trying to link Christie's bullying scandal and McDonnell's corruption indictment to that Tea Party support. The truth, however, is that they dumped their Tea Party principles and supporters long ago.</p>
  • CPAC chairman: Christie will likely be invited this year

    01/22/2014 9:54:30 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 21, 2014, 02:35 pm | Cameron Joseph
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will likely be invited to this year's annual Conservative Political Action Conference after being snubbed last year.American Conservative Union (ACU) Chairman Al Cardenas, whose group runs CPAC, said Christie is "being looked at differently this year" because of his likely presidential campaign.Cardenas told The Hill that there haven't been any final decisions made but said Christie's 2016 potential makes it more likely that he'll get an invite this year, even as a brewing scandal over a bridge closing last year and other accusations of political playback have swirled around the governor.According to Cardenas, last...
  • After Comparing Christie to Nixon for Nine Days, Chris Matthews

    01/21/2014 2:49:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 21, 2014 | Scott Whitlock
    Chris Matthews really doesn’t listen when he speaks.  On every program since Chris Christie’s bridge scandal broke on January 8, the MSNBC anchor has smeared the Republican governor as just like Richard Nixon in Watergate. Matthews has done this for nine straight shows, including the January 20 edition. However, on the same program, with no sense of self awareness, a thought occurred to the anchor.  He announced that if “it is discovered that Governor Christie did not encourage political revenge, did not signal that this is the way he wanted political business conducted, then he will be exonerated before the...
  • Christie scandal means Hillary Rodham Clinton should never be president: James Varney

    01/20/2014 12:17:15 AM PST · by Sharkfish · 28 replies
    Nola.com ^ | James Varney
    Now that the dust is beginning to settle, the biggest takeaway from what's swirled around New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is this: Hillary Rodham Clinton can never be president. Or, more pointedly, no intelligent, reasonable person who thinks what happened in New Jersey disqualifies Christie for the White House can vote for Clinton for the same office. Anyone declaring Christie out of bounds today who later claims careful or informed deliberation while pulling the Hillary lever in 2016 is a bald-faced liar. They are but naked, shameless, rabid partisans.
  • NJ mayor: Christie aides held Sandy recovery money hostage

    01/18/2014 1:16:08 PM PST · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    nypost.com ^ | january 18, 2014
    The mayor of a New Jersey city that sustained severe flooding from Hurricane Sandy claims the Christie administration withheld millions of dollars in recovery grants because she refused to sign off on a politically connected development. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer tells The Associated Press that Gov. Chris Christie’s lieutenant governor and a top community development official said recovery funds would flow to her city if the commercial development went forward. MSNBC first reported her comments Saturday. Zimmer says Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno pulled her aside at a May event and told her unless the project is approved “we are not...
  • NJ Mayor: Christie Withheld Sandy Funds as Political Payback(Pay it forward)

    01/18/2014 1:11:40 PM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 7 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 1/18/2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    First came bridge-gate. Now the mayor of Hoboken, N.J., has accused Gov. Chris Christie's administration of withholding Superstorm Sandy relief when she refused to OK a redevelopment project — with links to the agency at the heart of the bridge scandal — the governor favored.