Friday, February 12, 2016

POSTED: Monday, February 8, 2016, 3:48 PM

HAMPSTEAD, N.H.—Snow and protest whirled outside as Gov. Christie made one of his final pitches to New Hampshire voters in a coffeehouse here Monday, drawing sharper distinctions with two rival governors on the day before the presidential primary.

In contrasting to governing a Democratic-controlled Legislature in New Jersey, Christie said John Kasich had only had to contend with Republicans in Ohio: “He sends his ideas down the hall, they rubber-stamp them, they send them back, he signs them, and they all have a party, smile, and it’s all great.”

Of Jeb Bush, Christie said the former Florida governor’s experience dated to “over a decade ago." Electing him would be like “if Peyton Manning retires, and then 10 years from now goes back into the Super Bowl," Christie said.

POSTED: Friday, February 5, 2016, 9:11 AM
Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie speaks at the White Rock Senior Living Community on Feb. 3, 2016, in Bow, New Hampshire. (Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

NASHUA, N.H. — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to endorse Gov. Christie ahead of Tuesday’s New Hampshire presidential primary.

A Republican with high approval ratings, Baker was elected in 2014 – one of several GOP governors to win in blue states during Christie's tenure as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Christie’s campaign has not formally announced the endorsement, which was reported Thursday night by the Boston Globe and confirmed by a source Friday. A message left with Baker's press office wasn't immediately returned.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 12:21 PM
Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie meets with attendees during a campaign stop Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Hopkinton, N.H. ((AP Photo / Matt Rourke))

EPPING, N.H.—Writing off his 2 percent finish in Iowa as “what I expected,” Gov. Christie on Tuesday ripped into a rival claiming momentum from the caucuses, belittling Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as “the boy in the bubble” who couldn’t withstand tough press questions.

“He wants to say this race is over, and it’s all him? It seems to me he should have to stand across from you and answer your questions,” Christie told reporters Tuesday morning in Bedford, N.H., where he rallied volunteers ahead of next week’s New Hampshire primary.

Describing Rubio as “constantly scripted and controlled,” Christie said it was time for the senator to “man up, and step up and stop letting all of his handlers write his speeches ... Because that’s what they do. But that’s what you have to do, for someone who’s never done anything in their life."

POSTED: Sunday, January 24, 2016, 10:25 AM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, right, listen to a briefing on a snowstorm during a visit to the New Jersey Department of Transportation Traffic Management and Technology Center, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Woodbridge, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Gov. Christie said in a national television interview Sunday that his response to the weekend’s storm should remind New Jerseyans of his leadership – and prompt Americans to consider him for president.

Asked on CNN’s State of the Union about his low approval ratings in New Jersey, Christie said residents “saw yesterday what strong, effective leadership can do for a state in the midst of a crisis.” A Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind poll this month found 31 percent of New Jersey voters approved of his job performance.

“What you see in New Jersey today are results. And that’s why the people of the United States should strongly consider supporting me for president,” said Christie, who left the campaign trail in New Hampshire to return to New Jersey for the storm. “When the chips are down, I deliver.”

POSTED: Thursday, January 21, 2016, 12:10 PM
Gov. Christie, campaigning in New Hampshire, said Atlantic City must “deal with all the mistakes that their elected officials have made.” Mayor Don Guardian said the city cooperated with state monitors. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

CHESTER, N.H. -- With a storm threatening to slam New Jersey this weekend, Gov. Christie said Thursday he isn’t planning on leaving the campaign trail.

“I don’t plan to,” Christie said during a stop at the Olde Post Restaurant here. "But if circumstances warrant, you always do that.” He said "at this point, it's too speculative to know."

“We’ve gone through this rodeo a bunch of times before. We know how to do it,” said Christie, who is scheduled to be in New Hampshire through Monday. He said the state was "preparing for the worst," and that he “gave everybody their assignments” during a call Wednesday night.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 10:56 PM
Republican presidential candidates Gov. Christie (left) and Donald Trump. (AP, Getty)

When, exactly, is Gov. Christie planning to go after Donald Trump?

“When I think it makes sense to,” Christie said at a town-hall meeting Wednesday night in Derry, N.H.

Christie was responding to a woman who characterized Trump as having “nothing to say” and – after referring to Christie as a “gumba” – asked when the governor was “going to take the gloves off and start smacking him around.” Some in the Gilbert H. Hood Middle School cafeteria applauded.

POSTED: Monday, January 18, 2016, 4:19 PM
Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a town hall at Village Inn restaurant Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Siding with a boy who bemoaned the absence of “square pizza” and other favorite lunch foods since Michelle Obama became first lady, Gov. Christie said at an Iowa pancake house Monday that if he becomes president, students will eat “whatever you want.”

“The first lady has no business being involved in this,” Christie said during a town-hall meeting at the Village Inn in Council Bluffs. “This intervention into our school system is just another example of how the Obamas believe they have a better answer for everything than you do.”

Parents should decide what their children eat, Christie said. “I want people to eat more healthy – I’ve been trying to eat more healthy – but in the end it’s your choice,” he said.

POSTED: Sunday, January 17, 2016, 8:55 PM

Campaigning in Iowa over the weekend, Gov. Christie wouldn’t say whether he supports Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s plan for a state takeover of Atlantic City. But he said the local government hadn’t done enough to turn around the beleaguered Shore resort’s finances.

“We now need to get the government under control in Atlantic City,” Christie said after a town-hall meeting in Fort Dodge.

“The government in Atlantic City – and I’ve said this under the previous mayor, many times, and the current council. They cannot control themselves to do the job the right way,” Christie said. “It’s causing them to be an enormous debt, outrageous contracts that they give to their public sector workers, that is leading that city to bankruptcy.

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