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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.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
By Matt Katz : New Jersey Public Radio
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 ...
Monday, January 13, 2014
By Joseph Capriglione : WNYC/NJPR
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.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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.
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.
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?"
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
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.
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.