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June 5, 2013
(97% [D] or 98% [R] of vote) Democrat Barbara Buono . . . 165,589 Troy Webster . . . 22,327 Republican *Chris Christie . . . 199,688 Seth Grossman . . . 17,597 *Incumbent
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February 5, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
LONDON - Gov. Christie ended his trip to the United Kingdom on Tuesday with scant comment, a day after his remarks on vaccinations stoked debate back home. The governor, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, canceled scheduled media availabilities and made limited public remarks during his third and final day in London, where he met privately with financial executives, visited a home for women in an addiction recovery program, and had lunch with the British government's top financial official.
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March 15, 2012
Governor deserves respect I must heartily disagree with the perspective of the writer of "Governor's behavior shameful" (Tuesday). I wonder if the letter writer heard the exchange between Gov. Christie and William Brown? Brown gave an editorial of his own before asking a question, and when the governor attempted to answer, Brown repeatedly interrupted Christie. Brown was not interested in an answer to his question. He was there to further an agenda and try to shout over any reasonable explanation the governor had to offer.
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August 9, 2011 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The conservative Republican governor and the liberal Democratic senator do not agree. On anything. At all. And they want you to know it. Consider the flurry of news releases from Sen. Frank Lautenberg's office over the last several months eviscerating Gov. Christie for cutting money for women's health, refusing to raise taxes on millionaires, pulling out of a regional greenhouse-gas initiative, and signing a bill that forces public employees to...
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July 17, 2011 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Tom Corbett has been governor for six months, and in many ways, if you agree with his agenda - provided you understand what his agenda is - he's been a success. For the first time in almost a decade, the budget passed on time. Facing a $4 billion gap, he reduced state spending. True to his word, and his signed pledge to Grover Norquist, he didn't raise taxes, although why he feels it necessary to be beholden to a Washington management strategist is beyond me. But Corbett has been terrible - flat-out awful - in meeting with the general public and in communicating his agenda, not only to voters but also to his party brethren.
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August 13, 2012 | By Matt Katz, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Being governor of New Jersey means you have $30 billion or so to spend each year. It means the Lincoln Tunnel closes when you need to get to New York, a mansion in Princeton is open for parties, and a Shore house at Island Beach State Park is free for your swimming pleasure. And then there's this: You get to appoint six people to the Perfusionists Advisory Committee and nine to the Noise Control Council. The perfusionists (heart-lung machine operators) and the noise-control people (it's an environmental thing)
NEWS
March 12, 2012
Are you in the governor's crosshairs? Does he want to enact policies that you object to? Care to respond? No problem. It'll cost you just $10,875,011. That's what Gov. Christie's chief nemesis, the New Jersey Education Association teachers union, spent last year for "communications" lobbying: an anti-Christie campaign that featured TV ads, radio spots, and a plane that flew up and down the Jersey Shore proclaiming Christie's love for millionaires. The ads are needed, the NJEA says, to counter Christie's free arsenal (his regular national TV interviews, 45-minute news conferences and near-weekly town hall meetings)
NEWS
June 18, 2013
Jim Holshouser, 78, who was North Carolina's first Republican governor of the 20th century, died Monday. In a statement released by Gov. Pat McCrory's office, Mr. Holshouser's family said he had been in declining health. Mr. Holshouser was a state legislator who became North Carolina's youngest governor at 38 when he was swept into office by President Richard Nixon's 1972 electoral landslide. He served a single term. He is remembered for establishing rural health clinics, laying the plan for a criminal justice information system, and reorganizing state government.
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June 12, 2013
Former Massachusetts Gov. Argeo Paul Cellucci, 65, died Saturday of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. His death was announced by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where Mr. Cellucci spearheaded an effort to raise funds for ALS research after publicly revealing his diagnosis in 2011. Mr. Cellucci was elected lieutenant governor in 1990 and became acting governor in 1997 when his predecessor, William Weld, resigned to pursue an ambassadorship.
NEWS
October 20, 1994
Maybe we ought to just let those two bozos duke it out. The winner gets to be governor. We can then forget about the other guy and leave him to the tender ministrations of his cornerman. If the issue is who's the toughest, why the hell isn't Mr. T the governor of some place? This current mud-wrestle for governor of Pennsylvania only demeans the candidates, the voters, the residents and anybody who's flown over on their way to another place. Are the expensive spin doctors Tom Ridge and Mark Singel have hired right that We the People are so damn stupid we think the issue is really which of these two is the nastiest?
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July 1, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
The $30 billion budget the Pennsylvania legislature's ruling Republicans are catapulting through the Capitol is going to miss the mark. The plan dusts off one-shot gimmicks and a pledge of allegiance to gas drillers while offering no relief to property tax payers and ignoring the state's schoolchildren. This bucket of bad ideas can hardly be seen as a serious proposal. One can only hope that Harrisburg's reckless tone will change after Gov. Wolf inevitably vetoes the proposal and the state slips past the budget deadline Wednesday.
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June 28, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Facing reporters Friday, Gov. Christie wouldn't confirm his plans to announce a presidential campaign early next week. But he inched a little closer. "There will be plenty of time to talk about my political future next week," the Republican governor said at a Statehouse news conference after he signed a budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. On Thursday, word leaked that Christie planned to enter the 2016 race with an announcement Tuesday at Livingston High School, his alma mater.
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June 23, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Columnist
Gov. Wolf knows how to place a bet. The York County businessman, who made a bundle on his family's kitchen cabinets company, sunk $10 million into his campaign for governor last year. He went from unknown to unstoppable, easily winning the Democratic primary and then defeating incumbent Tom Corbett. As politicians go, he looked pretty savvy. But the first five months of Wolf's first year as governor has been altogether different, as if the political side of running the government has been set aside.
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June 17, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The ousted chief of the Office of Open Records can return to his job - for now, Gov. Wolf said Monday. Wolf dropped his attempt to stay a Commonwealth Court decision from last week that found the governor had overstepped his authority when he fired Erik Arneson, the office's executive director, earlier this year. But Wolf stressed that he will continue his appeal of that ruling to the state Supreme Court - he is just allowing Arneson to return to the position in the interim.
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June 17, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - In less than three hours Monday, Gov. Wolf took two steps back, hoping the moves will pay off politically for him with a giant leap forward. In the morning, Wolf agreed not to fight the reinstatement of a onetime top Republican aide, Erik Arneson, to run the state's Office of Open Records. By lunchtime, the governor was announcing that Marcus Brown, his controversial nominee to lead the Pennsylvania State Police, was withdrawing from consideration. Both issues had stoked a growing and public friction between his administration and the GOP-led Senate.
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June 15, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
When New Jersey's high court ruled last week that Gov. Christie had the authority to cut billions from payments he had promised the state pension system, it spared the governor a massive budget shortfall as he prepares to announce a presidential decision. Though the legal victory over public-worker unions averted immediate crisis, it did not relieve Christie - or state lawmakers - of a reality less worthy of campaign-trail celebration: an unfunded pension liability that continues to strain the state budget and funds for many workers at risk of running out of money within the next decade.
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June 14, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie's three foreign trips this year and last, taken as he weighs a run for president in 2016, cost state taxpayers nearly $124,000, according to figures released by the governor's office Friday evening. The costs, released months after the last of the three trips, cover security and transportation, said Kevin Roberts, a spokesman for the governor. They also cover the governor's photographer, who documented Christie's appearances with foreign dignitaries. The most expensive trip was to the United Kingdom, where Christie traveled for three days in February.
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June 14, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Note to Philadelphia students, teachers, and parents: Gov. Wolf sees you. Five months into his term as Pennsylvania's chief executive, he has already spent more time in Philadelphia School District buildings than his predecessor, who never visited one. Wolf said he has seen and heard and read things that worry him. Take the plight of Lingelbach, the Germantown elementary school that ran an operating budget of $160 for the entire year, brought...
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June 12, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
As recent weeks have shown, Gov. Wolf has a wealth of arguments on his hands in the politically divided state capital. He might even have the facts on his side in a few of them. Not so his wrongheaded effort to break the agency that enforces the public's right to government records. If Wolf has any interest in picking his battles, he should begin by dropping this one. A Commonwealth Court panel gave the Democratic governor another opportunity to do so Wednesday, ruling that he exceeded his authority when he fired the executive director of the state Office of Open Records, Erik Arneson, shortly after his inauguration in January.
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