May 24, 2012 |
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.
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 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.
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.
June 12, 2012 |
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.
July 12, 2012 |
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.
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.
September 29, 2011 |
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.
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.
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.