Wednesday, March 4, 2015

POSTED: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 9:51 PM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering at a town hall meeting Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Moorestown, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

New Jersey’s fund for road and bridge projects is funded through June 2016 and is “not a crisis,” Gov. Christie said on a radio program Wednesday night.

“This is not something to rush on or rush through,” Christie said on NJ 101.5’s Ask the Governor. “It’s not a crisis at the moment, because we’re funded pretty well now.”

That hasn’t been the characterization of transportation advocates and Democratic lawmakers – or of Christie’s own transportation commissioner, Jamie Fox, who said at his confirmation hearing last fall before the Senate that “we’ve reached the end of the line.”

POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 10:57 AM

Has Gov. Christie found common ground with a longtime foe – the state teachers’ union?

In his budget address today, Christie is expected to announce that the New Jersey Education Association is working with a commission he appointed to recommend changes to the state pension system, though an NJEA official said Monday that the union had not endorsed a plan.

Christie’s speech comes a day after a state court judge ruled that the governor illegally cut a payment into the system that had been mandated by a 2011 law he signed – and has touted as an example of bipartisan leadership.

POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2015, 11:56 AM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's Walk to Washington and Congressional Dinner event at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Gov. Christie will return this week to a forum that allows him to highlight his blunt-talking brand: town-hall-style events.

Christie will hold an event in Moorestown Wednesday, the day after he delivers his budget address to the Legislature. In addition to discussing his budget proposal, Christie will take questions from the audience, according to his office.

The event will mark the Republican governor’s 128th “town hall” – but only his first since August. Christie was on the road in the run-up to the November elections, traveling the country and campaigning for candidates as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 8:50 PM
Gov. Chris Christie. (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)

As he returned to New Hampshire Monday, Gov. Christie listed elements of a possible 2016 platform – including changing the U.S. tax system – to Republicans who will play a role in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary next year.

Christie also attacked President Obama at length on foreign policy, asserting that if he ran for president and were elected, he would "reestablish American leadership around the world." But that wasn't all Christie talked about in Concord, where he spoke at a Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner and took several questions from the crowd. Other topics included:

Common Core: One woman, posing a question to Christie on educational standards, first thanked him for his “strong support” of Common Core – a set of grade-specific goals for K-12 students adopted by most states. The issue has drawn protest from conservatives who see the standards as a loss of local control. Teachers unions, meanwhile, have voiced opposition to tests linked to the standards.

POSTED: Monday, January 26, 2015, 10:24 AM
Gov. Christie called his election victories "living proof " of his ability to bridge the Republican-Democratic divide. (Getty Images)

Gov. Christie and his backers have started a federal political action committee, an official step toward launching a presidential campaign.

The committee – named Leadership Matters for America – allows the Republican governor to raise money, pay for travel and hire staff. Paperwork was filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission, said Bill Palatucci, a close adviser to Christie whose law firm will serve as the committee’s counsel.

Records of the committee did not yet appear on the FEC website Monday morning, though a website has been created. The committee’s formation was first reported early Monday by the Wall Street Journal.

POSTED: Friday, January 23, 2015, 6:58 PM
Chris Christie (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Gov. Christie plans to travel next month to New Hampshire, home of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Mike DuHaime, a political adviser to Christie, confirmed the governor will speak at a Feb. 16 Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner in Concord, N.H. Christie’s expected attendance was first reported Friday by the New Hampshire Journal, which said the governor's appearance was "tentative." Representatives of the Republican groups hosting the event did not return messages.

Christie – who has been weighing a run for president in 2016 and is expected to appear Saturday in Iowa – visited New Hampshire five times last year as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

POSTED: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 6:16 PM
Gov. Chris Christie. (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)

Gov. Christie’s 2013 reelection campaign accumulated $40,000 more in debt last quarter and now owes $800,000 in bills related to the George Washington Bridge scandal, a new filing with the state shows.

The campaign, which has received subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark for records related to September 2013 lane closures at the bridge, owes more than $500,000 to the law firm Patton Boggs.

It also owes nearly $300,000 to the data recovery firm Stroz Friedberg LLC in New York.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 11:23 AM
Gov. Christie gives the State of the State address last week in Trenton. (Tom Gralish / Staff Photographer)

Gov. Christie’s job approval rating is at its worst in almost four years, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll, with more New Jersey voters disapproving than approving.

Forty-six percent of voters surveyed in the poll approved of the Republican governor’s job performance, while 48 percent disapproved. In December, 48 percent surveyed by the poll approved and 47 percent disapproved; in October, that split was 46 percent-45 percent.

The last time Christie’s approval rating topped 50 percent in the poll was last January, in the immediate aftermath of the George Washington Bridge scandal, when the governor registered a 55 percent-38 percent approval rating.

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