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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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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 24, 2011 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
As a conservative candidate for governor, Chris Christie visited New Jersey's deeply liberal and severely impoverished urban areas. He filmed a campaign ad at Camden's infamous Tent City homeless encampment. And he released a list of 11 policy promises for "bringing back New Jersey's cities. " But nearly two years into his term, the Republican governor has fulfilled only one of those promises and has not publicly prioritized the others.  (See below for a list.) As many as four tent cities exist in Camden, hungry children are increasingly visiting the city's main soup kitchen, and the depleted police force struggles to fight rising crime.
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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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June 1, 2011
The New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee voted, 12-0, Tuesday to retain Col. Rick Fuentes as head of the New Jersey State Police. Fuentes cited numerous accomplishments by the state police under his tenure, such as being granted a new accreditation. He detailed his efforts to combat the force's high retirement rate and to crack down on alcohol-related incidents involving state troopers. Fuentes was appointed in 2003 by Gov. James E. McGreevey and reappointed by Gov. Jon S. Corzine.
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September 20, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Thursday unleashed harsh criticism of the legislative panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures, framing the probe as a "partisan pursuit" prolonged by Democrats desperate for media attention. At a Statehouse news conference, Christie accused Democrats of leaking information to reporters while he led a trade mission to Mexico this month, saying, "These are people who are addicted to MSNBC and the front page of your papers. And nobody wants to cover it anymore.
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May 29, 2014
New Jersey Republicans haven't won a U.S. Senate race since 1978. Although the party has had recent success with candidates for governor, including Thomas Kean Sr., Christie Whitman, and Chris Christie, it has been unable to send a statewide winner to Washington. The task has been so daunting that mainstream moderates seem to have given up trying. But four conservatives are hotly pursuing the GOP nomination to give freshman Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker a run for his seat. Of them, MURRAY SABRIN appears to be Republicans' best choice.
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May 20, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
NEW YORK - The United States needs to again be "a moral power" in the world, having ceded some authority during President Obama's tenure, Gov. Christie said Sunday night. Speaking at the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala in a midtown banquet hall to a crowd that included Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson, Christie did not mention Obama by name, but accused the president of taking a weak stance toward the conflict in Syria. "Once you draw that red line, you enforce it," Christie said, apparently referring to Obama's declaration in 2012 that Syria's use of chemical weapons would not be tolerated.
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May 8, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
SECAUCUS, N.J. - When Gov. Christie in March demanded tighter restrictions in a bill to limit raises for some police and firefighters, Senate Democrats quickly accepted his revisions and sent the bill to the Assembly to consider just before the cap was to expire. But Speaker Vincent Prieto had already left the Statehouse for the day. His caucus had passed legislation to renew the cap, set to expire April 1, and Christie's conditional veto did not leave much room for negotiation. With that, Prieto, who became speaker in January, defied the Republican governor, parted ways with Senate President Stephen Sweeney, and sent them a political message: They can't get anything done without the Assembly.
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April 30, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Imagine: A Berkshire Hills back road on a scenic summer evening in 1974. One of my best friends is at the wheel, Zep is on the eight-track, and the skunky musk of marijuana is in the air. The guy in the back exhales and hands me a torpedo-size joint. "This stuff," he says languorously, "should be sold as a cure for cancer. " Forty years later, one might think such a marketing campaign is actually happening. The Garden State is among 20 that have authorized the sale of medical marijuana for palliative purposes, which I heartily support.
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April 21, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Christie faces an April 28 deadline on the New Jersey Adoptees' Birthright Bill, which would give adopted adults over 18 access to their full original birth certificates. The governor could s sign it into law by that day; conditionally veto it with recommended changes, as he did in 2011; reject the legislation (an outright veto); or do nothing and allow it to become law. But those directly impacted face a different type of clock. "A lot of adoptees like myself are getting older," said Karen Baranowski, 54, of Turnersville, Gloucester County.
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April 18, 2014
IF THE "Daily Show," "The Colbert Report" and late-night gabfest monologues still don't quench your thirst for political and pop culture satire, you're in luck. Thursday, the jolly jokesters at 1812 Productions will raise the curtain on their latest edition of "That Is the Week That Is. " The plucked-from-the-headlines comedy revue runs through June 1 at Center City's Plays and Players Theatre. For the uninitiated, the 7-year-old "TITWTI" is inspired by the early-1960s TV show, "That Was the Week That Was," the granddaddy of everything from the "Weekend Update" segment on "Saturday Night Live" to current programs hosted by the likes of Jon Stewart and Bill Maher . "It's a political satire show based on current events," explained Don Montrey , the show's writer.
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March 28, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON A respected polling institute offered an explanation Wednesday for why it was way off the mark predicting the margin of victory for two key New Jersey elections last fall: Chris Christie for governor and Cory Booker for U.S. Senate. Survey participants were influenced by the order in which questions were asked, according to a report released Wednesday by Langer Research Associates, which was commissioned by the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University to study the error of its ways.
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March 24, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON Stuart Rabner rose from the ranks of federal prosecutor to New Jersey's chief justice with accolades from his former boss, Chris Christie. As U.S. attorney for New Jersey, Christie recommended Rabner to Democratic Gov. Jon S. Corzine, who recruited Rabner in 2005 as his chief counsel. Within 18 months, Corzine had nominated Rabner to the Supreme Court. Calling Rabner "a fabulous choice," Christie said: "There is not a job in the law that Stu Rabner could not do well.
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February 20, 2014 | BY KATHLEEN SHAW
AS I FIND myself obsessively searching for the latest news about the Chris Christie saga, I can't help thinking back to the '70s, when I was just as obsessed with Richard Nixon's unfolding troubles. Then it dawned on me that whether or not Christie turns out to be guilty of any wrongdoing, right now there are some amazing similarities between Watergate and Bridgegate (besides the obvious water jokes). First of all, both scandals began with a seemingly innocuous incident that no one outside Washington (in Nixon's case)
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