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.
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.
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...
October 5, 2011
IS GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE running for national office? Yesterday he answered with a definitive "no. " It's not the first time he's said it, in so many words. * Nov 4, 2010: "Short of suicide, I don't really know what I'd have to do to convince you people that I'm not running [for president]. I'm not running!" * Nov 24, 2010: "Can you see me as anybody's vice president?" * Feb 16: "Apparently, I actually have to commit suicide to convince people I'm not running. " * May 3: "I got enough damn problems in New Jersey.
March 23, 2012
Whitney Houston officially died of accidental drowning, according to the Los Angeles Coroner's office, that was aggravated by heart disease and cocaine use. Houston had a pre-existing heart condition called atherosclerotic heart disease and the coroner's office found cocaine in the pop diva's system but refused to comment on the level. But the levels indicated that she was a chronic user of the drug. Houston was found underwater and unconscious in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hills Hilton on Feb. 11. Pictures obtained by TMZ also showed champagne, beer and prescription drugs in her hotel room but coroner's officials said they were not in excessive quantities.
September 29, 2011
WE DON'T care whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie runs for president. But we are inspired by the Republicans' willingness to keep recruiting candidates when the ones they have don't satisfy them. Here are recruiting offers we'd make: For schools chief: Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. runs the best organization in town. Come on, Ruben! Hit a home run for education! For City Council: Replace them with the gang from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. " Similar effectiveness, much more hilarity.
July 19, 2011
TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie says he's not offended by the profanity-laced tirade directed at him by the Democrat who leads the New Jersey Senate. The Republican governor says he and Senate President Stephen Sweeney have "a passionate relationship," so things said in the heat of emotional battle should be forgiven. Sweeney exploded after Christie cut $1.3 billion from the budget Democrats had sent him. The cuts included programs for AIDS patients, sexually abused children and blind students.
April 9, 2013
TRENTON - Rutgers officials are scrutinizing practice videos of all sports to see if any coach engaged in behavior like the type that cost men's basketball coach Mike Rice his job, the university president announced Monday. The inquiry into Rice and how university officials responded is also going deeper as the school announced that it plans to hire a consultant to conduct an independent review. University president Robert Barchi, speaking Monday during a town-hall meeting on the school's Newark campus, said he wants any instances of bullying or homophobic language to be reported immediately.
April 13, 2013 |
TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie continues to maintain a strong lead in his re-election bid. But the woman who wants to defeat him in November is gaining some ground in a new poll. A Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Friday shows Christie holds a 30-point lead among registered voters surveyed. That's down from 42-points in a Rutgers-Eagleton survey conducted in February. The new poll shows Christie's support has dropped six points while Democrat Barbara Buono gained six points. However, Buono continues to suffer from name recognition and 61 percent of her supporters expect the state senator to lose.
November 9, 2013 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie's postelection domination of national media continued Thursday with a new Time magazine cover featuring a silhouette of the newly anointed front-runner for the 2016 Republican nomination and the headline: "The Elephant in the Room. " The Internet's reaction was not kind, to say the least - to Time. First of all, some noted that with Christie's landslide win this week, he is not the proverbial elephant in the room - everyone is well aware of his presence. CNN devoted much of its week to what felt like wall-to-wall coverage of the New Jersey governor's political future.