April 8, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Gov. Christie said he felt as if he were in Alice in Wonderland . "As I was flying in here, I was thinking to myself, I'm going into the land where up is down and down is up," he said. Christie did land in Atlantic City on Wednesday, but did not meet with Mayor Don Guardian. Instead, he met with County Executive Dennis Levinson and held a news conference in the County Office Building, just across the courtyard from City Hall. "There's no purpose in meeting with a liar," Christie said.
March 16, 2016 |
Gov. Christie took on a new role while campaigning Monday with Donald Trump: interviewing his former GOP rival at an event in North Carolina. He didn't throw any curveballs, however. "What you've done all around the world, in terms of building great businesses, I think folks are confident that if you become president, you'll be able to do that same thing for our country," Christie said, posing his first question to Trump during the event, streamed online from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory.
March 12, 2016 |
Maybe Nancy Reagan, a woman of exceptional perceptiveness, foresaw the great Republican crack-up. Maybe she thought that Chris Christie could save the party back in September 2011, when she invited the New Jersey governor to speak at her husband's presidential library and museum in California at the height of the GOP establishment clamor for Christie to run for president right away. When Christie escorted Reagan into the auditorium that night, it seemed like an anointment, as if the torch of the movement and party that Ronald Reagan built were being passed to a new generation of leader.
March 4, 2016 |
In a 2013 reelection campaign he would market as a model for how Republicans could win nationally, Gov. Christie won support from Hispanic and black leaders in New Jersey. He broke with some in his party after the election in signing a law that allows immigrants in the country illegally to pay in-state college tuition. He frequently visited and pushed for change in heavily minority Camden. Earlier in his tenure, he got attention for nominating a Muslim judge - then denouncing critics on the right as "crazies.
February 22, 2016
For two years, New Jersey has been like an abandoned house, the newspapers piling up on the stoop telling of basic upkeep left undone. Instead of burst pipes and an overgrown lawn, the inattention in this case has been to pressing policy problems: Transportation funding drained away. Atlantic City slipped to the brink of bankruptcy. The Jersey Shore grew more vulnerable to storms without a plan to protect it from some of the worst flooding. And in the wake of the collapse of bipartisan pension reforms, the state still owes far more benefits to employees than it can afford.
February 15, 2016 |
Yes, it happened! More than 2,000 brave souls plunged into the Atlantic Ocean at 2 p.m. Saturday as part of Sea Isle City's 22nd annual Polar Bear Plunge. Temperatures were about 20 degrees in this Cape May County town on the Jersey Shore, according to weather reports. Katherine Custer, a city spokeswoman, said the cold-weather event "attracts many people from all walks of life. " West Chester's James "Jimmy" Cahaley, 28, did a flip as he entered the foamy and frigid surf.
February 1, 2016 |
Atlantic City's hardships and perhaps its tenuous hopes revolve around tourism. So it's fitting that Trenton's perplexing response to the resort's crisis can be credited to none other than New Jersey's tourist in chief, Chris Christie. Christie is not only the Garden State's governor but also, since he began running for president, a sometime visitor. You may have caught the recent whistle-stop during which he declared Atlantic City subject to a state . . . something. "You can call it what you want to call it," Christie said.
January 27, 2016 |
I spent the snowy weekend getting to know Chris Christie all over again, the governor who at first fascinated, and eventually infuriated, me. The man I first encountered six years ago has been so busy barnstorming America - on what looks more and more like a quixotic quest for the presidency - that I'd forgotten how beguiling he could be. But as the flakes fly and the wind blows, I stay in my jammies and savor my friend and former Inquirer colleague...
January 24, 2016 |
American Governor Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption By Matt Katz Threshold Editions. 464 pp. $28. Matt Katz's hefty Chris Christie biography, American Governor , can be a bit exhausting, but it is definitely not boring. If you have not given much thought to the New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate - whose popularity has been tarnished by Bridgegate, and who currently is in the low single digits in national presidential polls - American Governor might have you thinking twice.
January 16, 2016 |
Gov. Christie's shifting positions and rhetoric drew scrutiny during Thursday night's GOP debate, as he fended off a question on whether his stance on gun control had "evolved," and rebutted a rival's attempt to tar him as insufficiently conservative. In addition to stressing conservative credentials - highlighting his vetoes of gun-control legislation and rejection of the Common Core educational standards - Christie used blunt language to try to distance himself from President Obama, accusing the president of overstepping his authority with his recent executive action on guns.