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.
April 16, 2015 |
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.
February 6, 2015 |
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.
February 2, 2015 |
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.
February 1, 2015 |
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.
January 26, 2015 |
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.
January 22, 2015 |
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.
January 2, 2015 |
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.
September 20, 2014 |
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.