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.
January 12, 2016 |
TRENTON - Outside groups backing Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich are blitzing New Hampshire with attack ads that portray Gov. Christie's New Jersey as a wasteland of high taxes and credit downgrades, a laboratory for expansion of Obamacare, and home to a governor with unscrupulous aides under criminal indictment. Donald Trump, the unvarnished celebrity real estate mogul leading the GOP race, has declared that New Jersey is the "worst state in the union in terms of economics. " Against that backdrop of an unpredictable and brawling presidential race, Christie will return briefly to Trenton on Tuesday to deliver his annual State of the State address with a chance to tell a better story about his record in New Jersey.
December 30, 2015 |
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump unleashed a fusillade of attacks Monday on Gov. Christie, a rival, criticizing him on everything from New Jersey's economy to the George Washington Bridge scandal. Trump's remarks came in response to a Sunday editorial by the publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader, which called the celebrity real estate mogul's campaign "an insult to the intelligence of Republican voters. " Trump accused Christie - who was endorsed by the Union Leader and is gaining ground in Granite State polls - of encouraging the publisher, Joseph W. McQuaid, to write the editorial.
December 23, 2015 |
HOLLIS, N.H. - As he fielded questions from New Hampshire voters Sunday night - summoning emotional stories about the days after Hurricane Sandy - Gov. Christie turned the floor over to another governor. "If you've got a tough decision to make, Chris Christie's the right guy. Some people don't realize what a loving, caring guy he is," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan told the crowd at the Peterborough town hall. He then recounted advice Christie gave him during the recent Baltimore riots: "He told me to get up to Baltimore, show some leadership.
December 2, 2015 |
Gov. Christie on Monday rebutted Donald Trump's claim that thousands of people in New Jersey had celebrated the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, using stronger terms than when he said he didn't recall the scene described by his rival. "It didn't happen," Christie told reporters in New Hampshire. "The fact is, people can say anything, but the facts are the facts. That did not happen in New Jersey that day, and it hasn't happened since. " The remarks drew Christie into Trump's crosshairs.
December 1, 2015 |
Gov. Christie begins another two-day campaign swing through New Hampshire on Monday, this time with a fresh endorsement from the only statewide newspaper in the first-in-the-nation primary state. In an editorial running across the top of Sunday's newspaper - with the headline "For our safety, our future: Chris Christie for President" - publisher Joe McQuaid wrote that Christie is "the one candidate who has the range and type of experience the nation desperately needs," citing his background as governor and U.S. attorney.
November 24, 2015
CURRENT AND would-be political leaders ought to be ashamed. I mean, even more so than usual. Let me tell you why. Last week was the anniversary of Lincoln's 1864 Gettysburg Address. It was a short speech. We're created equal. We need to preserve government of, by and for the people. A speech, in other words, aimed at unifying the nation. This is the week of Thanksgiving, an American holiday whose date varied from state to state until set by Lincoln in an 1864 proclamation - aimed at unifying the nation.