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  • A Grave Problem – NJ Ban on Religious Headstone Sales Could Violate Constitution

    03/27/2015 6:34:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/26/15 | Kevin J. Jones
    Trenton, N.J., Mar 26, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A New Jersey law crafted to ban the Archdiocese of Newark from selling cemetery headstones might not pass muster under judicial review, according to a constitutional law expert. Matthew Franck said the law “may well be violating the freedom of religion” guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution because it “singles out religious organizations for disfavored treatment.” Franck directs the Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Princeton, N.J.-based Witherspoon Institute. He characterized the law as “a direct assault on the freedom of churches to offer services to the bereaved...
  • Corruption Charges Against Menendez Could Be Good News For Christie

    03/06/2015 4:29:15 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    fivethirtyeight.com ^ | Harry Enten
    The Department of Justice is preparing to charge New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez with corruption. Menendez, a Democrat, may not leave office quietly — his term isn’t up until 2018 — but if he does resign, it could present Republican Gov. Chris Christie with an opportunity to get back in the good graces of conservatives statewide and around the country. That’s because Christie would get to choose both the temporary replacement for Menendez and the date of a special election to fill the seat. Christie could choose a moderate Republican such as state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. or former Rep....
  • Chris Christie's Delusions of Presidential Grandeur

    03/03/2015 1:25:36 PM PST · by Chris in VA · 16 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | 3/3/15 | David Webb
    Politico reported that Chris Christie felt he exceeded expectations at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) convention. The only problem is that Christie is trending in the wrong direction with the GOP’s conservative base. Christie finished in 4th place with 8% in 2014, according to The Washington Times, which plummeted to a dismal 10th place finish with only 2.8%.
  • CHRIS CHRISTIE ADMITS ‘REGRETS’ ADOPTING COMMON CORE, SAYS NJ NEEDED THE MONEY

    02/27/2015 6:37:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 26, 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    In an interview at CPAC with conservative show host Laura Ingraham, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) acknowledged why many governors likely adopted the unproven Common Core standards were dangled before them by the Obama administration: He signed onto them because his state needed the federal funds that would come in exchange for adopting the unpopular education reform. Ingraham asked Christie about his prior support for the nationalized standards, and observed that he did sign his state’s Race to the Top application for the federal funds.
  • Laura Ingraham claims Chris Christie is a conservative

    02/26/2015 4:00:31 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 27 replies
    MofoPolitics ^ | Oct. 23, 2014
    There’s a lot I like about Christie, and I know there’s a lot of people across the country going ‘I can’t believe she’s saying that! Christie’s a liberal!’ First of all, Christie’s not a liberal. (Laugh-snorts), okay? For the record, since bribing and cajoling his way into the governor’s mansion in 2009, the severely conservative Chris Christie has: Signed Hitlerian anti-gun legislation Endorsed Obama’s unconstitutional police state Confessed to agreeing with Andrew Cuomo on “98%”
  • Chris Christie Finds Himself Squeezed Not Just by Bush but by Walker

    02/22/2015 11:50:36 AM PST · by T Ruth · 14 replies
    New York Observer ^ | Ken Kurson | 02/20/15 | Ken Kurson | 02/20/15
    Wisconsin governor's NYC visit drew sizable New Jersey wallets Scott Walker spent a profitable 24 hours in town and departed with plenty of NYC cash. But perhaps even more encouraging for fans of the Wisconsin governor is that his haul included dollars from at least four prominent New Jersey contributors, the Observer has learned. *** The Observer has learned that last night’s fundraiser was attended by at least four prominent New Jersey donors, further calling into question the hold New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie can exert over his home state contributors. Mason Simpson, an attorney from Holmdel who practices law...
  • After companies create jobs, NJ cuts funds for tax breaks

    02/18/2015 6:16:36 PM PST · by Coleus · 16 replies
    Bergen Record ^ | 02.17.15 | HUGH R. MORLEY
    As the state pours billions of dollars in business tax breaks into programs aimed at strengthening New Jersey’s struggling economy, it has put the brakes on another incentive program, leaving hundreds of companies without promised payments that could total in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Seeking to balance the state budget over the last few years, the Christie administration and the Legislature have each slashed funding for the Business Employment Incentive Program, commonly referred to as BEIP, eliminating payments to companies that were promised annual income tax rebate checks in return for moving to New Jersey or expanding here....
  • Iowa Congressman Reintroduces Interstate Commerce Agriculture Bill

    02/11/2015 1:36:03 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    On Feb. 3, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) re-introduced his Protect Interstate Commerce Act (PICA), which he attempted to amend into last year’s farm bill. King’s bill would prevent states and local jurisdictions from interfering with the production and distribution of agricultural products in interstate or foreign commerce. In his statement about PICA, King referenced California’s statewide ban on the sale of eggs from hens raised in battery cages. “Just within the last month in anticipation of the new law coming into effect, California experienced a 79 percent increase in egg prices,” King said. “Outside of California, the Midwest has seen...
  • On Iowa visit, Christie promises blunt, straight talk to fix problems

    02/10/2015 5:44:00 AM PST · by iowamark · 8 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 2/9/2015 | Rod Boshart
    WEST DES MOINES — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told an Iowa crowd last night he will bring blunt, straight talk to fill a leadership void in Washington and give the country hope again if he decides to seek the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination. “Leadership matters,” Christie told about 100 Republicans who turned out for a Dallas County fundraiser at a suburban hotel to hear the New Jersey governor who made his third Iowa appearance within a month and his 13th trip overall. He met privately with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds before attending the...
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Facing New Criminal Investigation

    02/05/2015 4:03:28 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 5, 2015 | By JOSH MARGOLIN and SHUSHANNAH WALSHE
    Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as well as members of his administration, a man at the center of the investigation told ABC News. The U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey has interviewed former Hunterdon County Assistant Prosecutor Bennett Barlyn, who claims he was fired because he objected to Christie officials dismissing indictments against political allies of the governor. Barlyn confirmed the investigation to ABC News. It was first reported by the International Business Times. “It is true,” Barlyn told ABC News, saying he was interviewed by federal authorities at his Pennsylvania home...
  • Anti-Vaccine Fanatics Kill

    02/04/2015 11:01:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 324 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    This week, controversy broke out over whether state governments have the power to require parents to have their children vaccinated. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, no stranger to compelling his citizens to stay off the roads during blizzards, announced that he had some sympathy for the anti-vaccination position: "I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well. So that's the balance the government has to decide." Kentucky Senator Rand Paul doubled down on Christie's remarks, stating, "I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound...
  • Dr. Ben Carson: No "Philosophical" Or "Religious" Exemptions For Vaccinations

    02/03/2015 8:15:43 AM PST · by Biggirl · 105 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 3, 2015 | Breitbart News
    Dr. Ben Carson, a likely 2016 GOP presidential contenders, believes there should be no “philosophical” or “religious” exemptions for vaccinations. “Although I strongly believe in individual rights and the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit, I also recognize that public health and public safety are extremely important in our society,” Carson told The Hill.
  • WSJ editorial slams Christie on vaccines

    02/03/2015 7:40:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | February 3, 2015 | Lucy McCalmont
    The Wall Street Journal’s influential editorial board rapped New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the knuckles for “meandering” on vaccines. “The real public health problem isn’t a lack of parental choice but a lack of common sense about vaccines,” the Journal said in a late-Monday editorial. It added that lawmakers should do more to promote vaccine use.
  • Chris Christie is getting ripped for his 'insane' comment on vaccinations

    02/02/2015 12:54:35 PM PST · by EveningStar · 59 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 2, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    Liberals, conservatives, and almost everybody in between are hammering New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) after he defended parents' "choice" to not vaccinate their kids against the measles. "It's more important what you think as a parent than what you think as a public official," Christie said Monday when asked about recent measles outbreaks in the US, according to The New York Times. "I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well. So that's the balance that the government has to decide."
  • Chris Christie Starts New PAC Called LMFAO … No, Really.

    01/31/2015 4:55:32 PM PST · by RedMDer · 63 replies
    BUZZPO ^ | 01-30-2015 | Jody Swan
    As Chris Christie gears up for a possible 2016 bid for the White House, he has launched a new Political Action Committee called Leadership Matters for America.(.org)
  • DJ's Prank: (Lookalike for) Chris Christie Falls Off Chair on his Butt in (Set-up) Embarrassing Vide

    01/30/2015 8:22:51 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 27 replies
    New Jersey 94WIP's Angelo Cataldi youtube ^ | June 2014 | Morning Talk Show Host Angelo Cataldi
  • Littwin: Help wanted in Hillaryland

    01/28/2015 8:35:41 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Colorado Independent ^ | Mike Littwin
    Mike Littwin If you haven’t heard the news, let me be the one to break it to you: Hillary Clinton is definitely running for president (OK, you knew that), and the two leading contenders to be her running mate are reportedly Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Colorado’s own senator… Michael Bennet. I’m not making this up. It was right there in Politico, under the byline of Washington insider Mike Allen, who got it from people deep inside Hillaryland, where the talk is that Bennet and Kaine have the inside track. (Others mentioned: Sen. Cory Booker, HUD Secretary Julian Castro,...
  • A Guide to 2016 Republican Candidates' Positions on Illegal Immigration

    01/25/2015 12:02:31 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 71 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/16/2015 | Ben Shapiro
    With Republicans in Congress split over the best approach to Obama's executive amnesty - and with many establishment Republicans splitting form grassroots Republicans on the issue of illegal immigration more generally - it's clear that immigration will be a hot-button primary issue in 2016. ... So where do the potential candidates stand? Here's a rundown: ...
  • Immigration protesters HECKLE Rick Perry and Chris Christie at conservative political summit in Iowa

    01/24/2015 4:48:58 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 27 replies
    Illegal immigration jumped to the front of Iowa conservatives' minds on Saturday when a group of protesters heckled two potential presidential candidates for disagreeing with President Barack Obama's recent moves on the subject. 'If you become president, will you deport our families?' the group of eight shouted over and over from the balcony, after former Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke about how he had mobilized his state's National Guard troops to patrol America's southern border. (SNIP) Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman in a shrinking House minority, held a small event across the street from the...
  • VandeHei's Sixth Sense: Chris Christie Doesn't Realize He's Dead

    01/22/2015 7:00:16 PM PST · by xzins · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 22, 2015 | Mark Finkelstein
    Jim VandeHei sees dead people. On today's Morning Joe, the Politico honcho agreed with Joe Scarborough's suggestion that Chris Christie is like Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense: [politically] dead but doesn't know it. Ironically, Scarborough distanced himself from his own suggestion, twice saying that he didn't believe it. But when he asked his guest if the characterization was fair, Vandehei replied "I think it is. At best he's a live man stumbling." Scarborough said "you talk to people in the Republican party and they say Chris Christie is already politically dead. . . . Since everybody is saying this...
  • Christie’s Name Goes Unsaid At Major RNC Gathering

    01/15/2015 9:22:03 PM PST · by paltz · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/15/15 | Kerry Picket
    Republicans aren’t talking about Chris Christie. The New Jersey governor’s name has been conspicuously omitted during speeches given by key GOP figures during a Republican National Committee meeting in San Diego this week, a GOP official confirmed to The Daily Caller on Thursday. “None of the speeches so far have mentioned Christie,” the source said, noting Christie was kept out of RNC Chairman Reince Priebus’ opening remarks. “In Governor Mary Fallin’s speech last night,” the source went on, “she rattled off a bunch of governors running for president but left Christie out.”
  • Chris Christie, odd man out?

    01/15/2015 10:09:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | January 14, 2015 | Ben White and Maggie Haberman
    As Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush engage in an increasingly bitter fight over big donors and fundraisers, another Republican eyeing the presidency could get squeezed out: Christopher James Christie. The New Jersey governor is suddenly moving quickly to build a campaign infrastructure in the wake of announcements by Romney and Bush that they are exploring White House bids. Christie has brought on a finance chairman, is launching a leadership PAC and is heading to Iowa for a cattle call later this month. A big chunk of his State of the State speech this week was about the rest of the...
  • 'New York Bozo!' Aaron Rodgers welcomes Chris Christie to Lambeau

    01/11/2015 5:15:22 PM PST · by topher · 29 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 11-Jan-2015 | By Eric Edholm
    On second-and-2 on the Green Bay Packers' opening drive on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, quarterback Aaron Rodgers called out an audible that — best guess — had a funny little double meaning. "New York Bozo! New York Bozo!" Rodgers shouted as he scanned over the defense. Hmm, let's see ... who is the most talked-about guest of a certain Cowboys owner? Yes, we imagine this was the Packers' response to New Jersey governor Chris Christie and his infamous red sweater being pals with Jerry Jones and a guest at the divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field, as well as...
  • Christie Administration Proposes More Gun Control For New Jersey

    01/07/2015 1:09:47 PM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 41 replies
    www.breitbart.com ^ | 1/7/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s (R) administration is proposing more gun control in the form of “security requirements” for firearm retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers–and employees of the same–in the state. The proposals originated with the State Police and are the result of “several thefts and lapses in oversight…that led to at least one death” during the past 10 years.
  • People are fleeing N.J. faster than any other state, moving company says

    01/06/2015 12:30:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    NJ.COM ^ | 01/06/2015 | By Jeff Goldman
    <p>Nearly two of every three families making an interstate move involving New Jersey last year were leaving the Garden State, the highest rate in the country.</p> <p>New Jersey had the greatest percentage of outbound moves of any state nationally last year with almost 65 percent departing, according to a company which bills itself as the largest transporter of household goods in the country.</p>
  • Dallas owner Jerry Jones paid for Chris Christie's trip to root for Cowboys, including private jet

    01/05/2015 5:30:22 PM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    NJ.com ^ | January 5, 2014 | Matt Arco
    Gov. Chris Christie’s trips to NFL games to root for the Dallas Cowboys were paid for by the team’s owner, Jerry Jones, according to the governor’s office. Images of Christie celebrating with Jones Sunday evening following the Cowboys’ latest win created a stir among sports fans on social media. Christie has now attended three games at the invitation of Jones, who invited the governor and picked up the tab, said Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts. “Governor Christie attended the game last night as a guest of Jerry Jones, who provided both the ticket and transportation at no expense to New Jersey...
  • Chris Christie in hot water with New York football fans after celebrating NFL playoff victory for

    01/05/2015 6:39:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 65 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 5, 2014 | Thomas Burrows
    New Jersey governor Chris Christie has landed himself in hot water after he was caught enthusiastically celebrating a victory for the Dallas Cowboys. Christie was filmed hugging Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones and his son Stephen in a garish orange sweater after Dallas defeated Detroit Lions in a match yesterday. A native of New Jersey, Christie follows the Cowboys despite his team having a long-standing rivalry with the New York Giants in his own state as they play in the same NFL conference every year. He also cheers for the Cowboys ahead of his state's other NFL team, the New York...
  • Degrees of separation from Steve King

    A flock of 2016 presidential hopefuls will be attending a major GOP event in Iowa this month co-sponsored by anti-immigrant gadfly Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has made outreach to minorities part of his appeal, won’t go. His office says there is a scheduling conflict. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush also begged off. What to make of all this? (SNIP) He is no David Duke, but his distasteful and flamboyant attacks on illegal immigrants are well known. (SNIP) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie headlined a fundraiser for King and reportedly announced, “I will be a supporter...
  • Christie calls on Obama to demand Cuba return cop killer Joanne Chesimard

    12/21/2014 8:58:22 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 20 replies
    nj.com ^ | Erin O'Neill
    Gov. Chris Christie has called on President Barack Obama to demand that Cuba return a woman convicted of killing a New Jersey State Police officer in 1973 before the United States moves forward with a plan to restore diplomatic relations with the communist nation. The Republican governor wrote in a letter to Obama that he profoundly disagrees with the decision announced last week to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba, saying he does not share the view that taking that step "without a clear commitment from the Cuban government of the steps they will take to reverse decades of human rights...
  • If you had to choose: Jeb Bush or Chris Christie as nominee? (Allahpundit relishing the trolling)

    12/16/2014 1:12:52 PM PST · by C19fan · 93 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 16, 2014 | Allahpundit
    I asked this on Twitter and naturally 50 people instantly responded “SMOD.” Sorry, we’re not that lucky. With Jeb in the race, Christie very likely to get in, and Romney and Rubio now likely to pass, the field of loud-and-proud centrists appears to be set at two. And since the donor class loves centrists and the donor class tends to get its way in presidential primaries, that means one of these two guys is likely to be nominee. If it comes to that, whom do you prefer? And before you say “I’ll stay home,” let me note: (1) conservatives say...
  • Chris Christie sparks social media firestorm for sitting with Cowboys owner.....

    12/15/2014 7:30:29 AM PST · by southern rock · 25 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 12/15/2014 | Kevin Manahan
    Chris Christie sparks social media firestorm for sitting with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones during Eagles' loss(full title)New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Dallas Cowboys fan, sat with team owner Jerry Jones during the Dallas Cowboys' 38-27 victory over the Eagles on Sunday night — and the political lightning rod sparked a Twitter blaze.
  • College aid bill for undocumented immigrants clears committee

    12/13/2014 10:26:42 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies
    nj1015.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | Kevin McArdle
    The approval comes one year after Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law allowing certain undocumented immigrants to pay in-state college tuition rates. In 2013, Christie and Democratic leaders reached a compromise to remove a clause in the bill that also would have offered the same undocumented immigrants state aid to help pay for their higher education.“We have the opportunity to allow all children in this state now to go to college and to go to college in an affordable manner. It provides opportunity and it makes New Jersey the kind of place that all of us want to...
  • After 2 reports, no Christie link to bridge plot

    12/05/2014 9:56:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2014 7:48 PM EST | Geoff Mulvihill and Michael Catalini
    One report has been derided by critics of Gov. Chris Christie as a whitewash; his defenders see the other as a partisan smear-job against the governor. But both a new interim report for a legislative committee investigating the politically motivated lane closures last year near the George Washington Bridge and one commissioned by the governor’s office and released in March reach a similar conclusion: There is no evidence that Christie participated in the scheme or knew about it as it happened. They also share a shortcoming: Neither group of investigators had access to some witnesses who may be able to...
  • Christie’s billionaire booster: Home Depot founder Langone’s fundraising is powerful weapon

    12/04/2014 6:46:18 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies
    bergen record ^ | November 22, 2014 | MELISSA HAYES
    If Governor Christie does decide to run for president, he’s already locked up one of the most prolific fundraisers in Republican presidential politics.  Ken Langone, 79, is the billionaire founder of Home Depot whose willingness to back Christie for president not only creates the possibility of millions of dollars in donations but also the potential to block possible rivals by keeping them from adding this powerful ally.  “I’ll do everything I can do to help get him elected,” Langone said in a recent interview. “Whatever he asks me to do, I’ll do. I’m particularly good at fundraising, so I suspect...
  • Chris Christie Gives Appointments to Former Harry Reid, Rahm Emanuel Aides

    12/02/2014 1:42:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 2, 2014 | Shane Goldmacher
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced a pair of unusual appointments on Tuesday, adding two prominent Democrats to the governing body of Rutgers University, including a former chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Christie added both Susan McCue, Reid's former top aide, and Mark Angelson, a former deputy mayor in Chicago under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, to the Rutgers Board of Governors. Neither of them currently lives in New Jersey; both are graduates of the university. The McCue appointment is particularly intriguing as she worked for a super PAC that spent millions to try to keep New Jersey's...
  • Who Has the Magic Plan to Stop the New Jersey Exodus?

    11/29/2014 10:16:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/29/2014 | ROD KACKLEY
    New Jersey’s openly gay state assemblyman, who was called “numbnuts” [1] in 2012 by Gov. Chris Christie (R), thinks he can do what Christie has never been able to do, numb or not: get New Jerseyans to stay in New Jersey.Assemblyman Reed Gusciora’s (D) solution is astoundingly simple. He wants to offer state home and business owners the opportunity to slash their property taxes by 25 percent.The New Jersey Legislature would then be tasked with figuring out how to make up the difference through budget cuts.The best Christie has been able to offer is a cap on future property...
  • In controversial move, Chris Christie vetoes pig crate ban

    11/29/2014 2:56:06 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | Ashley Killough
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill Friday that would have banned crates that severely limit the mobility of pregnant pigs, a move that will win favor with Iowa farmers and spark more speculation about Christie's presidential aspirations but cause outrage among animal rights activists who pushed for the ban. Critics consider the small metal crates a form of animal cruelty -- the pigs aren't able to turn around in the limited space -- but advocates say they prevent sows from accidentally lying down or stepping on piglets. Despite its strong bipartisan support in the state legislature, the Republican...
  • Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie's 2016 prospects

    11/21/2014 1:43:24 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 34 replies
    The Week ^ | 11/21/2014 | Jon Terbush
    On immigration, the GOP primary will have little room for nuance Obama's announcement could affect 2016's probable candidates President Obama on thursday announced his much-anticipated executive action on immigration, and in doing so he lobbed a grenade squarely into the 2016 Republican primary race. ... Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush upset the rank and file earlier this year by calling for a compassionate aspproach to immigration. In April, he said undocumented workers who enter the country illegally do so as "an act of love" because they "are actually coming to this country to provide for their families." Then there's New...
  • The GOP Governors' 2016 Derby

    11/21/2014 1:42:36 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 1 replies
    Commentary ^ | 11/21/2014 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Chris Christie took a well-deserved victory lap this week at the annual meeting of the Republican Governor’s Association, basking in the glow of a midterm victory that capped off a highly successful year for him as chairman of the group. The New Jersey governor’s formidable fundraising skills played a significant role in the GOP’s victories around the country, including in blue states such as Maryland and Massachusetts. But, as Politico notes, Christie wasn’t getting much love, in terms of his 2016 prospects, from the candidates he helped. That’s not terribly surprising given the plethora of potential candidates, including a bevy...
  • Chris Christie's Pig Problem

    11/19/2014 8:09:56 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 11/12/2014 | Conor Friedersdorf
    In New Jersey, a moral drama is unfolding. Governor Chris Christie has presidential ambitions. He'd like to be as popular as possible with Republicans voters in important primary states like New Hampshire, Iowa, and South Carolina. He'd also like to do the right thing—or at least be seen as doing the right thing—when a piece of legislation crosses his desk, demanding a signature or veto. And those desires are now in conflict. There's an animal-welfare bill on his desk. Its premise is that slaughtering pigs to be consumed as carnitas or prosciutto or bacon or ham hocks is fine (if...
  • New Jersey Assembly Passes Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide, Gov. Christie Promises to Veto

    11/14/2014 3:49:21 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Life News ^ | November 14, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    The New Jersey Assembly today passed a bill to legalize assisted suicide and it will now send the measure to Governor Chris Christie, who has promised to veto it.After impassioned speeches on both sides of the debate, the New Jersey Assembly passed the bill on a 41-31 vote. Since the legislation already had the approval of the state Senate, it now heads to the governor.Just days after Brittany MaynardÂ’s assisted suicide launched a national debate on the ethics of the controversial practice, the New Jersey Assembly became the first state to attempt to join others which have approved it. Marie...
  • Tom Tancredo Targets Chris Christie With New PAC

    11/09/2014 12:04:13 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Greg Campbell
    Former two-term gubernatorial candidate and Congressman Tom Tancredo is forming a political action committee to “stop Chris Christie” from getting the GOP nod for president in 2016. (SNIP) “I have never liked the guy… [B]ecause he was concerned that I would, in fact, go against the [United States] Chamber of Commerce position on immigration and make it a big deal, and I might win, he chose to … spend a quarter of a million dollars of Republican money…to attack me, here, in Colorado. And launder the money through Attorneys General Association.”
  • California issues quarantine policy for Ebola exposure

    10/29/2014 2:25:35 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 23 replies
    Los Angeles times ^ | Oct 29 2014 | J serna
    Anyone arriving in California from an Ebola-affected area and who has had personal contact with a person infected with the deadly virus will be quarantined for 21 days, according to an order issued Wednesday by the state's public health director. The order provides a more nuanced set of guidelines to assess the risk associated with people returning from regions afflicted by an Ebola outbreak -- currently Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea -- than the controversial blanket quarantines in New Jersey, New York and Maine.
  • Who should or shouldn't be quarantined? (i.e., concerning Chris Christie's NJ quarantine rules)

    10/29/2014 8:12:13 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 23 replies
    10/29/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Even though Amber Vinson has been declared Ebola-free, and has left Emory University Hospital, if this nation is to quarantine those (be they symptomatic or asymptomatic) who came into contact with someone like Thomas Duncan, then should those who have come into contact with Amber Vinson (be it on day 1 to the day she left the hospital) be quarantined? If Kaci Hickox is "obviously ill," per Chris Christie, then she would obviously be symptomatic according to Chris Christie. If she is symptomatic, then Chris Christie would not only have to quarantine her, but anyone who came into contact with...
  • Is Chris Christie trying to tank Scott Walker’s reelection bid?

    10/28/2014 9:34:31 AM PDT · by Bratch · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 28, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Maybe a better question is, “Do Scott Walker’s allies want Republicans to think Chris Christie’s trying to tank his reelection bid?”Christie’s the head of the Republican Governors Association this year, which serves the same purpose for GOP governors as the NRSC and NRCC do for Senate and House candidates. He barnstorms the country, raises tons of money for the RGA, and then the RGA distributes that money to Republican governors who are stuck in tight races with Democrats. Walker’s race is as tight as it gets, much tighter than anyone expected: He’s just 0.2 points ahead of Democrat Mary Burke right now...
  • Obama Crushes State Ebola Quarantines

    10/28/2014 9:02:17 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 10-27-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Okay. So let me see if I understand this. The states want to set up their own Ebola quarantines. Why would they want to do that? That's because they don't trust the federal government's quarantine protocols, right? That means they don't trust the CDC. That means they don't trust Obama, the Ebola czar, who has yet to make an appearance. They had a 27-member meeting, though, they had an Ebola meeting with 27 people, problem solved. So one week before the election we have here a bunch of states that are deciding to do their own quarantines, and the...
  • NYT: White House Pressures States to Reverse Mandatory Ebola Quarantine Orders (Hickox to sue)

    10/26/2014 11:44:56 AM PDT · by maggief · 70 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 26, 2014 | MARC SANTORA and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    The Obama administration has been pushing the governors of New York and New Jersey to reverse their decision ordering all medical workers returning from West Africa who had contact with Ebola patients to be quarantined, an administration official said. But on Sunday both governors, Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey, stood by their decision saying that the federal guidelines did not go far enough. At the same time, the first person to be forced into isolation under the new protocols, Kaci Hickox, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, planned to mount a legal challenge...
  • New Jersey Releases Nurse Quarantined for Suspected Ebola [Christie Reverses Course]

    10/27/2014 7:27:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/27/2014
    The nurse forcibly quarantined in New Jersey after she came home from treating Ebola patients in West Africa will be released Monday, state officials said. Kaci Hickox has been held against her will in a tent outside a New Jersey medical center since she was taken off a flight, flushed and distraught, Friday. Hickox has hired a lawyer and spoken out publicly against her quarantine. “Since testing negative for Ebola on early Saturday morning, the patient being monitored in isolation at University Hospital in Newark has thankfully been symptom free for the last 24 hours,” New Jersey health department officials...
  • NYT: Nurse in Newark to Be Allowed to Finish Ebola Quarantine at Home, Christie Says

    10/27/2014 6:50:46 AM PDT · by maggief · 62 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 27, 2014 | MICHAEL BARBARO and MARC SANTORA
    A nurse who recently returned from West Africa and was quarantined for the past three days in a tent behind a New Jersey hospital despite having no symptoms associated with Ebola will be allowed to return home to serve out the rest of her mandatory quarantine. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, in a brief interview, said that he expected her to be transferred Monday morning after doctors and federal officials signed off on the plan. The treatment of the nurse, Kaci Hickox, has drawn withering criticism from both public health officials and the nurse herself. Ms. Hickox lives in...
  • White House Presses States to Reverse Ebola Quarantine

    10/26/2014 12:53:26 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 103 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 26, 2014 | MARC SANTORA and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    The Obama administration has been pushing the governors of New York and New Jersey to reverse their decision ordering all medical workers returning from West Africa who had contact with Ebola patients to be quarantined, an administration official said. But on Sunday both governors, Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey, stood by their decision, saying that the federal guidelines did not go far enough. At the same time, the first person to be forced into isolation under the new protocols, Kaci Hickox, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, planned to mount a legal challenge...