February 6, 2015 |
Over coffee, I once asked a famous New Jersey Democrat about our Republican governor. "Chris Christie," my tablemate said with a smile, "gets things done. " Those were the days when even some liberals of my acquaintance could succumb to Christie Fever. Suddenly, they (OK, we ) were wondering whether the amiably brazen big mouth could be just what New Jersey - or, heaven help us, America - needed. I was entertained, and impressed, watching Christie perform before adoring crowds at his early "town halls" - those deftly stage-managed, taxpayer-funded showcases for a political star on the rise.
February 2, 2015 |
Whatever Gov. Christie intended when he appointed a team of bankruptcy and restructuring experts to devise a plan to stabilize Atlantic City's finances, what he got was a firestorm that may have exacerbated the city's plight. Officials delayed a $12 million bond offering last week after Moody's Investors Service sharply downgraded Atlantic City's debt rating. The bond-rating agency said Christie's appointment of an "emergency manager" could signal an end to the state's long-held policy of not allowing local governments to default or go bankrupt.
February 1, 2015 |
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's declaration Friday that he would not run for president in 2016 boosts at least two other Republican candidates vying for the support of the party's establishment wing. New Jersey's Gov. Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush now can tap a group of prominent GOP donors who had been holding off making commitments to other candidates pending Romney's decision about a third run for president, analysts and donors said. Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee, said earlier in January that he was interested in running again but - after finding the path ahead uncertain - pulled the plug Friday during a conference call with advisers and supporters.
January 26, 2015 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - For months, the 2016 Republican presidential race has been dominated by the "invisible primary" scramble for the backing of the party's donor class. On Saturday, it goes grassroots. At least eight likely candidates will give their pitches to 1,500 conservative activists at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, trying to seduce the people who pack a punch in the GOP caucuses, where the first votes of the party's nominating process are scheduled to be cast in a little over a year.
January 22, 2015 |
As Gov. Christie nears a decision on whether to run for president, he faces a likely crowded Republican primary field - and competition for wealthy donors. One billionaire, however, has made his allegiance to Christie clear. "The American people are ready for the truth. I think one thing the governor demonstrates loud and clear is candor," Ken Langone, a cofounder of Home Depot, said in a recent interview. "He has no trouble standing by his decisions and explaining why he made those decisions.
January 2, 2015 |
My 2014 was a year of living powerfully. I demanded my first discounted movie ticket due to my - ahem - seasoned-filmgoer status, confirmed by a tousled lad who politely asked to see my ID. Being carded felt nostalgic, and seeing Birdman for a buck less than the flirting/texting millennials around me enhanced my enjoyment of one of the year's best movies. But because I'm a South Jersey columnist and not a Hollywood critic, this Year in Review will focus on local cast members whose performances lent 2014 such Transcendence . Beginning with three Transformers : George Norcross, Stephen Sweeney, and Chris Christie.
September 20, 2014 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Thursday unleashed harsh criticism of the legislative panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures, framing the probe as a "partisan pursuit" prolonged by Democrats desperate for media attention. At a Statehouse news conference, Christie accused Democrats of leaking information to reporters while he led a trade mission to Mexico this month, saying, "These are people who are addicted to MSNBC and the front page of your papers. And nobody wants to cover it anymore.
May 29, 2014
New Jersey Republicans haven't won a U.S. Senate race since 1978. Although the party has had recent success with candidates for governor, including Thomas Kean Sr., Christie Whitman, and Chris Christie, it has been unable to send a statewide winner to Washington. The task has been so daunting that mainstream moderates seem to have given up trying. But four conservatives are hotly pursuing the GOP nomination to give freshman Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker a run for his seat. Of them, MURRAY SABRIN appears to be Republicans' best choice.
May 20, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The United States needs to again be "a moral power" in the world, having ceded some authority during President Obama's tenure, Gov. Christie said Sunday night. Speaking at the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala in a midtown banquet hall to a crowd that included Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson, Christie did not mention Obama by name, but accused the president of taking a weak stance toward the conflict in Syria. "Once you draw that red line, you enforce it," Christie said, apparently referring to Obama's declaration in 2012 that Syria's use of chemical weapons would not be tolerated.