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  • Chris Christie’s Faking It on Gun Rights

    07/10/2014 11:15:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 10, 2014 | Olivia Nuzzi
    Twenty years before he killed a cap on magazine rounds, the Republican entered politics explicitly to fight for an assault-weapons ban and bullet limit. A gun control bill landed on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s desk on July 2, the same day that two parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, took to the Trenton State House to try to convince him to sign it. When Christie vetoed the bill instead—not even blinking at the pleas from the victims’ families—he sent a message to conservatives and gun-rights groups that he is still a...
  • Joe Scarborough slams Chris Christie on guns

    07/08/2014 5:53:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 8, 2014 | Jonathan Topaz
    Joe Scarborough on Tuesday slammed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s refusal to meet with the parents of the Sandy Hook shooting, calling his defense one of the “stupidest arguments” he’s ever heard. The Republican governor declined to meet with the families of children who were killed in the December 2012 shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, who wanted to discuss gun control legislation. Christie last week vetoed a state bill that would have banned ammunition magazines that held more than ten rounds. The governor said that it would have been “really hypocritical” to meet with the families who wanted...
  • Christie presidential rumblings have NJ politicos thinking about life after governor

    06/29/2014 7:04:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Times of Trenton ^ | June 29, 2014 | Matt Arco
    TRENTON — Democratic state Senate President Stephen Sweeney has been traveling all over the state, pitching his "Sandy Bill of Rights" bill — a tour many see as laying the groundwork for a run for governor. Republican lawmakers who never dared challenge Gov. Chris Christie this month openly opposed a series of tax and fee hikes in his budget, including a tax on e-cigarettes first proposed by the governor. Nobody knows if the Republican governor will prepare a White House run in the next year. But already, lawmakers from both parties have been staking claims and thinking of a post-Christie...
  • No, Jeb Bush won’t be president

    05/01/2014 1:29:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | April 30, 2014 | Joy-Ann Reid
    For Jeb Bush, who I believe really wants to be president, the theory of the case has always been this: At some point, his party, the Republicans, will break from the tea party. The angry fever that overtook the party when Barack Obama’s election produced its intended result: a universal healthcare bill, would break. And the movement, born on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to slag underwater homeowners, and harnessed by the GOP to break the spell of bipartisanship Obama rode into town on, would have so consumed the party base, that cooler heads within the party would...
  • CD3 GOP Primary: Lonegan Campaign would welcome Palin support (NEW JERSEY?!?)

    04/30/2014 3:24:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    PolitickerNJ ^ | April 30, 2014 | Max Pizarro
    On the same week that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin doubled down on waterboarding remarks she made, the campaign of CD3 GOP Primary candidate Steve Lonegan said it would welcome Palin in to campaign with the movement conservative candidate. “Darn right I’d do whatever it takes to foil [terrorists’] murderous jihadist plots – including waterboarding,” Palin, a Republican, wrote in a Facebook post Monday night, following up on controversial comments made last weekend at the annual National Rifle Association meeting in Indianapolis. “Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we’d baptize terrorists,” Palin told...
  • Christie to GOP: Reform Drug Sentencing and Be ‘Pro-Life After They Get Out of the Womb’

    04/17/2014 8:37:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 17, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivered a message to his fellow members of the Republican Party on Thursday: being pro-life means reforming America’s drug laws and criminal sentencing procedures. Christie has long advocated for drug treatment programs as a means of reforming the country’s prison system, but Christie took a new tactic on Thursday when he framed that advocacy as a pro-life argument. “I’m pro-life, and I believe strongly in the sanctity of life,” Christie told an audience in Jersey City on Thursday. Addressing his fellow Republican governors, Christie said that “it’s great to be pro-life, but you need to...
  • Ted Cruz vs. Rand Paul: A GOP road to nowhere

    03/18/2014 1:37:04 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | March 17, 2014 | Julian Zelizer
    Editor's note: Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of "Jimmy Carter" and "Governing America." (CNN) -- ...The weaknesses of both men—Cruz in terms of his style and Paul in terms of his rhetoric—point out how desperate the GOP is to find someone who can build a broad coalition, something that is essential for a presidential victory, particularly when Republicans will likely be facing a formidable candidate. The problems of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have been a huge blow to the party, and there are not many alternatives at...
  • 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...
  • A super-early look at the 2016 N.H. GOP presidential primary

    02/27/2014 3:12:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Concord Monitor ^ | February 26, 2014
    Who’s likely to do well in New Hampshire’s 2016 first-in-the-nation presidential primary? It’s a preposterous question, here in 2014, but what the heck? We asked six experts to weigh in on some of the biggest political players. Our analysts are Wayne Lesperance, political science professor at New England College; Phil Boynton, president of the University of New Hampshire College Republicans; Peter Burling, Democratic national committeeman; Dante Scala, professor of political science at UNH; Jess Steever, vice president of the Plymouth State University Democrats; and Brandon Lemay, public relations officer for the PSU Democrats. Today, our panelists consider the Republicans. Tomorrow,...
  • 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...
  • Trump says weighing run for America's top job, Christie hurt

    01/21/2014 5:02:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | January 21, 2014 | Richard Valdmanis
    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Outspoken real estate magnate Donald Trump said on Tuesday he may seek the Republican presidential nomination for 2016, adding that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's prospects for a White House run have dimmed since a scandal erupted. A run for the presidency "is something I would certainly look at," Trump told Reuters. "You know why? I'm unhappy with the way things are going in America." Trump gave the telephone interview before making a breakfast speech at the "Politics & Eggs" forum at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire - an event that tends to...
  • Republicans In Total Panic as Christie Falls 8 Points Behind Hillary Clinton (Are you worried?)

    01/21/2014 2:58:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 122 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | January 21, 2014 | Jason Easley
    The Republican Party put all of their 2016 eggs in the Christie basket. Now the basket has George Washington Bridge size hole, Hillary Clinton has opened up an 8 point lead and Republicans are panicking. The first whiff of GOP panic came from a recent New York Times story, Of all the new realities that Mr. Christie must confront, perhaps the most humbling is a sense of losing the momentum that surrounded him just a few months ago. Last year, the governor’s staff had begun building up his foreign policy bona fides, quietly reaching out to Brian H. Hook, a...
  • Joan Walsh: Forget 2016, Chris Christie may not even be governor much longer

    01/11/2014 7:25:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Salon ^ | January 9, 2014 | Joan Walsh, editor-at-large
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie strode to the microphones in Trenton Wednesday night and took an hour of reporters’ tough questions about a plot by staffers to punish Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor by snarling his city’s traffic for four days. Penitent, occasionally defiant, Christie insisted he didn’t know about the scheme. But he said he took full responsibility for the scandal, apologized to the citizens of Fort Lee and promised to get to the bottom of what happened. Oh wait. That’s not what Christie did at all. The famously fearless governor canceled his one public appearance of the day, ignored...
  • Democratic Ambulance Chaser Files Class Action Lawsuit over Traffic Jam (Krispie's Bridgegate)

    01/10/2014 4:00:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | January 10, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Democratic Party donor Rosemarie Arnold boasts that she’s the “Queen of Torts” based on a history of filing suits like a $30 million dollar dog bite lawsuit. Other attorneys don’t seem to think too highly of the Queen of Torts and her tactics. Which brings us back to Rosemarie Arnold and her claim on behalf of the child that he suffered a $30M injury to his ear. There are only two reasons for Ms. Arnold to do this: 1. The Queen of Torts is actually ignorant of the law; or 2. Rosmarie Arnold willfully elected to ignore the law, in...
  • The first big-name Republican to attack Christie over Bridgegate is … Lindsey Graham?

    01/09/2014 5:28:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 9, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Perfectly rational in one sense, deeply surprising in another. And not just for the obvious “RINO versus RINO” reasons. How the heck did Rand Paul lose the “bash Christie” sweepstakes to Lindsey Graham? “It seems to me that this whole bridge thing reinforces a narrative that’s troublesome about the guy, he’s kind of a bully,” Graham told NBC News on Thursday on Capitol Hill, referring to the scandal over land closures on the George Washington Bridge that’s engulfed Christie over the past two days… “If anybody in my office had done such a thing, they knew what their fate would...
  • Peter King Says He May Run for President to Save the GOP from Cruz and Paul

    12/31/2013 2:57:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | December 24, 2013 | Bridget Johnson
    Former Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said he’s still pondering a run for the White House because he doesn’t want Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) define the GOP. King, who’s made five trips up to early primary state New Hampshire and admitted in July that he’s toying with the idea of a presidential campaign, told MSNBC he hasn’t made up his mind yet and his decision should come “sometime next year, either next year or the beginning of 2015.” “Again, I’ve been up there five times. I am looking at it. People are talking...
  • Christie’s tea-party problem (Mind-numbingly wrong)

    12/15/2013 2:50:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 11, 2013 | Richard Cohen
    The day after Chris Christie, the cuddly moderate conservative, won a landslide reelection as the Republican governor of Democratic New Jersey, I took the Internet Express out to Iowa, surveying its various newspapers, blogs and such to see how he might do in the GOP caucuses, won last time by Rick Santorum, neither cuddly nor moderate. Superstorm Sandy put Christie on the map. The winter snows of Iowa could bury him. From a Web site called the Iowa Republican, I learned that part of the problem with John McCain and Mitt Romney, seriatim losers to Barack Obama, “is they were...
  • Why a Mike Huckabee presidential run is Chris Christie's worst nightmare

    12/13/2013 1:36:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Week ^ | December 13, 2013 | Jon Terbush, Boston-based columnist
    Mike Huckabee sat out the 2012 election, but he may be game in 2016. The former Arkansas governor — who won the 2008 Iowa caucuses and emerged as the strongest challenger to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the race to capture the GOP nomination — ended his daily radio show Thursday and said he was considering another run at the White House. "I'm keeping the door open," he told the New York Times. "I think right now the focus needs to be on 2014, but I'm mindful of the fact that there's a real opportunity for me." Huckabee hasn't been...
  • Christie has tested and trusted team ready if he runs for White House

    12/02/2013 10:43:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Bergen Record ^ | December 2, 2013 | Melissa Hayes and John Reitmeyer
    One is a trusted friend, with decades of national campaign experience. Another is a media consultant who worked on six of the last seven presidential races. Then there’s a trio of strategy and communications experts who have been together since George W. Bush’s 2004 run for the White House. What they have in common are deep-seated relationships with Governor Christie and connections that reach across the country. They form the nucleus of a political team so tight and loyal to the governor, that it’s difficult to get them to talk about anything – even their success in helping him win...
  • 5 Reasons Sarah Palin Not Supporting Chris Christie

    11/14/2013 1:20:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    New Jersey Newsroom ^ | November 13, 2013 | Bob Holt
    Former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin took time out from her book tour to offer her thoughts on the 2016 presidential election. Governor Chris Christie is considered the Republican frontrunner in some circles, but Palin isn’t in his corner. She says the Party doesn’t have to “settle” for any particular candidate. Palin said in a Fox News interview, according to Politico, “We certainly don’t have to settle for any candidate that would go along with an agenda that stifles our economy and would strip any of our freedoms that are constitutionally protected.” Also, in an interview with...
  • Honest: Would You Rather Win with Chris Christie or Lose with Ted Cruz?

    11/12/2013 5:18:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 147 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | November 12, 2013 | Bernard Goldberg
    Those sophisticates at Time magazine made a funny. They put Chris Christie on their cover with the headline, "The Elephant in the Room." Get it? Elephant. Christie. Time magazine did a junior high fat joke right there on its cover. Time's executive editor Michael Duffy explained the cheap shot this way: "Well, he's obviously a big guy. He's obviously a big Republican. But he's also done a really huge thing here this week." The "huge thing" wasn't only winning re-election as New Jersey's governor, but doing it by appealing to a broad range of voters in a very blue state...
  • Sarah Palin on Chris Christie: No need to settle

    11/12/2013 3:30:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 12, 2013 | Lucy McCalmont
    Sarah Palin continues to withhold resounding support for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in 2016, saying Republicans don’t have to “settle” for candidates. “We certainly though don’t have to settle for any candidate, any politician that would go along to get along with an agenda that stifles our economy and would strip any of our freedoms that are constitutionally protected,” Palin said Monday on Fox News’s “Hannity,” when asked about the GOP establishment saying Christie is the only Republican candidate who could win the presidency in 2016. Palin said “those establishment people have been quite wrong, it seems, especially in...
  • Dems: Christie can be beaten

    11/11/2013 5:26:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | November 11, 2013 | Niall Stanage
    Democrats insist they can thwart Chris Christie (R) if he seeks the White House in 2016, despite the broad appeal he showed in winning reelection last week. Even though the New Jersey governor secured more than 60 percent of the votes against state Sen. Barbara Buono (D), Democratic strategists in the Garden State and beyond believe he has vulnerabilities they could exploit in a national election. Above all, they assert that Christie’s famously combative style could result in a loss of self-control during the heat of a presidential campaign. Steve Elmendorf, who served as deputy campaign manager for then-Sen. John...
  • Rick Perry Ask the Right Question About Christie’s Appeal to Conservatives

    11/10/2013 6:28:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | November 10, 2013 | Rick Moran
    Governor Rick Perry was in Iowa this weekend and during an interview on ABC’s This Week, he raised the $64,000 question about a potential Chris Christie presidential candidacy: Gov. Rick Perry of Texas credited Chris Christie for his re-election in New Jersey, but he pointedly questioned whether the 22-point victory by Christie held any greater meaning for the Republican Party. “Is a conservative in New Jersey a conservative in the rest of the country?” Perry said in an interview with “This Week.” “We’ll have that discussion at the appropriate time.” As he made his first visit back to Iowa since...
  • Chris Christie, my favorite Republican. . . for now (Should one write if they can't spell?)

    11/09/2013 5:52:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Examiner ^ | November 9, 2013 | Russell Allyn, LA Progressive Examiner
    It is no wonder that with Christie’s 22.5 point reelection victory in the New Jersey governor’s race on Tuesday the national press has christened him a star. Other than Christie, there is not one political adult being mentioned as a serious candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential primaries. Rand Paul values property rights over civil rights, which should be reversed. Ted Cruz wants to close the federal government and seal the boarder from immigrants, which is odd for a Canadian. And Rick Santorum. Enough said. Truth be told, the GOP has not fielded many attractive candidates of late. ---snip--- Here...
  • When moderates fight back: GOP civil war could be brutal in 2014 elections

    11/07/2013 5:08:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | November 7, 2013 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There's a fight brewing and it could get ugly. In one corner is the Republican Party. And in the other ... the Republican Party. The stakes could not be higher. The GOP has failed to get a majority of Americans to vote for its presidential candidates in five of the last six elections. And Tuesday night's gubernatorial races -- a win in New Jersey and loss in Virginia -- sent confusing signals, at best, about where the party is headed. The fight spilled out into the open in a race for Alabama's 1st Congressional District, with two Republicans the face...
  • After Tuesday, it's time for the tea party to leave (Don't they wish?!)

    11/07/2013 1:38:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Star Ledger ^ | November 7, 2013 | Paul Mulshine
    A lot of people are pronouncing the tea party movement dead after Tuesday’s election results. Goodbye and good riddance. The tea party movement was fun for a while. But before long it was taken over by know-it-alls and knuckleheads. If you doubt that, consider all of those partiers who like to say that the "tea" in "tea party" stands for "Taxed Enough Already." This is what is known as a "backronym." A backronym is formed when someone takes a perfectly good English word and tries to treat it as if it were an acronym. Every time I mention the slang...
  • With big win, Christie set to wield power on national stage (New chairman Nat'l GOP governors)

    11/06/2013 2:36:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Cranford Chronicle ^ | November 6, 2013 | Jenna Portnoy
    A big win in a big blue state — there are few things that make sweeter music for the fractured Republican Party these days. But many political observers say there is even more to what happened tonight than that. Last year, Chris Christie was elected chairman of the Republican Governors Association and he officially takes over that post in Arizona in 15 days. It’s a position with a high national profile, money to spread around and a bully pulpit. So, in way, Christie’s power just doubled. Friends of Christie and people who have watched him in action the past year...
  • A Christie victory could transform national Republican Party (RINOs and CINOs unite!)

    11/05/2013 2:41:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 4, 2013 | Seth McLaughlin
    Move to the right or try to pull the GOP away from the tea party and toward the center? That is the question Gov. Chris Christie will face if he trounces his way to victory Tuesday in New Jersey’s gubernatorial race and turns his attention to the prospect of a 2016 presidential bid. Some Republicans watching the final stages of the governor’s race say a decisive Christie win will send a message to the national party that the GOP can triumph without catering to the far right. Polls show Mr. Christie, who opposed the partial federal government shutdown last month,...
  • The Ghost of Mitt Romney Returns

    11/03/2013 2:44:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Atlantic Wire ^ | November 3, 2013 | Connor Simpson
    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney returned to the Sunday shows almost exactly one year since he lost the election to Barack Obama, only to attack the President and call his second term into question. The former Republican politician wasted no time attacking the President over his rocky Obamacare roll out during his appearance on NBC's Meet the Press. "The president failed to learn the lessons that came from the experience in Massachusetts," Romney said, repeating that he thinks a state-by-state healthcare plan would work better. Romney then launched into a greater attack on the President's "you can keep your...
  • At Least One Voter Thought Chris Christie Was Too Fat: Mitt Romney

    11/01/2013 10:37:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Atlantic Wire ^ | November 2, 2013 | Philip Bump
    According to excerpts from the book Double Down, Mitt Romney seriously considered choosing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as his 2012 running mate. But he didn't, in part because Christie is overweight. Cool leadership, Mitt. The Washington Post got an early copy of the book, and notes several not-very-subtle ways in which the Romney camp made an issue of Christie's weight. For example, according to the Post, Romney's VP vetters engaged in the age-old tradition of blowing their work way out of proportion by pretending it was a high-level intelligence operation. But, man, did they do a lame job of...
  • What impact will the election results have on Tea Party and GOP?

    10/19/2013 10:34:05 PM PDT · by granada · 12 replies
    If a Democrat wins in Virginia, Chris Christie wins in New Jersey........ The polls indicate so called "moderate democrat" will get redstate Virginia, and so called "moderate republican" will survive in a bluestate.
  • Booker and Christie bond over groundbreaking of Newark ShopRite

    10/18/2013 2:09:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | October 18, 2013 | David Giambusso
    NEWARK — It was a “kumbaya” moment for Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Gov. Chris Christie, but one that will have a lasting impression in Newark. Despite being on opposing sides during Booker’s victorious U.S. Senate run against Republican Steve Lonegan, the two men once again touted their bipartisan alliance Thursday with the groundbreaking of the Springfield Avenue Marketplace, a $94 million retail and housing complex that includes a 66,000 square-foot ShopRite supermarket along one of Newark’s most troubled corridors. “This is not because of a mayor. It really is because of great leadership on many different fronts,” Booker said,...
  • Three Ways to Help Sarah Palin Get Steve Lonegan to the U.S. Senate!

    10/13/2013 11:16:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | October 13, 2013 | Isabel Matos
    1) We can contribute to the Lonegan campaign HERE. ( https://loneganforsenate.com/secure-contribution.php ) 2) Anyone living in or close to New Jersey can GET INVOLVED HERE. ( http://www.loneganforsenate.com/volunteer-sign-up/ ) 3) Anyone with a telephone can volunteer to make calls from home HERE. ( https://www.loneganforsenate.com/phonefromhome/ ) Sarah wrote on Facebook today: The momentum is on Steve Lonegan’s side coming into next Wednesday’s election in New Jersey! Please visit Steve’s website to find ways to help out. It was such an honor to rally for Steve yesterday in NJ. Thank you again to everyone who came to join us – including “The Great...
  • Palin endorses Lonegan for Senate

    10/02/2013 9:04:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 2, 2013 | Jonathan Tamari
    Sarah Palin, former Republican vice presidential candidate and a prominent voice of the right, has endorsed New Jersey U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan, his campaign announced Wednesday night. Palin's endorsement took aim at Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the Democratic candidate, who leads in polls. She said unemployment, taxes, and violent crime all have grown during Booker's term in office. "In fairness, [he] may not have noticed these facts between his constant tweeting and trips to Hollywood," Palin said in a statement released by the Lonegan campaign. She praised Lonegan for cutting taxes as mayor of Bogota and his work as...
  • Chris Christie Inducted into CAIR's 'Best List' for Fighting 'Islamophobia'

    09/20/2013 9:55:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 20, 2013 | Kerry Picket
    The Council on the American Islamic Relations (CAIR) excoriated many of its critics in their "Islamophobia" report, but the group also had a "Best List Inductees" which included New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. CAIR says the list was compiled as a way to recognize those who "deserve recognition for their outstanding contributions to pushing back against Islamophobic trends in 2011 and 2012." The report says Christie is receiving the accolade primarily for his nomination of a Muslim judge and statements in the ensuing controversy: Following Islamophobic criticism of his nomination of Sohail Mohammed as a New Jersey Superior Court judge,...
  • October 16th: rare opportunity to win one for we the people (Booker vs Lonegan NJ Senate race)

    08/31/2013 3:16:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | August 31, 2013 | Lloyd Marcus
    Dear Patriots. Though apprehensive upon hearing Obama tell Joe the Plumber that he wanted to spread the wealth around, I understand America’s extremely emotional response to electing its first black president. White America naively thought, finally, we can never be called a racist nation again. My 100 year old black grandmother wept. Never in her wildest dreams could she imagine a colored man sitting in the president’s chair in the Oval Office. But little did America realize that the beautiful articulate shiny golden black man that they opened the gates of our country and housed in the White House was...
  • CURL: The Grand Old Party is about to go ‘Boom!’

    08/25/2013 6:01:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 25, 2013 | Joseph Curl
    In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, the Republican Party will explode. When the smoke clears, there’ll be four (4!) new parties. First, there will still be the Republican Party, sort of, but it will change its name to the GOPPPP (Grand Old Party of Perennial Pathetic Putzes). The new name, though, won’t change the fact that the party has failed to win a majority of America’s voters in five of the past six elections or that it keep running candidates even its own members don’t like! It’s top contenders? Sen. Marco Rubio; Rep. Paul Ryan; Gov. Rick Perry;...
  • Ron Paul Photographed With White Supremacists Don and Derek Black

    12/30/2011 1:13:33 PM PST · by Billlknowles · 13 replies
    WeArePolitics.com ^ | 12-30-2011 | Bill Knowles
    Fresh off of his endorsement from former KKK Grand Wizard and former Congressman from Louisiana David Duke, we find this photo of Congressman Ron Paul with former Klansman, former Nazi and current radio show host and moderator of Stormfront.org Don Black. Pictured next to Black in the cool hat appears to be his radio sidekick and son Derek. (Here's an interesting note....Derek's mother is David Duke's ex-wife. Que the banjos.)
  • Christie heads to Hamptons to woo GOP-elite while rivals gather in SC for Haley’s campaign kickoff

    08/21/2013 11:51:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | August 21, 2013 | Leslie Larson
    Chris Christie is ditching the Jersey Shore for the Hamptons this weekend to woo big GOP donors for his re-election campaign, far away from South Carolina where other star Republican governors will gather Monday to support Nikki Haley. Bill Palatucci, a longtime Bush family donor, and the New Jersey governor’s brother, Todd Christie, are hosting a Southampton soiree Saturday at the home of Clifford Sobel, an ambassador during former President George W. Bush’s administration. Tickets start at $3,800 a person. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sofia Vergara’s fiance, Nick Loeb, will also be attending....
  • The Past’s Future Republican (Guess who?)

    08/18/2013 3:10:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 17, 2013 | Frank Bruni
    LET Rand Paul have his epic filibuster and Ted Cruz his scowling threats to shut down the government. Let Chris Christie thunder to a second term as the governor of New Jersey, his hubris flowering as his ultimate designs on the White House take shape. Jeb Bush, lying low in the subtropics of Florida, has something they don’t: the unalloyed affection of many of the Republican Party’s most influential moneymen, who are waiting for word on what he’ll do, hoping that he’ll seek the 2016 presidential nomination and noting with amusement how far he has drifted off fickle pundits’ radar,...
  • ABC Tries to Con America Into Believing that Sarah Palin Will Run for President

    08/18/2013 3:47:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | August 18, 2013 | Jason Easley
    The mainstream media refuses to give it up. ABC News is trying to fool people into believing that Sarah Palin will be a presidential candidate. Check out this graphic and see it for yourself. Before RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was interviewed on This Week, ABC aired a pre-recorded video package with the announcer saying at the end, “There’s no shortage of prospective Republican candidates, and that makes it even more challenging for the party to resolve its ideological divide.” So let’s take a look at who ABC News thinks is a potential Republican presidential candidate: Ted Cruz? Check. Donald Trump?...
  • Rasmussen poll of Republican voters: Christie 21, Rubio 18, Jeb Bush 16

    08/11/2013 7:50:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 7, 2013 | Allahpundit
    One word, my friends: RINOgeddon. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that Christie earns 21% support when Republican voters are asked whom they would vote for if the party’s primary in their state were held today. Florida Senator Marco Rubio runs a close second with 18% of the GOP vote, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 16% and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul with 15% of the vote. Congressman Paul Ryan, the unsuccessful Republican vice presidential candidate in 2012, picks up 13% of the Republican vote, with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker dead last at six percent (6%)....
  • Chris Matthews: Take my word for it — Rand Paul will be the GOP nominee in 2016

    08/08/2013 2:23:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 8, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Money line: “This is what I do for a living.” Didn’t he predict a Bush/Clinton race in 2016 just nine months ago? If he believes what he says here about the parties swinging like “pendulums” from moderate nominees to ideologues and then back again, why would he have named Jeb as a strong contender last November? In fact, the roots of the counterargument are in Matthews’s own shpiel here: Most of the time, they head to the center. This is what Republicans did most successfully in 1952 – when, after twenty years of Roosevelt and Harry Truman – they wanted...
  • New Jersey Governor Christie nudged by gun rights group in key primary state

    08/03/2013 7:57:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | August 2, 2013 | David Jones
    A gun-rights group in the bellwether presidential primary state of New Hampshire has warned New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that signing gun control bills passed by his state's Legislature could have consequences if he runs for president in 2016. The Pro-Gun New Hampshire coalition urged its members this week to call and email Christie to ask him to veto the proposed laws, posing a political dilemma for Christie as he seeks re-election in November in the Democratic-leaning state while also eyeing the national stage. Christie has a September deadline to sign a number of firearm-related bills seen by their supporters...
  • Poll: 2 percent in Alaska support Zimmerman for president (Supposedly, HRC beats SP!)

    08/02/2013 8:22:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    United Press International ^ | August 2, 2013 | Kristen Butler
    In a recent poll of Alaska voters, George Zimmerman -- who was recently acquitted in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin -- got a surprising 2 percent support as a hypothetical Republican presidential candidate. The newest Alaska survey from Public Policy Polling shows Hillary Clinton's only chance of winning the state in 2016 would be in a matchup against Republican Sarah Palin, where Clinton would lead 49/40 percent. Clinton trails all other Republican candidates in the survey. Out in front, Chris Christie leads her by 8 points at 46/38, Jeb Bush leads at 49/42, Rand Paul is up...
  • Chris Christie slams libertarians over national security

    07/26/2013 10:10:38 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 52 replies
    970 WFLA ^ | 7/26/13 | Jason Howerton
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday took a big swing at libertarian-leaning lawmakers in both parties, calling the ideology, when applied to national security, “a very dangerous thought.” His comments come just one day after the House narrowly rejected a sweeping amendment to defund the National Security Agency’s surveillance program. Addressing the bipartisan coalition that joined together to nearly push the so-called Amash amendment through, Christie told lawmakers who harbor libertarian views on the issue to explain their position to the victims of 9/11, the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake reports. He also included Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in...
  • Chris Christie And Rand Paul Are Blasting Each Other Over 'Very Dangerous' Foreign Policies

    07/26/2013 11:50:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 26, 2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    In a preview of the debate to come within the Republican Party ahead of the 2016 presidential election, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie denounced Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and other libertarians as having "dangerous" views on foreign policy. At a Republican governors forum in Aspen, Colo., Christie railed against opposition to the National Security Agency surveillance programs. On Wednesday, the House narrowly voted to defeat an amendment that would have curtailed the NSA's ability to collect data on telephone calls. Lumping Paul in with those House members, Christie suggested that Paul and other libertarians should explain their positions to widows...
  • Christie’s no conservative, and he won’t run as one

    06/16/2013 10:56:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 16, 2013 | Joseph Curl
    GOP Golden Boy Chris Christie is going to run in 2016, and he might not even do so as a Republican. Seriously. So, will he challenge the highly beatable Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination? Maybe. But all signs point to the whalelike New Jersey governor floating himself as a middleman, neither right nor left — the Chosen One to solve all the discord in the nation’s capital: The Independent. Sound insane? Well, the man who clearly can’t control his base impulses (he’s fat) doesn’t know where he fits into the 2016 scheme. (Get it? “Where he fits in”?)...
  • How Senator Lautenberg's Death Makes the Senate Even Less Functional (Boo-hoo!)

    06/03/2013 5:10:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Atlantic Wire ^ | June 3, 2013 | Philip Bump
    On the third-to-last day that Senator Frank Lautenberg ever voted in the Senate, he joined with 53 of his colleagues to support a compromise on new gun regulations. His vote wasn't enough. Now, Lautenberg's death makes the prospect of revisiting that issue — and a number of other Democratic priorities — substantially trickier. Take the gun legislation. The compromise proposal, which would have expanded background checks to include gun show and online sales, was part of a package that was postponed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after the failed vote. It's expected to come back before the Senate at...