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November 23, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Gov. Christie took on a job Thursday seen as a political boon and potential launching pad for a presidential bid, becoming chairman of the Republican Governors Association. But the governor who has emerged as one of the Republican Party's leading voices - one many hope can lead the GOP back to victory - insisted his focus was on next year's gubernatorial elections, not the national race in 2016. "We have 20 incumbent [Republican] governors up in 2014, and I think any one of us in our individual capacity or many of us as leaders of this organization . . . start thinking about 2016 at our own peril, but, worse, at the peril of our colleagues," Christie said in his only public appearance at the conference.
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November 13, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
MAYS LANDING, N.J. The Atlantic County Board of Elections will examine provisional ballots Tuesday afternoon after a weekend in which Democrats accused Republicans of improperly canvassing voters who filed those ballots. Republicans, meanwhile, launched allegations of their own Monday, with the county Republican chair asking the state attorney general to investigate Democrats he said had improperly signed up voters for mail-in ballots. Two races hang in the balance of the provisionals - the Atlantic City mayor's race, in which Republican Don Guardian holds a 247-vote lead over incumbent Democrat Lorenzo Langford, and the First District Assembly race, in which Republican incumbent John Amodeo holds a 287-vote lead over Democrat Vince Mazzeo, the Northfield mayor and owner of a fruit and vegetable store.
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November 8, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON Democrats retained control of the state Legislature following a landslide victory Tuesday by Gov. Christie, but just how large a majority they can claim is still being determined. While Democrats say they lost no seats in the Senate, keeping their 24-16 majority, results for Assembly seats in Districts 2 and 38 had not been finalized Wednesday. Provisional ballots are still being counted in the tight races. Democrats, who have a 48-32 majority in the Assembly, lost one Assembly seat in South Jersey's First Legislative District.
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November 8, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Talk about shuffling the deck. In an unexpected outcome, voters replaced two-term incumbent and Gov. Christie foe Mayor Lorenzo Langford with an openly gay Republican who rides a bicycle to work and whose current job is with the state board that oversees the governor's Tourism District. "Atlantic City is amazing at how it reinvents itself," Mayor-elect Don Guardian said Wednesday in a bit of understatement to supporters and media at his Atlantic Avenue headquarters.
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November 7, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
IN THE ONLY statewide race on yesterday's ballot, Republican Vic Stabile narrowly defeated Democrat Jack McVay for an opening on Superior Court. Stabile, a Harrisburg lawyer for the Philly firm Dilworth Paxson, won 51 percent of the vote against McVay, an Allegheny County Common Pleas judge. The Associated Press called the election about midnight with 93 percent of votes counted. The day before the election, the Pennsylvania Bar Association criticized Stabile for an 11th-hour TV ad accusing McVay of nepotism.
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November 7, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia voters elected 10 new judges Tuesday and reelected 18 more in yes-or-no retention votes, paying little attention to negative recommendations on four candidates from the Philadelphia Bar Association. All of the new judges were running as Democrats, the key to electoral success amid Tuesday's light voting in a city where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by better than 6-1. The city's new Common Pleas Court judges will be Anne Marie Coyle, Timika Lane, Joe Fernandes, Daniel D. McCaffery, Giovanni Campbell, Sierra Thomas Street, and J. Scott O'Keefe.
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November 6, 2013 | BY JASON NARK & SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writers narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
TODAY IS Election Day and the region's highest-profile race is in New Jersey, where Gov. Chris Christie is expected to cruise to re-election, with the latest Quinnipiac University poll showing a 61-33 percent lead over his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono. Christie, a former U.S. attorney who defeated incumbent Jon Corzine in 2009, became a political celebrity during his first term, with regular appearances on late-night talk shows and "Saturday Night Live. " Christie was considered as a vice-presidential choice for Mitt Romney last year, and most pundits say it's all but certain he'll seek the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.
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November 5, 2013
LET'S TALK elections. Not the ones tomorrow in Philly. Doesn't whichever Democrat running for whatever always win anyway? Not the ones statewide for Superior Court or judicial retentions. Come on, we shouldn't be electing judges statewide. Let's talk about the 2014 governor's race. It officially starts tomorrow at 8:01 p.m. First, despite a bunch of buzz and polling that says that even Republicans don't like him, Gov. Corbett is running for a second term. He starts a multiday, multicity tour Wednesday in Pittsburgh and, says campaign manager Mike Barley, is "100 percent committed.
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November 5, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Increasing New Jersey's minimum wage now and through annual cost-of-living raises will help workers and boost the economy. Or it will force businesses to increase prices and cut hours, hurting consumers and workers. Through radio ads, pamphlets, and news conferences, dueling campaigns are trying to reach voters about a ballot question that would amend the state constitution to increase the minimum wage by $1, to $8.25 an hour, and tie future increases to the Consumer Price Index. Voters will decide the measure Tuesday.
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November 4, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON On Tuesday, New Jersey voters won't just pick a governor. They will choose 120 state legislators, a host of county and local officials, and school board members, and decide whether to raise the state's minimum wage by $1. While Gov. Christie is expected to easily defeat Democratic State Sen. Barbara Buono, political observers predict the governor's popularity may not sweep many Republicans into the Legislature. Democrats control the Assembly, 48-32, and the Senate, 24-16, and are bolstered by a redistricting map drawn in their favor in 2011.
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