Monday, January 7, 2013
State Senate President Steve Sweeney implies Gov. Chris Christie prayed for a storm like Sandy, as Republicans attack his remarks.
The state Senate president might be wishing he could turn back the clock a few hours, after Republicans seized on Steve Sweeney’s statement that Gov. Chris Christie is “lucky” Superstorm Sandy struck. Sweeney, a Democratic state senator from West Deptford, was quoted as saying Christie’s “job package is a hurricane. I guess he prayed a lot and got lucky a storm came,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Sweeney, speaking Monday afternoon, was making a point that a natural disaster shouldn’t be an employment solution for New Jersey. Sweeny apologized in the next breath for the statement, but it was too late. Republicans quickly began issuing releases slamming Sweeney for his remarks, made ahead of Christie’s State of the State speech …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
NJ's governor says House Republicans' moves to delay a Superstorm Sandy relief bill are "disgusting to watch." Christie saved his harshest criticism for House Speaker John Boehner.
Gov. Chris Christie is placing blame for the lengthy delay in approval of a Superstorm Sandy relief bill squarely on the shoulders of combative U.S. House of Representative Republicans, specifically Speaker John Boehner. Christie offered a scathing rebuke of Boehner and waffling Republicans during a press conference in Trenton Wednesday afternoon, saying Congress has failed in its primary purpose, to protect its own citizens. Residents of New York and New Jersey are being used as pawns in a game of politics, he said, and that's why this country's citizens "hate" Washington, DC. "Last night, politics was placed before help for our citizens," Christie said. "For me, it was disappointing and disgusting to watch." Christie said he and New York…
Monday, November 26, 2012
Chris Christie will seek a second term as New Jersey governor, he announced Monday.
Gov. Chris Christie will run for re-election for New Jersey governor's seat, he confirmed Monday. Christie made the announcement during an appearance at a press conference at the Port Monmouth Fire Department in Middletown Monday afternoon. The governor declined to talk in detail about his bid, saying he is saving that for a more formal announcement in January. But he did say he sought the advice of his wife, Mary Pat, and four children during the Thanksgiving Day weekend, and got their blessing. "I have a job to finish that I would have never anticipated to have six weeks ago," said Christie, adding that he loves the Garden State. "I want to leave it better than I found it when I'm done." The gubernatorial election will take place in …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
A transcript of the speech delivered during the President's Wednesday visit to the Jersey shore, with an introduction from Gov. Chris Christie.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Remarks by President Barack Obama and Governor Chris Christie After Surveying Damage from Hurricane Sandy in Brigantine, New Jersey As Provided By The White House GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: Good afternoon, everybody. And thank you all for coming today. I want to thank the members who are here as well. And obviously, I want to thank the President. We spent a significant afternoon together surveying the damage up and down the New Jersey coastline; we were on Marine One together to be able to show the President that personally. I had an opportunity to see it, and we had an opportunity to discuss it at length. And then, going over to the shelter here, being able to meet with folks to have them see the President and his concern, and the concern …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
"We are not afraid. We are taking our country back," the governor said in his keynote address.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Below is the full text of Gov. Christie's keynote address, as provided by the New Jersey GOP: This stage and this moment are very improbable for me. A New Jersey Republican delivering the keynote address to our national convention, from a state with 700,000 more Democrats than Republicans. A New Jersey Republican stands before you tonight. Proud of my party, proud of my state and proud of my country. I am the son of an Irish father and a Sicilian mother. My Dad, who I am blessed to have with me here tonight, is gregarious, outgoing and loveable. My Mom, who I lost 8 years ago, was the enforcer. She made sure we all knew who set the rules. In the automobile of life, Dad was just a passenger. Mom was the driver. They both lived hard lives. …
Patch joins an NJ News Commons discussion following the governor's keynote address to the Republican National Convention tonight
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
Although he's focused on running Newark for now, he's strongly considering seeking higher office in the future, Booker revealed Wednesday.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker is having the time of his life leading his city's urban revitalization, but it hasn't kept him from strongly considering a run at higher office when his term expires in 2014. That's what the rising Democratic star told a partisan audience of about 200 on Wednesday night at a Fair Lawn Democratic County Committee event at the Fair Lawn Community Center. "I came [to Newark] and said I was going to do a mission," said Booker, responding to an audience question about his future political aspirations. "But I'll tell you this, I'm strongly considering the options at the end of my term." Booker said he has his eyes set on either the governor's seat or the U.S. Senate seat currently held by 88-year-old Frank Lautenberg. If…
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie finds a receptive audience on his "Tax Relief Tour" of the Jersey Shore.
The Chris Christie public-relations machine rolled into Ocean City on Wednesday, and the New Jersey governor met a mostly fawning crowd in a Republican town at the Republican tip of the state. Christie is in the middle of his "Endless Summer Tax Relief Tour," a public flogging of Democrats over a stalled tax cut or, as he calls it, an effort to "kick their rear ends from one end of the state to the other." The Republican governor spoke at a 3 p.m. public "town hall" meeting (the 91st in his two-and-a-half years as governor) on the Ocean City Music Pier. A crowd of more than 200 people—including a who's who of city and business leaders—cheered Christie's proposals and his call for state legislators to "get the hell off the beach and go back…
Monday, July 16, 2012
Several polls indicate that he is a strong choice, especially among people in the Northeast, but will the governor's temperament alienate voters across the country?
Speculation is running high on who Mitt Romney will pick for his vice president. And it appears that NJ Gov. Chris Christie is high on the list. Several polls show former Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice, rival Rick Santorum and Gov. Christie as voter favorites to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. Also among consideration, is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. A Quinnipiac poll showed Christie as the lead choice. According to another poll, it's already a tight race between Obama and Romney, who have hit the campaign trail to woo voters. Could the ticket of Romney and Christie give the GOP hopeful the edge he needs to beat the incumbent president? What do you think?
Friday, July 6, 2012
The governor was caught on video berating a heckler on the Seaside Heights Boardwalk.
Maybe it's the summer heat. Gov. Chris Christie can't seem to keep a lid on his temper these days. For the second time in a week, Christie lost his cool in public. While on vacation with his family in Seaside Heights on Thursday, Christie lashed out at a passerby on the Boardwalk, the Huffington Post reports. The passerby made a derisive comment about the governor's education policies, according to TMZ.com. Last week, the governor berated a reporter during a press conference, after the reporter asked an off-topic question. Despite the recent flare-ups, the Republican governor is considered a front-runner for the GOP vice-presidential nomination.