April 26, 2014 |
BRICK, N.J. In yet another community ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Christie on Thursday held his 120th town-hall meeting since taking office a little over four years ago, for an audience of nearly 500 people gathered in the gym of an elementary school. And the crowd was mostly friendly - composed mainly of adults over 40 and schoolchildren - who listened for more than 90 minutes to the governor discuss why he holds the forums, how much he loves New Jersey, and a story or two about his late mother.
April 11, 2014 |
FAIRFIELD, N.J. - The same few questions appear to be following Gov. Christie from town to town. At the governor's 118th town-hall meeting Wednesday, at Winston Churchill Elementary School in Fairfield, Essex County, those in attendance yet again confronted the governor about his stance on medical marijuana, as well as his decision to veto a bill that would have outlawed pig-gestation crates, a factory farming tool that the Humane Society describes as...
March 15, 2014 |
After touting a slowdown in the growth of property taxes during his administration, Gov. Christie was confronted with heckling - some of it affiliated with a liberal group - during a town-hall meeting Thursday in Mount Laurel. Police ejected at least five people from the event at the Burlington County YMCA after they stood and shouted at the Republican governor. To the first heckler - who continued after getting booed by the crowd - Christie paused from answering a question about education funding to say, "Either sit down and keep quiet, or get out. One or the other.
February 22, 2014 |
PORT MONMOUTH, N.J. - If people were expecting the bridge scandal or other controversies consuming Gov. Christie's second term to be the focus of his first town hall since June, that was not what faced Christie inside a VFW hall Thursday in a town roughed up by Sandy. Instead, Christie was inundated by questions from people consumed by their own difficult and personal problems - most of them Sandy victims, deep in the weeds of a protracted rebuilding process, many with lost or damaged homes.
June 2, 2013 |
HONEA PATH, S.C. - Four years after the summer of rage that fueled the tea party movement, the political circuit is much quieter - even in Republican bastions like this. It's not clear whether conservatives who rallied against President Obama's health-care overhaul during raucous town hall meetings are tired, wary, complacent, or simply saving their strength for a big push in next year's elections. Whatever the reason, the more muted tone was palpable as conservative lawmakers in South Carolina fanned out across their state to meet with constituents last week during the first congressional break since the disclosure that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny.
January 18, 2013 |
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. - They began on stages, in front of small crowds, and starred a new governor selling his tax policies to constituents. Nearly three years later, Gov. Christie's town hall meetings are theaters-in-the-round with soundtracks, videos, and huge audiences. They are communications juggernauts that have helped propel Christie from rookie leader of a medium-sized state to potential Republican presidential candidate. On Wednesday at his 100th town hall meeting, held in a church gymnasium in this Ocean County town, Christie served up many of the same jokes and the theatrics that audiences in all 21 counties have experienced since February 2010.
October 13, 2012 |
State Sen. Diane Allen (R., Burlington) was backstage Thursday afternoon with Gov. Christie as he made his way into the gymnasium of the Mount Laurel YMCA for the 96th town hall of his term. "She saw the dazed look in my eyes. She goes, 'Governor, it's Thursday, and you're in New Jersey,' " Christie recounted in his opening remarks on stage. The Republican governor had just returned to the business of gritty New Jersey politics after a two-day swing through Ohio for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and six weeks of on-again, off-again campaigning for U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidates in eight other states.
September 21, 2012 |
Gov. Corbett was repeatedly interrupted by protesters during a town-hall meeting Wednesday night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art organized by a talk-radio host. WPHT's Dom Giordano ended the event a half-hour earlier than its planned 90 minutes when it became clear that Corbett could not answer questions without being shouted at inside Van Pelt Auditorium. Police removed more than 10 people from the meeting. At one point, protesters interrupted the program for seven minutes.
February 3, 2012 |
DENVILLE, N.J. - The crowd was familiar and friendly, and Gov. Christie seemed to soak up the energy. Speaking in a charter school's packed gymnasium, the governor bragged that he had Democrats fighting with him not over spending money, but over cutting spending. "To have Democrats arguing with me about which taxes to cut, I feel like I have died and gone to heaven," the governor said at his town hall at Morris County School of Technology in his home county. He noted that despite cutting education money, test scores in the state remained high overall.
December 6, 2011 |
Medford Mayor Chris Myers, plagued by allegations of a sex scandal involving a male escort, cited "work commitments" when he resigned Monday. He did not elaborate about those commitments in the letter he submitted to the town clerk and manager. Shortly after the scandal broke in late October, Myers stopped returning calls for comment and began missing town meetings. Myers, a Republican and a family man, was vice president of international business development at Lockheed Martin's Moorestown campus before being placed on administrative leave last month.