Friday, June 14, 2013
The governor follows in the comedic footsteps of his on-again, off-again buddy Barack Obama.
Gov. Chris Christie appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night to break down his decision to “let the people vote” in a special election for Frank Lautenberg’s senate seat. As The Roots laid down a smooth R&B beat, the governor mostly played the straight man to Fallon. Christie “slow jammed” his talking points about the special election and dodged questions about whether he’d announce a run for president. Christie remained poised, good natured, and at times affected a mock-offended tone, as Fallon cracked fat jokes at the guv’s expense during the 5 minute segment. “Now look, I know that this election is going to cost tax payers some money, but these costs can’t be measured against the value of having an elected member of the …
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
The governor has not announced an appointment for Sen. Frank Lautenberg's vacant seat, which will be filled by an Oct. 16 election.
The governor’s race won’t be the only statewide office on New Jersey voters’ minds this year. During a press conference in Trenton Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie called for a special election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of longtime Sen. Frank Lautenberg. A primary will be held Aug. 13, with the special election scheduled for Oct. 16. “Today, we begin the process of guaranteeing the voters of New Jersey have a voice in the process,” Christie said. “The issues the Senate is facing are too important for the people of New Jersey not to have an elected representative who represents the will of the voters.” Christie has not announced an appointment to the seat but said he expects to name one by next week. Christie would not say who …
Gov. Chris Christie has 30 days to announce an appointment, but conflicting state laws could have an election this November or November 2014.
The death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) leaves an open spot in the U.S. Senate, a seat Gov. Chris Christie will appoint a candidate for in the interim. However, when candidates face the voters is not yet known. The U.S. Constitution affords Christie (R) the power to appoint a replacement within the next 30 days, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Christie can appoint either a Democrat or a Republican. New Jersey Office of Legislative Services (OLS) Public Information Office Assistant Director David Inverso said two state statutes offer guidance on when appointments and special elections may occur following a vacancy. These statutes are somewhat in conflict, however. One state statute calls for an election this …
Monday, June 3, 2013
Two Democrats and two Republicans seek votes in their respective primary races Tuesday.
Sporting a sky-high approval rating that's fluctuated between the high 60s and low 70s percentile during New Jersey's recovery in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Chris Christie has more than a fair chance at re-election in the upcoming gubernatorial race this fall. His opponents, however, are hoping that public opinion proves to be fickle. In Tuesday's primary election, two Democratic candidates are seeking approval to face off against Christie in the next election under the party banner. On the Republican side of the ballot, Christie is facing a primary challenge from an opponent who believes the governor has failed to adhere to the sense of conservatism and small government demanded by Republican ideals. For the Democrats, frontrunner…
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
President and Gov. Christie greet cheering crowd in rain.
President Obama checked out a record-breaking sand castle, played a football boardwalk game and "high-fived" lots of kids during a short visit to Point Pleasant Beach early Tuesday afternoon before speaking in Asbury Park. The message from Obama and Gov. Chris Christie was clear: The Jersey Shore is back and open for business, but there is more work to be done. "I came back to let people know we're going to keep going until the job is done," Obama said in a short speech to the crowd who gathered along the boardwalk and beachfront in Asbury. Obama delivered his remarks in front of Convention Hall. "When I was here seven months ago, Sandy had just hit, but you kept going...The Jersey Shore is back in business, but the work is not over," …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
This will be Obama's first visit to Shore since just after Sandy.
President Obama and Gov. Christie will visit the Jersey Shore on Tuesday, according to The Record in Bergen County. This will be Obama's first visit to the area since Oct. 31, just after the storm struck. A full itinerary of the visit was not available. More information can be found here.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Harry, Christie survey the damage and have some fun.
Britain's Prince Harry did what most people do on a sunny, spring day in Seaside Heights – take in the ocean views, then play some boardwalk games. Harry came to Seaside Heights with Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday morning after the two toured destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy in Mantoloking. The pair drove south on Route 35 and entered the boardwalk at Grant Avenue where crowds of people were waiting for their arrival. "Prince Harry, we love you," shouted one small girl who was holding a welcome sign. Standing next to her was an Elvis Presley impersonator, hoping to attract some attention of his own from the prince. Harry and Christie were greeted by local officials, who escorted the pair out to Casino Pier, the site of the now-famous …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Governor chides reporters for obsessing about 'silly,' 'shallow' subject, says he is not a role model
Gov. Chris Christie reluctantly fielded reporters’ questions Tuesday about his February Lap-Band surgery, but said he would not be providing the public with any news as he heads towards his weight-loss goal, which he pointedly refused to disclose. "This is it. You ask me any more questions about this, I’m not answering,” Christie said during a groundbreaking ceremony at a Newark vocational high school. "I’m not going to be giving you all updates as this goes along. ... I’m not giving people a day-by-day, week-by-week, blow by blow," he said, adding, "I don’t care to be a role model for anyone. This is an intensely personal issue." The governor told the New York Post Monday night he’d had Lap-Band surgery in February because of concerns …
Governor tells New York Post that Lap-Band procedure was done at the urging of his family. An NYU doctor made house calls to Christie's Mendham home to not draw attention to the surgery.
Gov. Chris Christie underwent stomach-shrinking Lap-Band surgery in February, he confirmed to the New York Post on Monday night while refuting speculation that he was slimming down for a White House run in 2016. Christie quietly had the Lap-Band — or laparoscopic adjustable gastric binding —procedure done in a New York hospital, telling the paper that he agreed to the surgery at the urging of his family after turning 50 in September. Sean Conner, a spokesperson for Christie, confirmed the story to Patch Tuesday. The governor insisted that the Lap-Band was not inserted to help him lose weight in the run-up to 2016. "I know it sounds crazy to say that running for president is minor, but in the grand scheme of things, it was looking at Mary …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The $1.2 million ad buy shows road to New Jerseyans' optimism in their state.
In Gov. Chris Christie's first television ad of his 2013 re-election campaign, the governor's leadership style is credited for renewing New Jersey residents' pride in their state after years of overtaxation and too much government spending. "Jersey Proud" shows how bipartisan reforms have helped "to strengthen New Jersey's future," according to the Christie campaign.