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May 24, 2012 | By Joshua Henne
In January 2011, amid much fanfare, Gov. Christie trekked out to Chicago on the heels of a public-relations blitz, promising to lure businesses and jobs from Illinois to New Jersey. His administration spent more than $300,000 in taxpayer money on an advertising campaign starring Christie himself. Newspapers ads ran up and down the state, from the Chicago Tribune to the State Journal-Register of Springfield, encouraging businesses to pick up stakes and relocate to the Garden State. Even though major employers such as Kraft Foods ignored or refused the governor's request for a meeting, Christie nonetheless immediately deemed the trip a success.
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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.
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March 4, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
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.
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February 1, 2016 | Inquirer Editorial Board
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.
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June 12, 2012 | By Eric Mustin
Gov. Christie has been playing a game of chicken with the federal government over sports gambling, and he just threw his steering wheel out the window. He said he would proceed with plans to allow sports betting at New Jersey's racetracks and Atlantic City's casinos even though the federal government restricts such gambling to four states.   Christie campaigned on promises that he would lower taxes. But now he is advocating raising the most regressive tax of all: the ease and availability of gambling.
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July 12, 2012 | By Jeffrey Goldberg
No U.S. president since Franklin Roosevelt has won reelection when the unemployment rate was more than 7.4 percent. That has many Republicans wondering why Mitt Romney isn't the runaway favorite over President Obama.   So why isn't he? Because Obama remains more popular personally than one would otherwise expect. Because the Obama campaign has been more effective at sowing doubt about Romney's record as a wealthy capitalist than the Romney campaign anticipated — which is evidence to some that Romney's campaign isn't overstaffed with brilliant strategists.
NEWS
August 30, 2012
IT WAS THE Odd Couple, Good Cop/Bad Cop, Beauty and the Beast, pick any divergent duo. Ann Romney and Chris Christie fit the bill. They looked different, sounded different and delivered different messages to the Republican National Convention Tuesday night. But their aim was the same: blend together to (a) convince America that Mitt Romney is a caring human being and (b) sell voters on the notion that he and his party have tough-love solutions to move the nation forward. It was a one-two punch.
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September 29, 2011 | By Dick Polman, For The Inquirer
During his Reagan Library gig Tuesday night, Chris Christie fueled or dampened speculation that he may or may not be revisiting or reconsidering his decision or nondecision on whether his heart tells him whether he should lean toward or away from running for president in 2012. Or something like that. At this point, perhaps the Christie-parsers in the press corps, and all the Republicans who are so eager to anoint him their latest savior, might unearth a more definitive message if they took the audio version of his Tuesday speech and played it backward.
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March 12, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, POLITICS WRITER
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.
NEWS
July 1, 2016
At some point during the early-morning hours Tuesday, Gov. Christie and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto walked into a Statehouse hallway for a public hug on a $34.8 billion budget deal that wasn't really a deal, because the hug was missing Senate President Steve Sweeney - as well as a requisite dose of fiscal sense. Christie and Prieto (D., Hudson) agreed to raise New Jersey's gas tax from the nation's second-lowest, 14.5 cents a gallon, to its seventh-highest, 37.5 cents. That would raise $16 billion over the next eight years to support badly needed road, bridge, and mass transit repairs.
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August 12, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was furious. In May 2012, top officials at the bistate agency lashed out at a processor of imported vehicles that operated at Port Newark and owed $2.8 million in rent and fees. The agency warned Foreign Auto Preparation Service (FAPS) that if it did not take remedial action quickly, it would be in violation of its lease. "For years, FAPS has failed to meet its financial responsibilities as a tenant at our port, and this practice stops today," then-Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni said.
NEWS
August 4, 2016 | By John Baer
EVEN IF THE so-far-slippery, politically facile Donald Trump bounces back from Hillary Clinton's postconvention bump AND survives condemnation from veterans' groups, Gold Star moms, and calls for Republicans to disavow him, he still faces a heavy lift. Even if he again manages to divert and move on from the mess he created with the American Muslim family whose Army son was killed in Iraq (then talking about his own "sacrifices" as a builder and job creator), he still faces trouble down the road.
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July 23, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
CLEVELAND - He gave a speech that prompted a rallying cry on the floor of the Republican National Convention, defended the GOP presidential nominee's wife against plagiarism, and blasted a U.S. senator as selfish. As Gov. Christie capped a week in the spotlight - and as a top advocate for Donald Trump - he pledged to New Jersey Republicans that he would play a quieter role when his term as governor ends in January 2018. "I will retreat to the role of used-to-be," the governor said at a breakfast Thursday for the state's delegation, describing his role model for departing office as former President George W. Bush: "He never got out there and decided to become a pundit or talking head," but "conducted himself with honor and dignity.
NEWS
July 22, 2016
Auditioning, apparently, for the role of U.S. attorney general at the GOP reality show in Cleveland on Tuesday, Gov. Christie partied like it was 2009. That was the year an unlikely yet curiously refreshing county freeholder turned federal prosecutor won the job of Garden State governor with a mash-up of earthy, yet sophisticated, political choptitude. Four years later, the glow of his talent got tarnished by Bridgegate. It further faded during a steadily less impressive second term that saw him frequently and egregiously AWOL from that unglamorous Trenton job he was elected to do. And then came the governor's too-late, too-little campaign for president, which puttered on until sputtering out, mercifully, in February.
NEWS
July 22, 2016 | By Christine Flowers
AS HEIDI CRUZ left Cleveland's Quicken Loans arena after her husband Ted gave his stemwinder at the Republican National Convention, she was escorted by security through a hostile crowd. Apparently, people in the audience were annoyed that Cruz hadn't endorsed Donald "I Call Him Lyin' Ted" Trump. They couldn't believe that the Texan actually gave his national audience permission to vote their conscience. They were in shock he didn't bring gold, frankincense and myrrh with him to the podium as a gift.
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July 21, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
The New Jersey Republican Party has paid off the half-million dollars in debt it owed to creditors in the aftermath of the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal, according to a filing made public by state campaign-finance regulators Tuesday. A fund-raiser held by Donald Trump in May appeared to help considerably. The party's filing with the state Election Law Enforcement Commission shows that seven individuals, companies, and PACs made $25,000 contributions last quarter - the price of a ticket to the May fund-raiser in Lawrenceville.
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July 21, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
CLEVELAND - It wasn't the role he had hoped for. But while Gov. Christie didn't address the Republican National Convention as the party's new presidential nominee Tuesday night - or as that nominee's running mate - he might have given the same speech if he were. "As a former federal prosecutor, I welcome the opportunity to hold Hillary Clinton accountable for her performance and her character," said Christie, who previously served as U.S. attorney for New Jersey. He then launched into a speech that would stir one of the stronger reactions of the night from the crowd that had nominated Donald Trump for president earlier inside the Quicken Loans Arena.
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July 8, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie's campaign last year to overhaul pension and health benefits for New Jersey's public employees hasn't come to fruition. But the governor took action last week that could serve as a bargaining chip in his call to cut costs: He tied millions of dollars for municipalities and nonprofits in the state budget to negotiations over worker health benefits. Christie issued an executive order placing nearly $100 million into reserve from the $34.5 billion fiscal year budget he signed into law last week.
NEWS
July 1, 2016
At some point during the early-morning hours Tuesday, Gov. Christie and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto walked into a Statehouse hallway for a public hug on a $34.8 billion budget deal that wasn't really a deal, because the hug was missing Senate President Steve Sweeney - as well as a requisite dose of fiscal sense. Christie and Prieto (D., Hudson) agreed to raise New Jersey's gas tax from the nation's second-lowest, 14.5 cents a gallon, to its seventh-highest, 37.5 cents. That would raise $16 billion over the next eight years to support badly needed road, bridge, and mass transit repairs.
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