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Opinion: How Chris Christie Shakes up the 2012 Field? He Doesn't

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I don’t want to be a party pooper, but Chris Christie will not go down smoothly with Iowa’s Tea Party infused Republican base. He'll very likely need to skip Iowa - it’s too late to start a caucus campaign anyway - and concentrate on New Hampshire.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Christie Makes the National Case for His NJ Politics

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Is he going to jump off and get into this fray, or is he simply just going to be a bystander… Does he have the courage to jump in?

Mike Kelly, columnist at The Record of New Jersey, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Process is Political: Like All These New Campaign Ads? Thank Justice Alito

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The biggest change to campaign finance law in America: Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. More redistricting maps look to be heading to court, which opens up questions about which judges should decide the questions — and if they have time to do it before the next election. And while Christie basks in national spotlight, Romney and Perry try to dial back fundraising expectations before filing deadline. 

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In Soaring Speech, Christie Won't Rule Out Run

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

He’s said over and over (and over again) that he’s not running for president this year, but in front of a sold out audience at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Gov. Chris Christie chose not be so direct. Instead, the governor of state gave a soaring speech that pointed to the ways bipartisan domestic policy achievements are an essential plank of foreign policy – a framing that would fit nicely should he decide to make the case a governor with 20 months on the job has the experience necessary to lead America on a global stage.

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Transcript: Gov. Chris Christie Speaks at the Ronald Reagan Library

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"Real American Exceptionalism"

Mrs. Reagan, distinguished guests. It is an honor for me to be here at the Reagan Library to speak to you today. I want to thank Mrs. Reagan for her gracious invitation. I am thrilled to be here.

Ronald Reagan believed in this country. He embodied the ...

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Watch Live: Chris Christie Speaks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gives a speech at the Perspectives on Leadership Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

He will address the forum from 9-10pm EDT in a speech entitled "Real American Exceptionalism," which will use examples from President Reagan's time in office to discuss how the "United ...

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Chris Christie Probably Isn't Running for President, but Speculation Pays

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Jersey Republicans raised almost $2.5 million in the first half of 2011, beating their Democratic counterparts by a margin of more than 2-to-1. It's hard to understate Governor Chris Christie's influence on these numbers—mere speculation about a presidential run is a guaranteed money-maker.

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Opinion: What Liberals Don't Get about Reagan (or Chris Christie)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ronald Reagan lived up to so many principles that Conservatives seem to only expect to hear "in theory" these days.

-Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Wall Street Protests Skip the Script - and Why that's Good

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

This is counter to how many protests work - with scheduled speakers, officially printed signs, organized buses. But as those marches on Washington have found less and less traction in the media and the public imagination over the years, maybe something less scripted has a chance to break out.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Process is Political: A Surprising Win for Kucinich

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Looks like Rep. Dennis Kucinich can end his district-shopping, as Ohio's redistricted map looks to have treated him less harshly than he expected. A proposal to change Pennsylvania's electoral college rules away from a winner-take-all approach continues to divide state Republicans. And days after the Department of Justice sent Texas' map back to reconsider its treatment of Latino voters, Los Angeles considers the tipping point of when Latino population growth earns Latino residents another majority district. 

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Christie Hype, Real or No, Could Help NJ GOP

Monday, September 26, 2011

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has consistently denied he plans to run for president. But an invitation from former First Lady Nancy Reagan to give a high profile speech on leadership at the Ronald Reagan Presidential library in California and a week of political fundraisers across the country has rekindled the speculation.

Larry Sabato, a professor at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics Professor says the 2012 presidential primary schedule is still in flux, so a late entry by a Christie is technically still possible.

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15 Things To Read and Watch About Chris Christie

Monday, September 26, 2011

With news that NJ Gov. Chris Christie has been tapped to give the keynote speech at this year's Republican National Convention, we at It's a Free Country collected 15 articles, videos and interviews involving the charismatic New Jersey Governor. Consider it Christie's public image primer: From his infamous YouTube videos smacking down detractors, to his articulate defense of Republican policy, to conversations with late night host Jimmy Fallon and WNYC morning host Brian Lehrer.

Whether his keynote propels him into the spotlight for 2016 or not, we're going to see a lot more of Chris Christie in the coming years. Here's what you may have missed so far.

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Sister Citizen: Black Women and Politics

Monday, September 26, 2011

There's tremendous pragmatism on the part of African-Americans who will not see their suffering suddenly used against a Democratic president. It's not just because he's black...The recognition on the part of pragmatic African-Americans is that there's no great racial progressive savior about to show up. The alternative is President Perry, President Bachmann, or President Romney.

Melissa Harris-Perry, contributor to MSNBC and author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Politics This Week: Questions About Christie and the Government Shutdown Showdown

Monday, September 26, 2011

It just underscores how dissatisfied Republicans are with their field as it stands...I see this every four years it seems—the party that's trying to take back the White House is unhappy with their candidates—but this time it's really striking.

— New York Times national correspondent Jackie Calmes on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Poll: NYers Split on Re-Electing Obama, Still Prefer President to Republicans

Monday, September 26, 2011

In a new Siena Research Institute poll, 47 percent of registered voters in the state would re-elect Obama, and 47 percent would prefer to vote for 'someone else'. When that challenger is Rick Perry or Mitt Romney, however, the President has a double-digit lead.

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Opinion: Debt Supercommittee Has a Chance to Correct Years of Bad Policy. Here's How:

Monday, September 26, 2011

Shortsighted action on fiscal issues has been standard practice for both the Democratic and Republican parties for over a generation, and it is directly responsible for the fiscal train wreck we're now dealing with.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Process is Political: Christie's National Fundraising Swing

Monday, September 26, 2011

In a break from previous practice, the public gets to see New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's out-of-state fundraising schedule, which comes at a time of intense presidential speculation (again). Who's paying for your new redistricted Congressional map? It's no easy to find out. And it's early, but small donors to Barack Obama's 2008 campaign say they're already planning to sit this one out. 

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Opinion: Clinton Global Initiative Shows the Promise of Government

Friday, September 23, 2011

If we really trusted that the business community, unfettered, would solve our problems, then they'd be solved by now.

                -Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Why are Latinos Souring on Obama?

Friday, September 23, 2011

The president has been calling on Latinos and he’s learning that they’re just not that into him.

Gallup’s latest polls show President Obama getting his lowest monthly job rating since taking office. Only four in ten approve of his job performance. The polls also reveal a precipitous decline in his approval among Latinos, a bad omen for Obama and his party who rely heavily on the community for votes.

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Watch: Republican Presidential Debate from Orlando

Thursday, September 22, 2011

On September 22nd, the Republican Party of Florida hosted a Fox News/Google debate between candidates for the GOP presidential nomination. It's a Free Country reporter Anna Sale was joined by Nicole Gelinas of the Manhattan Institute, libertarian journalist Dorian Davis and fellow political junkies for a live chat.