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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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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.
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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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May 8, 2015 | Philly Clout
LAST WEEK, we described the city's political system as a "hot tub. " That did not mean we wanted to see any of you in an actual hot tub. Too late. City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson went ahead and mailed fliers to South and Southwest Philadelphia residents featuring his opponent, developer Ori Feibush , topless and possibly napping while in what appears to be a hot tub. To ensure that we're not the only ones who found this ad strange, we checked with former Gov. Ed Rendell , who liked to open the city's pools while he was mayor with a big ol' hairy-chested cannonball into the water.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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August 28, 2012
A LOOK AT TUESDAY'S highlights from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. 2 p.m. * RNC Chairman Reince Priebus * Roll call of the states to nominate presidential and vice-presidential candidates. 7 p.m. * House Speaker John Boehner * Former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum 8 p.m. * Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker 9 p.m. * South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley 10 p.m. * Ann Romney * Keynote address from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Follow @CloutCon on Twitter for more.
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March 20, 2013
TRENTON - Synthetic marijuana is now banned in New Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Monday that would ban fake marijuana, which is sold under names like "K2," "Spice" and "Space Cadet. " Lawmakers overwhelmingly supported the ban. Christie's administration had already restricted access to the drugs last year by classifying them as controlled dangerous substances. Under the new law, people who make, distribute or possess them could face up to 10 years in prison.
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October 31, 2012
WITH ONE WEEK to go, here are the ups and downs of Campaign 2012: UP - Chris Christie (left): New Jersey governor puts politics aside, will tour storm damage Wednesday with President Obama. UP - Al Gore: If someone's going to use Hurricane Sandy for political gain, at least he's talking about climate change. DOWN - Mitt Romney: In a memo to reporters, he takes out of context an Ed Rendell line about a "startling upset" being possible in Pennsylvania. DOWN - Donald Trump: Because of Sandy, he delays deadline for ridiculous stunt to get Obama to release records in exchange for $5 million to charity.
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May 8, 2015 | Philly Clout
LAST WEEK, we described the city's political system as a "hot tub. " That did not mean we wanted to see any of you in an actual hot tub. Too late. City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson went ahead and mailed fliers to South and Southwest Philadelphia residents featuring his opponent, developer Ori Feibush , topless and possibly napping while in what appears to be a hot tub. To ensure that we're not the only ones who found this ad strange, we checked with former Gov. Ed Rendell , who liked to open the city's pools while he was mayor with a big ol' hairy-chested cannonball into the water.
NEWS
April 16, 2015
ISSUE | SEN. MENENDEZ Friendship matters In its rush to judgment about the indictment of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), The Inquirer took mocking aim at one of the key legal issues and missed the mark ("Friendship and corruption," April 3). Despite the editors' skepticism, the difference between friendship and corruption will make all the difference. The senator says that he and Dr. Salomon Melgen have had a 20-year friendship, attending family events, vacationing, and doing what good friends do. The Justice Department's Public Integrity Section has charged Melgen with bribing the senator.
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April 16, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna and Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writers
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Gov. Christie proposed an overhaul of federal entitlements Tuesday that would cut $1 trillion in spending on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid over a decade, a bold stroke aimed at reviving his presidential aspirations. Christie, trailing potential rivals for the 2016 Republican nomination in polls, said the changes were needed both to preserve the safety-net programs and to stabilize federal finances. "Every other national priority will be sacrificed, our economic growth will grind to a halt, and our national security will be put at even graver risk" without cost cutting, Christie said during a speech at St. Anselm College.
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February 6, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
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.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
February 1, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
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.
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January 26, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
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.
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January 22, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
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January 2, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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