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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Political Divisions in Spain, Georgia and Puerto Rico

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Takeaway chats with the President of Catalonia, we explore an unlikely historical landmark in Georgia, and the secret history of Puerto Rico.

WNYC News

Hillary Clinton Is One Video Away from a Presidential Run

Friday, April 10, 2015

The wait is apparently over: Clinton will make her run for the White House official Sunday, according to people familiar with her plans.

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The Takeaway

Sen. Ted Cruz Announces Bid For President

Monday, March 23, 2015

The 2016 presidential election is heating up, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz has officially thrown his hat in the ring.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Who Is Scott Walker and What Does He Want?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

It was at a fundraiser for the Wisconsin governor that Rudy Giuliani said President Obama doesn't love America; now Scott Walker's using the remark to raise money. Here's how.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Speed Cameras; NJ Pension Payments; The Family Biz

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NJ State Assemblyman John Wisniewski talks pensions; speed cameras; Scott Walker's ambitions; President Obama's former personal aide Reggie Love; and Di Palo Fine Food's Lou Di Palo.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Chris Christie Went to Iowa...Again

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Christie tried to woo Iowans, who have grown weary of him lately. 

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The Takeaway

As New Jersey Struggles, Christie Hits the Road

Thursday, January 22, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is spending a lot of time away from his home state, and his popularity is starting to dip because of it. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Chris Christie vs. Jeb Bush and How It Affects New Jersey

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

New Jersey State Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski talks about how New Jersey and the nation will be affected by Governor Chris Christie's 2016 presidential race potential. 

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New Jersey News

Does Bush Candidacy Push Christie to 2016 Sidelines?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he will "actively explore" a 2016 run for president.

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New Jersey News

How Christie Will Rely on Mouth, Money & Moxie To Run For President

Thursday, November 13, 2014

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We learned three things about Chris Christie this past year: He can raise oodles of money. He is tireless. And voters love his sharp tongue.

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WNYC News

Dems Took a Shellacking, So How Does 2016 Look for Hillary?

Thursday, November 06, 2014

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Can one of the Democrats' top dogs make it to the White House even as her party is now the underdog in the House and Senate?

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WNYC News

On Major Campaign Swing, Christie Gets the Attention

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Christie stops by South Carolina, the first presidential primary in the South.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Governor Went Down To Mexico

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Does Governor Chris Christie's recent trip to Mexico signal a 2016 run? Reporters Matt Katz and Heather Haddon discusses possible reasons for the trip.

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The Takeaway

Is This the Next GOP Presidential Candidate?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A handful of conservative politicians have already shown interest in running on the 2016 Republican presidential ticket. One name being brought up in many circles is Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon. His new book reads like a campaign manifesto, but Carson insists that he's not running.

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New Jersey News

Can Christie Win Big In Vegas?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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The "Sheldon Primary" is being held this weekend, and Chris Christie is a contender.

The gov is headed to Las Vegas Saturday, where he will join several Republican presidential candidates for a meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition. But the real action will be around casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who ...

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New Jersey News

Poll: Christie Still Popular with NJ Residents

Monday, January 13, 2014

A new poll finds Governor Christie remains popular with New Jersey residents in spite of last week's revelations that members of the Governor's staff played a direct role in the closure of local access lanes to the G.W. Bridge.

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New Jersey News

Christie, in the Limelight Again, Signals His Presidential Hopes

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

WNYC

Governor Chris Christie is taking on Republican Rand Paul while still casting himself as a conservative.

Christie has been working on his national profile for more than a year now, but this time he's engaging in 2016 national primary politics while running for re-election in his own state.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Is Hillary Back?

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Last week, Hillary Clinton made two big speeches and announced a book deal. Rebecca Traister, journalist and the author of Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women, discusses what Clinton's message says about a possible 2016 run, and whether it's too early to look for clues.

 

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The Empire

Cuomo Downplays 2016 Presidential Speculation

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo for the first time addressed speculation that he might be a candidate for President in 2016, saying it’s “flattering”, but “distracting”.

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The Empire

ICYMI: It's a Free Country's 'Who Had the Better Week—Cuomo or Christie?'

Friday, March 23, 2012

It's a Free Country, our sibling site here at WNYC, has a running weekly run-down of the big news items for Governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo. It's a fun, informative look at two of the region's--and nation's--political heavy weights, now and going forward. With that, the Empire would like to begin giving you some highlights from It's a Free Country's "Who Had the Better Week--Cuomo or Christie?"

Who'll win this week, Cuomo or Christie?! To find out, visit WNYC'sIt's a Free Country.

Chris Christie

Tax man

NJ Dems may not like Christie's proposed tax cuts, but in putting forth a plan of their own, they've practically guaranteed Christie will preside over significant tax relief in one form or another.

Christie has pushed for a 10 percent income tax cut across the board, but State Senate President Stephen Sweeney countered with a more nuanced proposal of his own: Offer taxpayers a credit equal to 10 percent of their property tax; cap the credit at $1,000; withhold the credit from households making more than $250,000 annually.

Democrats argue their plan will help the middle class more than Christie's while giving away less to wealthier taxpayers. But as Peter Woolley, executive director of Fairleigh Dickinson University's Public Mind Poll, told WNYC's Bob Hennelly, "By introducing this income tax cut, Christie has basically changed the conversation from raising taxes to how are we going to cut them." He can—and will—take credit for reframing the debate.

  • Verdict: +2

Nominee rejected

The rejection of Christie's nominee to the State Supreme Court is the first big blow dealt to the Governor in recent memory.

Phillip Kwon was rejected by Senate Democrats in a 7-6 vote on Thursday. Kwon was scrutinized for his political affiliation and his history of working for Chris Christie while he was Attorney General. One Senator expressed concern over confirming someone “who a year before was part of the litigation team to advance Governor Christie’s agenda."

  • Verdict: -1

To see more highlights of Christ Christie's week, visit WNYC's It's a Free Country.

Andrew Cuomo

Redistricting reform: 'I failed'

Cuomo campaigned on a promise to veto any redistricting lines that were drawn by the state legislature and not an independent commission.

So much for that.

Instead, Cuomo settled for introducing a constitutional amendment that would put redistricting in the hands of a bi-partisan commission. Two things: a constitutional amendment—if it's passed—wouldn't have any effect until after 2020, when the next round of redistricting begins; also, a bi-partisan commission of legislators is not the same thing as an independent commission.

"I failed. I failed,"Cuomo said.

  • Verdict: -1

Pension reform a double-edge sword

Pension reform, which Governor Cuomo has argued is essential to closing the state's budget gap, passed last week during a marathon, overnight legislative session.

And the unions hate it. While Cuomo touts the reforms as sparing New Yorkers from a tax hike, public employees bristle at being forced to pay more into the system and reap less come retirement. The Civil Service Employees Association, the largest public employee union in the state, and several other teachers' unions quickly announced that they'd be suspending all political contributions and endorsements, threatening to back challengers to incumbents in future primaries.

This is a tricky one to score. On one hand, Republicans and Democrats alike can appreciate a balanced budget, and if Cuomo can get a few under his belt it'll play well in a general election, especially with independent voters who may like seeing public employees make concessions.

But let's not forget that the general election won't mean squat to Cuomo if he can't get out of a Democratic primary. Alienating unions, among the party's largest, most dedicated donors, would be Cuomo's version of "Romneycare"—something he'll have to answer for over and over again during the nominating contest.

  • Verdict: This one's a wash, 0

To see more highlights of Andrew Cuomo's week, visit WNYC's It's a Free Country.

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