August 4, 2015 |
Facing New Hampshire voters at a recent town hall-style meeting, a Republican presidential candidate advocated for strengthening the military, repealing Obamacare, and providing treatment for drug addicts. He declared that the United States needs to "mean what we say" to adversaries, and panned the leaking of classified information by Edward Snowden, who "ought to be locked up for a thousand years. " The talking points sounded like Gov. Christie's - but it was Ohio Gov. John Kasich facing voters at the Portsmouth Country Club, striking positions similar to the New Jersey governor's.
July 28, 2015 |
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Bryan Clickner had little opinion of Lindsey Graham until he saw the South Carolina senator at a town hall-style meeting - and decided that if Graham were elected president, the country would "be in good shape. " Clickner hadn't been particularly interested in Gov. Christie, either, but that, too, changed after watching the New Jersey governor on the town hall circuit. Last week, Clickner awaited the arrival of the 16th Republican to enter the 2016 presidential race - Ohio Gov. John Kasich - at yet another town hall meeting, this time at Rivier University in Nashua.
July 27, 2015 |
CAMANCHE, Iowa - The hog roast for the local Republican Party here was to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, but there was an unexpected delay: no butter. So when Gov. Christie took to the podium 90 minutes later, after some 200 voters filled their plates with pork and sufficiently buttered corn, he made sure to take note. When he returned to New Jersey, Christie explained, his wife would want to know the most memorable part of his trip. "Now I still have a whole 'nother day tomorrow in Iowa," Christie said, "but I can't imagine that there's going to be anything that's more memorable than when I tell my wife that I was in Clinton County, Iowa, and they didn't have the butter for the corn.
July 23, 2015 |
It rained on their first date, and Sara charmed Ron by showing up in her wellies. Later, when they lived together, a torrential storm flushed eight inches of water into their basement apartment in Washington. The couple decamped to a hotel and saw the crisis as a test: "This really sucks, but we're going to be OK," Ron says. "We laughed it off. " It poured on their wedding day in April 2011, flooding the road to the mountainside mansion where they were planning an outdoor ceremony.
July 16, 2015 |
The super PAC supporting Gov. Christie's presidential candidacy announced Tuesday that it had raised $11 million since it was formed in February, a haul close to some of his competitors' but significantly less than the amount raised by allies of Jeb Bush. Christie, a Republican who formally announced his candidacy June 30, has not disclosed fund-raising totals for his campaign. He will not have to report those figures until Oct. 15. Phil Cox, director of the super PAC America Leads, said the group had set a goal of raising $15 million to $20 million by the end of 2015 and was on track to exceed that.
July 8, 2015 |
WITH apologies to Stephen Sondheim: Send in the clowns. There ought to be clowns . . . but wait, they're already here. How many Republican candidates can one get into one of those miniature cars in the center ring of the presidential circus now playing an extended gig in various locations throughout the country? There are already some 14, or is it 15, who want to be the GOP's nominee for the job no one in his right mind would want in the first place. Among the latest, of course, are the comb-over champion of the western world, Donald Trump, and the specialist in traffic jams, Gov. Chris Christie, of New Jersey.
July 2, 2015 |
It's time for some traffic problems on the road to the White House. Presaging even less time for his day job running New Jersey, Gov. Christie became the 14th official candidate to merge into the Republican presidential bottleneck Tuesday. Christie made the long-expected announcement at the North Jersey high school where he once settled for the presidency of his class. It was also at Livingston High that a callow Christie met (though, by his account, was too cool to hang out with)
July 1, 2015 |
Gov. Christie is set to announce his presidential candidacy Tuesday at the high school he attended, a venue that will enable him to feature his roots and upbringing. The Livingston School District's interim superintendent, however, isn't embracing the role as host. "I don't think it's any secret that most of my political and educational views are about 180 degrees from the governor's," Jim O'Neill said Monday. A critic of the Republican governor's policies on charter schools and the state's management of school districts under its control, among other issues, O'Neill doesn't plan to attend the announcement.
June 28, 2015 |
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.
June 5, 2015 |
RYAN DAY is the third quarterbacks coach in three Eagles offseasons for Chip Kelly, but Day offers something neither Bill Lazor nor Bill Musgrave brought to the table. "I've played for coach Kelly. I've played quarterback for coach Kelly, and I've played in this offense before," said Day, a starter at QB for three seasons at New Hampshire when Kelly was the offensive coordinator there. "I'm able to share a little bit of some of my experiences with [Eagles QBs]. " The Eagles gave reporters a rare (NFL-mandated)