Sunday, July 5, 2015

POSTED: Friday, July 3, 2015, 12:58 PM
Gov. Chris Christie high-fives supporters in the Livingston High School after announcing his candidacy for the GOP nomination for president on June 30, 2015. (CLEM MURRAY/Staff Photographer)

His support at home has waned, but Gov. Christie doesn’t think the love is lost between him and New Jerseyans.

“I have a long history with the people of New Jersey,” Christie said Friday, standing outside MaryAnn’s Diner in Derry, N.H., where he announced his third non-New Jersey endorsement since declaring his presidential candidacy Tuesday. “Folks have to get used to this new role I’m playing.”

While he said his “first priority” was being governor and pledged to spend as much time in the state as needed to do his job, Christie said Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno “has always filled in very ably for me.”

POSTED: Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 10:14 AM
Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Philadelphia on Friday, June 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

As he nears a presidential decision, Gov. Christie’s approval rating at home has fallen to 30 percent in a new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll.

The poll, released Tuesday, found 55 percent of New Jersey registered voters disapproved of Christie. The ratings represent a drop since April, when 36 percent of voters approved and 50 percent disapproved.

Another gap grew on the question of whether voters like both the Republican governor and his policies. While 24 percent said they did, 39 percent disliked both, the widest gulf the poll has recorded. In February, 29 percent liked both Christie and his policies, and 35 percent disliked both.

POSTED: Monday, June 22, 2015, 3:06 PM
Gov. Christie hasn’t announced whether he’s running for president, but the political operation backing him is continuing to grow. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Gov. Christie hasn’t announced whether he’s running for president, but the political operation backing him is continuing to grow.

The Leadership Matters for America political action committee disclosed Monday that it had hired two new staffers in New Hampshire, bringing the number of on-the-ground staff in the state that holds the first presidential primary -- and where Christie has made repeat trips in recent weeks -- to four.

America Leads, a super PAC supporting Christie, has also hired more people, according to a news release that went out Monday. A dozen people are now working with the super PAC, many as consultants, according to a spokesman.

POSTED: Friday, June 19, 2015, 11:58 AM
Republican presidential hopeful, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on June 2, 2015. (Steve Nesius / Reuters)

Gov. Christie struck a tough tone on terrorism, trumpeted his opposition to Planned Parenthood funding and called for prayer in the wake of the Charleston shootings while addressing a conservative conference in Washington Friday.

“Laws can’t change this,” Christie said of Wednesday’s massacre at a Charleston church. "Only the goodwill and the love of the American people can let those folks know that that act was unacceptable, disgraceful. That we need to do more to show we love each other."

The Republican governor, appearing at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference, played up his background as New Jersey’s U.S. attorney after the Sept. 11 attacks, claiming experience using U.S. intelligence tools to combat terrorism.

POSTED: Sunday, June 14, 2015, 4:05 PM
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses VA Consumer Electronics Association during a Leadership Series discussion at the Ritz-Carlton on May 1, 2015, in McLean, Virginia. ( Olivier Douliery / Getty Images )

Gov. Christie attacked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as out-of-touch and said he’d be more “combat-ready” than Republican rival Jeb Bush during an interview Sunday morning on ABC’s “This Week.”

Christie, who has yet to throw his hat in the presidential ring, said his experience with a Democratic legislature in New Jersey distinguished him from the former Florida governor, who is expected to announce a 2016 run Monday.

“He had a legislature of his own party. It’s a much different thing,” Christie said, adding he had “great respect” for Bush.

POSTED: Friday, June 12, 2015, 9:01 PM
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers smiles in the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors during Game Three of the 2015 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Getty Images)

Gov. Christie, who drew ethics questions for taking tickets to Dallas Cowboys games last season from team owner Jerry Jones, attended another big game this week without picking up the tab.

Instead, his federal political action committee paid his expenses to attend Tuesday’s NBA Finals game in Cleveland, where he was spotted sitting near the court with Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer:

POSTED: Thursday, June 11, 2015, 3:12 PM
Maria Comella, communications director, with Gov. Chris Christie.

As Gov. Christie nears a decision on a 2016 presidential run, one of the governor’s top aides is leaving the administration to join his political action committee.

Maria Comella, Christie’s deputy chief of staff for communications and planning, will serve as a senior adviser to Christie’s Leadership Matters for America political action committee, which has been arranging events for the governor in early presidential contest states. The move was reported Thursday by the New York Times and confirmed by a spokeswoman for the committee.

Comella’s last day in the administration will be Friday, said Kevin Roberts, a spokesman for Christie. He did not respond to a question on who would fill her role.

POSTED: Sunday, June 7, 2015, 1:19 PM
Gov. Christie criticized Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a interview on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday, refuting her remarks last week that he had sought to restrict voter turnout in New Jersey.

Gov. Christie criticized Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a national television interview that aired Sunday, refuting her remarks last week that he had sought to restrict voter turnout in New Jersey.

In an interview Sunday on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” – which also touched on his position on the Patriot Act, his handling of New Jersey’s fiscal troubles and his change of heart on Common Core – the Republican governor said the former secretary of state “doesn’t know what she’s talking about,” and that New Jerseyans had “plenty of an opportunity to vote.”

“I don’t want to expand it and increase the opportunities for fraud,” Christie said, adding “maybe that’s what Mrs. Clinton wants to do, I don’t know.”

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