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  • 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...
  • New York, New Jersey Set Up Mandatory Quarantine Requirement Amid Ebola Threat

    10/24/2014 2:54:05 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 27 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 10/24/2014 | None credited
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — In the wake of the first confirmed Ebola virus case in New York City, the states of New York and New Jersey have set up a new screening system that goes above and beyond the guidelines already set up by federal officials. [SNIP] “We believe it’s appropriate to increase the current screening procedures from people coming from affected countries from the current (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention screening procedures),” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday afternoon. “We believe it within the State of New York and the State of New Jersey’s legal rights.” Under the new...
  • Chris Christie: Don’t fuel Ebola ‘hysteria’

    10/23/2014 5:40:44 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 68 replies
    The Politico ^ | 10-23-14 | JONATHAN TOPAZ
    "New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is urging calm on Ebola, warning elected officials against “stoking hysteria” about the virus."
  • Christie Will Speak, Not Shoot, at Iowa Pheasant Hunt

    10/16/2014 4:08:57 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    <p>New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will speak at U.S. Rep. Steve King’s annual pheasant hunt in Iowa this month — but he won’t be shooting game himself.</p> <p>Ann Trimble-Ray, an advisor to the King reelection campaign, said Christie will be present at a fundraising luncheon in Iowa on Saturday, but he won’t be hunting because he’s on a campaign swing visiting other candidates.</p>
  • Scarborough: 'Off the Air, Nobody Thinks Christie Can Win'

    10/14/2014 4:49:57 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Chris Christie might have millions of admirers across the country, people who love the Jersey governor's blunt style. But among the Republican media and political elites who populate Morning Joe, Christie's a no-hoper. That's what Joe Scarborough divulged on today's Morning Joe. Said Scarborough: "off the air in Republican circles . . . nobody thinks Christie can win." View the video here.
  • Clinton, Christie lend clout to Pennsylvania race

    10/09/2014 5:42:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 9, 2014 8:23 PM EDT | Marc Levy and Ken Thomas
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made dueling pitches Thursday in Pennsylvania’s race for governor, appealing to voters in a state that could factor into potential 2016 presidential campaigns. Clinton implored Pennsylvania Democrats to back Tom Wolf’s gubernatorial campaign in large numbers, warning against complacency despite his large lead in the polls against Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. “You never know what can happen in an election,” she said. […] The governor’s race served as a backdrop for Clinton and Christie, who secured exposure in a state likely to be an important trophy in...
  • Chris Christie lays the groundwork for a 2016 presidential run

    10/09/2014 6:57:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 8, 2014 | George Will
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could be forgiven if he had chips on both shoulders as big as those shoulders. This year, the first of his second term, has been overshadowed by often partisan investigations, more protracted than productive, of the involvement of several of his former aides — he fired them — in the closing of some access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.
  • Ted Cruz says Chris Christie would be 'another Rudy Giuliani' in 2016, report says

    10/08/2014 1:18:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | October 8, 2014 | Claude Brodesser-Akner
    Despite calls by party leaders for would-be presidential candidates keep the gloves on, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is privately disparaging Chris Christie as the “Rudy Giuliani of this cycle,” to donors, according to a new Politico report that suggests a particularly nasty fight among GOP candidates is brewing even before the start of the 2016 campaign season. The report, quoting multiple sources, noted that Cruz is making the comparison to potential donors as he tries to expand his appeal beyond conservative Tea Partiers and access the easy campaign cash the flows most readily to those candidates with the highest...
  • Christie, Obama approval ratings drop in New Jersey

    10/03/2014 5:34:41 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 5 replies
    Gov. Christie's job approval rating dropped to 46 percent among New Jersey voters, one of his lowest, in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. At the same time, President Obama's approval rating hit an all-time low in New Jersey of 41 percent among registered voters, according to a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll also released Wednesday.
  • [Lindsey] Graham floats 2016 White House bid

    10/03/2014 10:41:34 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/3/2014 (10:29 am) | Ben Kamisar
    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) says he could be a presidential candidate in 2016. The outspoken two-term Senator, known as a foreign policy hawk, told the Weekly Standard that if the hawks aren't well-represented when the 2016 fields begin to solidify, he might throw his hat into the ring. ... When the Weekly Standard's Stephen F. Hayes asked Graham if he'd back a run by Sen. Marco Rubio, he took a shot at the Florida Republican whom he worked with on the Senate immigration bill. "He's a good guy, but after doing immigration with him - we don't need...
  • Why We’re Talking About Mitt Romney

    09/26/2014 2:02:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 25, 2014 | Ross Douthat
    I’ve been mostly ignoring the various “Romney 2016!” trial balloons floated by various parties over the last six months or so (including by some of my dear friends, alas), but now that someone as sober and well-informed as Byron York has weighed in with a “this could happen” column, it’s worth saying something about why the possibility keeps coming up. Part of the answer can be found in Henry Olsen’s helpful analysis, from earlier this year, of how exactly Republican presidential primaries tend to shake out. Olsen offered a four-group typology of G.O.P. primary voters — secular conservatives, religious conservatives,...
  • The View‘s Alleged Republican Endorses ‘Progressive’ Chris Christie

    09/23/2014 1:24:13 PM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 23, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    The View’s alleged Republican, Nicolle Wallace, probably thinks she did NJ Gov. Chris Christie a favor when she endorsed him today. Wallace, who has been a perennial Palin basher since she worked on the ill-fated McCain-Palin campaign in 2008, described Christie as “progressive.”
  • After 9 Months, Federal Probe of GWB Closure Finds No Link to Christie, Federal Sources Say

    09/18/2014 6:43:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 • Updated at 8:31 PM EDT | Jonathan Dienst, Joe Valiquette and Pete Williams
    The U.S. Justice Department investigation into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s role in “Bridgegate” has thus far uncovered no information he either knew in advance or directed the closure of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge, federal officials tell NBC 4 New York. The September 2013 closures—where several entrance lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Ft. Lee were shut down causing a traffic nightmare for commuters—has been the subject of several federal and state investigations. […] According to one former federal prosecutor, who had no involvement in any of the probes into the bridge closure, investigations of this...
  • NJ Gov. Christie helping Tillis in NC Senate race

    09/17/2014 7:09:45 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis is getting help from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as part of Christie's multiple-stop swing through the Carolinas to raise money and meet voters. Christie and Tillis were slated to hold a meet-and-greet Tuesday morning in Wilmington before holding a private fundraiser for Tillis' campaign. Christie will head on to South Carolina for several fundraisers on behalf of incumbent Gov. Nikki Haley, who is seeking re-election this fall.
  • Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Christie to be there when Jersey City opens prisoner re-entry center

    09/11/2014 3:33:51 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | September 11, 2014
    Jersey City will mark a new chapter in its pursuit of reintegrating ex-convicts when distinguished federal and state officials join Mayor Steve Fulop for the grand opening of a prisoner re-entry center next week. Martin's Place, located at 398 Martin Luther King Dr., will open its doors with a special ceremony Monday from 10 a.m. to noon, as U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be on hand.
  • With S&P downgrade, New Jersey now second-lowest rated state

    09/10/2014 10:35:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 10, 2014 | Hilary Russ and Kanika Sikka
    Standard & Poor's Ratings Services cut New Jersey's credit rating one notch to A on Wednesday because of concerns about budgetary pressure from the state's underfunded public pension system. The action makes New Jersey the second-lowest rated U.S. state for S&P, behind only Illinois, rated A-minus with a negative outlook. S&P also rates California A, but that state's outlook is positive. It was the eight consecutive downgrade for New Jersey, but S&P's action contained a silver lining: the rating agency removed a warning of possible further downgrades in the near term and revised its outlook to stable from negative.
  • Christie: Casinos, Tracks Can Offer Sports Betting

    09/09/2014 6:38:02 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 9, 2014 | Wayne Parry
    Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration issued a directive Monday allowing the state's casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting, a move likely to be challenged in court by sports leagues. The governor said he took his cue from previous federal court rulings that found that nothing in New Jersey law prohibits the casinos and horse racing tracks from offering sports betting, so long as it's not sponsored or licensed by the state. Soon afterward, one racetrack, Monmouth Park in Oceanport, said it was preparing to offer sports bets "in the very, very near future."
  • Year after lanes closed, Christie back to normal (NY/NJ “bridgegate”)

    09/07/2014 2:54:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 7, 2014 2:19 PM EDT | Jill Colvin
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appears to have largely moved past the lane-closing scandal that rocked his administration and threatened to derail his political career one year later. But many outside his tight inner circle are still waiting for investigations to conclude before making up their minds. What happens next will depend largely on the outcome of the investigation by the U.S. Attorney in New Jersey into the lane realignments that started a year ago Tuesday on the George Washington Bridge and were apparently hatched by the Republican governor’s aides as political payback. That includes how close they cut to...
  • Christie tests overseas diplomacy with Mexico trip

    09/03/2014 10:34:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 3, 2014 8:06 PM EDT | Jill Colvin
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stepped out on the international stage Wednesday to talk trade with Mexico, but he stayed mum on one of the most pressing questions confronting the two countries and his party: immigration reform. On a trip designed to help school him in foreign policy and court Hispanic voters should he seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, Christie stuck to economic issues and spoke of a “North American energy renaďssance” in which the U.S., Mexico and Canada ramp up investments and do away with “foolish” regulations. […] But there was no acknowledgement of the need for...
  • Chris Christie Defends Cops: "Not Right To Generalize Race Problem"

    08/19/2014 3:36:31 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 19, 2014 | Charles Spiering
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pushed back against the idea that police officers had a problem with race when executing their duties as law enforcement officials.
  • Chris Christie stumps for Neel Kashkari in San Francisco (Christie ignores Astorino)

    08/17/2014 7:51:22 PM PDT · by Sun · 19 replies
    Mercury News ^ | June 2014 | Josh Richman
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari.... (snip) in town to raise money as chairman of the Republican Governors Association ,," "Kashkari riled the GOP when he admitted he had voted for Obama in 2008, ..(snip)
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry indicted by Democrats [Dem M.O as with Gov Walker Gov. Christie]

    08/17/2014 6:12:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 16, 2014 | Rick Moran
    From the film "All the President's Men": Deep Throat: The people behind all of this were frightened of Muskey and that's what got him destroyed. They wanted to run against McGovern. Look who they're running against. The bugged offices, they followed people, false press leaks, passed fake letters... they canceled Democratic campaign rallies, they investigated Democratic private lives, they planted spies, they stole documents... and now don't tell me that all of this was the work of one Donald Segretti. The source was talking about the Republican party of Richard Nixon. Yesterday, the third major candidate for the GOP presidential...
  • Christie ‘thinking about’ 2016 bid

    08/15/2014 11:11:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 15, 2014, 01:26 pm | Jesse Byrnes
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told an Ocean City, Md., town hall Thursday that he was considering running for president in 2016. “I’m thinking about it,” Christie said in response to a question from a local supporter, according to The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J. “It is an enormous decision to make not only for me, but my family,” Christie said, according to the newspaper, saying he would make his decision “probably by the end of this year or the beginning of next.” …
  • Reveille for Revel: State capitalism, Jersey-style, goes bust.

    08/13/2014 5:23:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 13, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Politicians often are very shrewd investors — with their own money. If Al Gore wanted to move his money around in cash, he’d need a fleet of forklifts. But they’re rotten investors with your money. President Barack Obama had his Solyndra, and New Jersey governor Chris Christie has his casino, Revel, the multibillion-dollar Atlantic City boondoggle that, having declared bankruptcy — twice — just announced that it will be closing its doors and putting its 3,100 employees out of work.
  • Christie vetoes bill aiming to ban fracking waste in N.J.

    08/08/2014 9:39:04 PM PDT · by MikeNJ · 3 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | August 08, 2014 | Brent Johnson
    TRENTON — For the second time in two years, Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have banned the dumping of fracking waste in New Jersey. Environmentalists and lawmakers from both parties had championed the measure, which would have prohibited companies from treating, discharging, disposing, and storing waste from hydraulic fracturing — the controversial practice of pumping water, sand, and chemicals deep underground to harvest natural gas. Though an increase in fracking in recent years has caused U.S. energy production to spike, critics worry that the practice could pollute drinking water supplies. And while fracking doesn't happen in...
  • Poll: Christie trails Clinton in New Jersey

    08/06/2014 7:02:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    AP ^ | August 6, 2014 | Staff
    Gov. Chris Christie trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton among New Jersey voters surveyed in a poll about the 2016 presidential race. The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows Clinton leading the Republican governor 50 to 42 percent. Both are considering 2016 runs but haven't committed.
  • 2016 Just May Be the GOP Base’s Year (Yuck! Huckabee v Christie)

    08/04/2014 10:20:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | August 8, 2014 | Lloyd Green
    Judging by the early numbers, the 2016 Republican presidential primaries will be another class and culture war, pitting the GOP’s Sam’s Club base against the Republican country club elite. Think tea party vs. garden party. The fissures of education, income, region, and religion that took their collective toll on Mitt Romney will again weigh heavily on the battle for the Republican nomination. Age also looms as a wildcard, with a generational divide further shaping the contours of the contest. With few exceptions, the Republican establishment prevails over its base. Yet, 2016 may be different, as the GOP becomes ever more...
  • Tancredo demands Christie, RGA ‘come clean’ about helping Beauprez through primary

    08/02/2014 5:51:23 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    kdvr.com ^ | Eli Stokols
    DENVER — Tom Tancredo isn’t trashing Bob Beauprez, but he’s demanding one of his biggest benefactors, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, come clean about the Republican Governors Association’s influence on Colorado’s GOP gubernatorial primary. On Monday, the Denver Post reported that a campaign finance watchdog group discovered that the RGA, which Christie chairs, funneled money to help Beauprez through the Republican Attorney Generals Association despite its public pledge not to attempt to influence GOP primaries. (SNIP) “We already have a situation in Mississippi where grassroots Republicans feel disenfranchised by party elites. We need to avoid a repeat in Colorado. “Governor...
  • The Coming Republican Takeover of... Illinois?

    07/30/2014 7:41:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    NRO ^ | 7-29-14 | Jim Geraghty
    How will President Obama feel when a Republican wins the governor’s race in his home state of Illinois? Gov. Pat Quinn is facing an increasingly uphill battle against Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, a new We Ask America poll shows. Rauner is now sitting on a 14-point lead in the poll that was conducted July 28, which is up from his 10-point lead he had in a June poll. Rauner’s boost can be attributed to his economic plan, which includes a state income tax reduction. A poll showed while people don’t believe Illinois can afford this plan, a majority say...
  • Christie refuses to campaign for NY GOP’s gubernatorial candidate

    07/24/2014 6:17:21 AM PDT · by topher · 16 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wed Jul 23, 2014 - 5:08 pm EST | Dustin Siggins
    The chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA) is refusing to campaign for the GOP's nominee for New York governor. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is heading the GOP's gubernatorial efforts across the nation, was campaigning in Connecticut when reporters asked him whether he would campaign on behalf of Rob Astorino in his race against sitting New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. According to Christie, the answer is a nearly-unqualified no.
  • Blue-State Disgrace

    07/23/2014 2:21:46 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    Slate ^ | Emily Bazelon
    Immigration is a complex problem. So is the long-term question of how the United States should handle the influx of tens of thousands of children from Central America. Beyond the legal mandates, we owe them basic human decency. On the other hand, to say that they should all simply stay here for good begs big questions about encouraging more children to make this journey, and the rights of all the people abroad who are waiting their turn in line. Unless you believe in open borders, it’s all thorny. What seems right for an individual child can seem wrong systemwide. But...
  • Christie doesn't plan to campaign for Astorino, says he doesn't 'invest in lost causes'

    GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) -- Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday he doesn't have plans to campaign for New York's Republican candidate for governor because he doesn't campaign for candidates he doesn't think can win. Christie was in Greenwich, Connecticut, to raise cash for GOP candidate Tom Foley when he was asked whether he planned to spend any time campaigning in New York, where Republican challenger Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, trails incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo by a large margin in public polls. "You know, I will spend time in places where we have a chance to...
  • 7/17: Iowa 2016: Rand Paul and Chris Christie Tossup with Hillary Clinton

    07/21/2014 10:39:38 PM PDT · by Plummz · 22 replies
    Marist College ^ | 7-17-2014 | Marist Poll
    Looking ahead to 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the odds on favorite against Vice President Joe Biden among Iowa Democrats for her party’s nomination. But, she would find a general election matchup against either Kentucky Senator Rand Paul or New Jersey Governor Chris Christie very competitive. Clinton edges former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and has an early lead over Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. There is a wide gender gap in these matchups. Although each of the potential Republican candidates has a more positive than negative rating with GOP...
  • Top Christie Aide Testifies She Deleted Bridge-Related Texts (GOP's Version Of IRS Scandal)

    07/18/2014 12:04:22 PM PDT · by TitansAFC · 44 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 7-17-2014 | Josh Dawsey
    A close aide to Gov. Chris Christie sent him text messages related to fallout from the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge and later deleted them, she told a legislative committee in Trenton on Thursday. Regina Egea, then the governor's liaison to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said the messages discussed testimony...
  • 'I Care About Being Respected' : Chris Christie Visits Iowa

    07/17/2014 7:50:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 24 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 17, 2014 | Kelly O'Donnell and Doug Adams
    Making his first trip to Iowa in more than 940 days, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declared, "I don't care about being loved. I care about being respected." "I tell them what I think and then everyone else will get to decide. They don't go in there and say, "Are you conservative enough? Are you liberal enough? Are you moderate enough?" That's not what people say, " he said. "They say, "Do I trust him? Can I count on him to tell me the truth? Is he somebody who can be a competent steward of our country's future?""
  • Christie: N.J. may consider housing kids from southern border influx

    07/17/2014 7:20:09 PM PDT · by Coleus · 84 replies
    CNN ^ | 7-17-2014
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blamed the Obama administration for the influx of immigrant children at the southern border, but didn't rule out the prospect of accepting children in New Jersey on a case-by-case basis. "I have great empathy for that situation, but frankly the administration has done an awful job in securing our border, and they need to do that," Christie told reporters in Marion, Iowa, where he campaigned for incumbent Gov. Terry Branstad. "I don't think ... it matters one bit what your Hispanic population is, as to whether or not you're going to offer help and assistance,"...
  • Chris Christie appoints ethics chief and ombudsman to administration

    07/17/2014 11:31:33 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 2 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 17 2014 | Jessica Glenza
    New Jersey governor Chris Christie appointed an ethics chief and ombudsman to his administration this week, before traveling to Iowa to headline a Republican Governors Association event that is being seen as an attempt to jump-start his stalled presidential ambitions. Speaking at the RGA event, an organization he leads, is considered Christie’s most public re-entry to the 2016 Republican presidential field since he faced questions about top advisers using lane closures on the George Washington bridge for apparent political payback. The ethics chief’s position grew out of the same scandal. Christie hired attorneys to investigate his own administration and the...
  • Christie jabs Obama: ObamaCare a 'failure'

    07/13/2014 6:26:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 12, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    In what could be the latest move toward a 2016 presidential bid, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) offered a wide-ranging critique of President Obama’s domestic and foreign policies. Speaking to reporters at the National Governors Association on Saturday, Christie labeled Obamacare, the administration’s signature legislation, a “failure on a whole number of levels” and said it should be repealed. “But has to be repeal and replace with what. It can’t just be about repeal,” Christie told the audience. “What I’ve said before is, what Republicans need to be doing is putting forth alternatives for what should be a better...