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June 12, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
A POLITICAL-action committee set up to help Gov. Corbett win re-election received nearly $1 million from a billionaire casino investor barred from making political contributions in Pennsylvania. The Republican Governors Association, chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, reported receiving $1 million for its federal political-action committee on Dec. 31 from Sheldon Adelson, CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. The group immediately moved $987,844 of Adelson's money into its "RGA Pennsylvania 2014 PAC," according to a state campaign-finance report filed Jan. 31. Pennsylvania's gaming law prohibits casino owners in the state from making contributions to candidates for state office or political-action committees in Pennsylvania.
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February 7, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THE COMMON political theory: Gov. Corbett and his Republican allies are pulling for U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz to win the Democratic nomination to face him in the Nov. 4 general election. The thinking: Corbett stands a good chance to defeat Schwartz, so the Republicans mostly ignore the six other Democrats in the May 20 primary election. The problem: That led the Republican Governors Association, headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, to paint itself into an odd political corner yesterday.
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December 8, 1986 | Paul Horvitz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Republican governors yesterday defended President Reagan's steps to bring out the facts in the Iran-Nicaragua arms affair, but said it was too early to pass judgment on his handling of the matter. Many of the governors, who gathered here on the eve of the annual meeting of the Republican Governors Association, sidestepped questions about the gravity of the affair and its potential political impact. "A great deal of movement has taken place," said Gov. John H. Sununu of New Hampshire, the departing chairman of the governors association.
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July 4, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Candidates seeking state offices in November have raised $52 million this cycle - nearly double the amount raised in 2009 - in part because of the greater involvement of outside groups, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC). The comparison is not perfect: Gov. Jon S. Corzine, a former Wall Street executive, spent much more of his own money than he raised in his failed 2009 reelection bid, and the Senate did not hold elections that year.
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June 12, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Republican Governors Association transferred nearly $1 million to its Pennsylvania political action committee from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a blunder that appears to breach the state's gaming act, records show. "We made it crystal clear from the beginning that any contributions that we made could not be allocated to Pennsylvania," Ron Reese, an Adelson spokesman, told The Inquirer. Pennsylvania law bars casino owners and executives from giving to candidates, political parties or committees.
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April 18, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
The law firm that produced the report that said Gov. Christie was clear of wrongdoing in the George Washington Bridge controversy recently donated $10,000 to the Republican Governors Association (RGA), which Christie leads. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher made the donation to the RGA on March 18, according to IRS filings made public Tuesday. The donation came nine days before the firm released its report on Christie's administration. Christie has been chairman of the RGA since November, traveling out of New Jersey to drum up donations for fellow Republican governors.
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December 10, 1986 | By Paul Horvitz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Kean, taking the reins as chairman of the reinvigorated Republican Governors Association, challenged his fellow Republican governors yesterday to make education reform their first priority. Kean returned to a theme he has stressed often in New Jersey and in national forums - the need for a wholesale restructuring of the nation's educational system. "Reforming education is probably the most important thing that you and I can do in our terms as governors," Kean told the annual meeting of GOP governors in his most substantive remarks of the conference.
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November 16, 2012 | By Philip Elliott, Associated Press
LAS VEGAS - Top Republicans meeting for the first time since Election Day say the party failed to unseat President Obama because nominee Mitt Romney did not respond to criticism strongly enough or outline a specific agenda with a broad appeal. In conversations at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Las Vegas, a half-dozen party leaders predicted the GOP would lose again if it kept running the same playbook based on platitudes in place of detailed policies. Instead, these leaders asserted, the party needs to learn the lessons from its loss, respect voters' savvy, and put forward an agenda that appeals beyond the white, male voters who are its base.
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August 28, 2012
TAMPA - Governors are front and center at this week's Republican National Convention - the party's national stars, given prominent speaking roles, ferried in town cars from one delegation hotel to another. For the last several years, governors have helped define the Republican Party brand and set its agenda, and nearly a dozen state chief execs are scheduled to address the delegates from the podium. At the top of the list: New Jersey Gov. Christie, who is to give the convention keynote speech Tuesday.
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February 7, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
CONCORD, N.H. - Gov. Christie picked up the endorsement Friday of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a popular Republican from just south of the state that will host the first presidential primary Tuesday. The backing from Baker comes as new polls show Christie trailing key rivals in New Hampshire for likely GOP primary voters. The endorsement "should tell people in New Hampshire two things: First is that governors recognize how important it is to have a governor as the next nominee," Christie said Friday after a town-hall meeting in Stratham.
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February 18, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
CONCORD, N.H. - Leo Ouellette, a retired mailman from New Hampshire, is a fan of Gov. Christie's brash personality. But that does not necessarily mean he'll vote for Christie in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. While Ouellette, 72, likes Christie - "I don't want a wimp," he said Monday, a cup of coffee in front of him, at the Windmill Restaurant in Concord - he also likes Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. "I'm wide open," Ouellette said. So, too, is the field of prospective Republican presidential candidates, as viewed by voters, elected officials, and strategists in the state.
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January 4, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie's schedule this month and next includes plans to attend a Lincoln Day dinner in Illinois, inaugurations for governors in Maryland and Florida, and an event in the early presidential nominating state of Iowa. The governor's trips come as he considers a run for the White House in 2016. The travel will be paid for by the New Jersey Republican State Committee, said Mark Sheridan, the party's general counsel. Christie, who traveled the country in 2014 as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, is expected to attend two inaugurations this month for governors he backed in the run-up to November's elections.
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November 21, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
BOCA RATON, Fla. - One veteran of many Republican Governors Association meetings called it "the peacock parade. " Heads turned as at least a half-dozen governors considered potential 2016 presidential candidates swept with their entourages through the colonnaded walks and polished palazzos of a luxury oceanside resort here Wednesday - including, of course, the outgoing chairman of the association, Gov. Christie. "You can see them all profiling," said Charles Breslin, a Philadelphia business consultant who has advised governors and their staffs on health-care issues and is attending the conference.
NEWS
November 6, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
As Republican governors across the country claimed wins Tuesday, so did Gov. Christie. The national face of the effort to elect Republican governors, Christie helped raise $106 million and visited at least 35 states as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. The role allowed him to tout his party's successes - victories in blue states, swing states, and a net gain of two governor's seats - during a blitz of morning-show appearances Wednesday. He also fielded questions about his political ambitions, saying on NBC's Today that he had not decided on a 2016 presidential bid, but he and wife Mary Pat would "have to start talking about that in earnest.
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November 1, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
After shouting down a protester during his lone day this week in New Jersey, Gov. Christie was on the road again Thursday, embarking on a cross-country tour that will send him through a staggering 19 states in four days as he campaigns for candidates ahead of the Nov. 4 elections. The governor's travels as chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), while spanning the country, will include a stop closer to home Sunday night at a rally in Bucks County for Gov. Corbett. On Thursday, Christie traveled to Arizona before appearing in New Mexico with Gov. Susana Martinez, who stood beside him as he addressed Wednesday's "sit-down-and-shut-up" takedown of a Hurricane Sandy protester.
NEWS
October 26, 2014 | By Ben Finley and Tom Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writers
In the final two weeks of Pennsylvania's gubernatorial campaign, Democrat Tom Wolf and Republican Gov. Corbett have ended up with roughly the same amount of money to spend - not counting any new fund-raising - which bodes well for Wolf as he continues to lead in the polls. Wolf reported about $3 million cash on hand and Corbett about $3.2 million, according to Friday's campaign finance reports, the last to be filed before the Nov. 4 election. "They can neutralize each other's efforts in the home stretch, at least in terms of ad volume," said Chris Borick, a political science professor at Muhlenberg College.
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September 30, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Kim Guadagno has toured New Jersey for almost five years as lieutenant governor, visiting hundreds of businesses and attending luncheons, conferences, and groundbreakings. Though her public schedule is busy, the profile of the woman who could succeed Gov. Christie - as early as next year if he resigns to run for president - remains relatively low. That doesn't surprise her. Christie "is the highest-profile governor in this country," Guadagno said in a phone interview last week. "Name me, if you could, any other lieutenant governor in the country.
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September 12, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. - They bashed President Obama, praised each other's leadership, and shared a hug on stage. Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Gov. Christie, who campaigned for Romney in the run-up to the 2012 election, were together again Wednesday - this time at a fund-raiser for the New Jersey Republican Party that doubled as a 52d birthday celebration for Christie. And this time Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, is the one publicly mulling a bid for the Republican nomination in 2016 - though he assured attendees Wednesday night that he was focused on his "main job" as governor.
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September 11, 2014
ISSUE | FRACKING OK to speak up, docs Contrary to your editorial, the Commonwealth Court could not have been clearer with respect to claims that Act 13 contains a gag rule ("Unearthing drilling risks," Sept. 8). Indeed, the court wrote, "Nothing in Act 13 precludes a physician from sharing with other medical providers any trade secrets that are necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of an individual. " Thanks to Gov. Corbett, Pennsylvania remains one of only two states to expressly guarantee that health care professionals receive all chemical information related to the fracking process.
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