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POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 2:02 PM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, and Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley leave a diner in Monday, July 21, 2014, in Greenwich, Conn. (AP)

Gov. Christie’s approval rating remains stable at 44 percent six months after its post-Bridgegate decline, though more New Jersey voters than not say the state is headed in the wrong direction, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll released today.

Forty-one percent of voters disapprove of Christie’s job performance, compared to 44 percent in June, the poll found. The difference is within the poll’s margin of error of 3.6 percentage points..

Christie’s approval rating in the Fairleigh Dickinson poll fell from 61 percent in November – the month of his landslide reelection win – to 48 percent in January, following revelations that a top Christie aide apparently was involved in a plot to snarl traffic at the George Washington Bridge in September.

POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 4:23 PM
FILE - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at the Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" Policy Conference in Washington, June 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Larry Downing, File)

Gov. Christie is spending the day in Iowa, where his presence in the state - home to the first presidential caucus - is stirring speculation about a bid for the White House in 2016.

Christie, who is chairman of the Republican Governors Association, is expected to stump for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad at a restaurant outside Cedar Rapids this afternoon. Tonight, he headlines a fundraiser for Branstad in Davenport. The event, which will feature a speech from Christie, will be open to the press.

Christie was slated to spend the first half of the day at private fundraisers for the RGA and for House Speaker Kraig Paulsen.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 1:43 PM
(Video still from YouTube)

Ominous voiceovers, speeding cars and circling helicopters, and wrestler-turned-actor The Rock walking away from a fiery explosion: All were featured in a video Gov. Christie released Tuesday promoting pension reform -- then pulled from the Internet without explanation that night.

Spokesmen for Christie did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday night on why the video, originally posted on the Republican governor's YouTube channel and publicized in a press release to reporters, was taken down.

The video's yanking, however, didn't prevent another YouTube user from first posting it here. In the video, clips of the governor calling for further changes to the state pension system – the specifics still unannounced – are spliced together with action-movie theatrics and a deep-voiced narrator warning, “Hang on to your seats.”

POSTED: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 1:03 PM

Gov. Christie is polling on par with other Republicans considered to be possible presidential candidates in 2016, though Democratic former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would top each of them in a hypothetical matchup, according to a Quinnipiac poll released today.

Among Republican or Republican-leaning voters surveyed in the poll, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul earned 11 percent of the vote, followed by Christie, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee at 10 percent each. Taking 8 percent of the vote each were Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

When compared to Clinton, the leading Republicans in the crowded field trail by 7 to 9 point margins, the poll found. Clinton's margin over Christie among all voters polled was 47 to 38 percent, though among independent voters, Christie topped Clinton, 42 to 40 percent.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 2:16 PM

Gov. Christie gave no opinion today when asked about a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that corporations controlled by religious families could refuse to pay for contraception for employees, saying on a cable news program that “who knows” if the court is right.

“The fact is that when you’re an executive, your Supreme Court makes a ruling and you got to live with it unless you can get the legislative body to change the law or change the Constitution,” Christie said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” according to a transcript. “The point is, why should I give an opinion on whether they’re right or wrong?”

The court, taking up cases brought by craft-supply chain Hobby Lobby and a Lancaster county cabinet maker, ruled 5-4 Monday that an Affordable Care Act requirement that employers provide contraception coverage to workers violated a federal religious-freedom law.

POSTED: Monday, June 30, 2014, 3:18 PM

Gov. Christie is facing heat from public-sector unions for slashing payments into New Jersey's pension system to balance the state budget, but the battle hasn’t drawn much interest from the public, according to a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll released today.

The poll also found that the Republican governor’s approval rating – 50 percent among New Jersey residents, and 49 percent among the state's registered voters – was nearly unchanged since April and February, after tumbling in the wake of January’s Bridgegate revelations.

In a more recent controversy confronting Christie, 49 percent of those polled had no opinion on his plan to reduce scheduled payments into the pension system, while 57 percent had no opinion on whether the governor had other options for making the payments, the poll found.

POSTED: Friday, June 20, 2014, 1:40 PM

WASHINGTON – Gov. Christie highlighted his pro-life views before a gathering of religious conservatives here Friday, calling Democrats the intolerant party on an issue that he rarely emphasizes in New Jersey.

But Christie also linked his pro-life views some familiar territory, saying that valuing life also means taking a less punitive approach to drug addiction and boosting education for all children.

“I believe if you’re pro life, as I am, you need to be pro life for the whole life,” Christie told around 400 conservative activists at a conference hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition. “You can’t just afford to be pro-life when the human being is in the womb.”

POSTED: Friday, June 13, 2014, 8:43 PM
FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2014 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Manahawkin, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Gov. Christie does not have ties to organized crime. He thinks immigration reform will require “strong action by the President and a spirit of cooperation in Congress.” And as for his favorite character on MTV's Jersey Shore, he doesn’t have one, because “they don’t deserve it.”

Christie gave those answers, and others, during a Facebook chat Friday night. The governor, who spent Friday in San Francisco fundraising for the Republican Governors Association, visited Facebook headquarters and apparently hobknobbed with Facebook execs Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg.

The governor, who fields questions from the public on a regular radio program in New Jersey and at town-hall-style events, was berated by some opponents in the chat. Most he ignored – of the nearly 400 questions received, Christie answered about 30 – but at times, he tossed out a comeback.

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