Thursday, June 26, 2014
The governor was not subtle about his 2016 political plans as he glad-handed his way through the early primary state. But issues that have been a problem for him in blue New Jersey could become a liability among Republicans there – for the opposite reasons.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Gov. Chris Christie bounded into T-Bones restaurant in Bedford, NH, at suppertime on Friday. He held hands with a 102-year-old woman, signed some baseballs and took a bunch of cellphone selfies.
Technically he was there to campaign for Walt Havenstein, a New Hampshire gubernatorial candidate. But in reality, at least ...
Thursday, June 12, 2014
New Jersey has doled out more than $4 billion in tax breaks to businesses over the past four years to boost economic activity.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The Bridgegate legal bills are just starting to come in, totaling $4.4 million so far. But that number is going to increase exponentially -- that's because 43 people are getting their legal fees paid for by the public, and we have yet to see hardly any of those bills. Here's ...
Monday, June 09, 2014
1) None Of The Above did well in last week's election.
The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate -- one of only three statewide elected positions in New Jersey -- last ran for public office 36 years ago. He hadn't even lived in the state until he moved back in a ...
Thursday, June 05, 2014
Is Christie acting as if the last five months were just a bad dream?
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
A new poll out from Fairleigh Dickinson University indicates that Gov. Christie's approval rating among New Jerseyans is 44 percent, a steep drop from the plus-50 percent approval ratings he enjoyed in his first term on the way to a landslide reelection victory. And an increasing number of New ...
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Both Democrats and Republicans seemed dumbfounded by the lack of oversight exercised by at least one member of the Port Authority's board of commissioners.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
A pot of federal Sandy funds that Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer famously alleged to be part of an illegal Gov. Christie shakedown scheme will come to the city after all.
At an event Monday in Little Ferry, notable for Zimmer's absence from the stage and Christie's refusal to take questions, ...
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
A 24-year-old former mid-level staffer for Gov. Christie's government office — and later, Christie's re-election campaign — withstood more than five hours of questioning Tuesday at a Bridgegate hearing that shed light on the Christie political operation at the Statehouse.
But the hearing didn't tell us is who was responsible ...
Saturday, May 17, 2014
At his only commencement speech of the season Christie told a hushed audience a 16-minute story about the immigration experience of his grandmother.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Bridgegate is not just a traffic jam -- it is a scandal that touches on just about every mode of transportation mankind has so far developed. And now we have spaceships. A recap:
Cars: The Sept. 9-13, 2013, double-lane closures in the town of Fort Lee, NJ, to the George Washington ...
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Today's marathon (seven hour!) testimony from a calm, respectful Michael Drewniak, the governor's colorfully-spoken spokesman (and unofficial liaison between the Port Authority and the governor's office), focused not on the Big Bridgegate Questions (who did this, and why?), but rather on a secondary question: Was there a cover-up?
Drewniak's testimony, ...
Monday, May 05, 2014
Just one email.
The internal review of the office of Gov. Chris Christie in the wake of the Bridgegate and Sandy funding scandals yielded 4,612 pages —that included summaries of interviews with 75 people, plus dozens of emails and text messages from top Christie staffers. But the only shred of ...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The Republicans on the New Jersey Legislature's Bridgegate committee are getting angry.
"The committee's leadership and operations have demonstrated that the committee's purpose turned from an inquiry into the clearly flawed inner-workings of the Port Authority, into a political vehicle designed to damage the governor's standing and popularity," the Republicans ...
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Legislative investigators have sent a letter to former Port Authority Chairman David Samson, who resigned amid investigations over his role in Bridgegate and his business practices, mandating that he turn over documents that were requested more than three months ago.
Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the Democrat who co-chairs the Legislature's investigative ...
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Chris Christie has picked yet another fight. This time, with the state of Colorado. The response from the Rockies was initially mild. Then it got ugly.
In recent weeks Christie has fielded an inordinate number of questions about the legalization of marijuana. He is, as always, unequivocal in his opposition, ...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
In an unusually stormy meeting, the embattled state Ethics Commission placated protesters by confirming that it is investigating former Port Authority Chairman David Samson. It also confirmed that the commission is dropping a five-year-old ethics complaint against a state union leader.
For Ethics Commission Chairman Andrew Berns, the media scrutiny ...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Christie talks in DC, but not many Democrats were around to hear the message.