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POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 11:07 PM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie shakes hands with Kiki Fornito, during a visit by Christie to Sam's No. 3, a diner in Denver, as Christopher Mouflard, center, joins Fornito for lunch, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Christie, who made to stop to support GOP gubernatorial contender Bob Beauprez, praised Beauprez and said the Republican Governor's Association, which Christie chairs, will help Beauprez in the lead-up to the November election. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Gov. Christie presented himself as both “pro-life” and a tolerant listener during a panel discussion with other Republican governors Thursday night, arguing that Republicans don’t need to avoid social issues to appeal to a broader range of voters.

The party hasn’t lost elections because of a focus on social issues, but because of its “tone and tenor,” Christie said at the Aspen Institute in Colorado. “I think we’re getting pounded because of the way we present ourselves.”

Voters want people “who are authentic and believe what they say is true, but also are willing to be tolerant and listen to others’ points of view,” Christie said.

POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 6:05 PM

Gov. Christie’s statement this week dismissing a New York Republican gubernatorial candidate’s campaign as a “lost cause” prompted the candidate, Rob Astorino, to suggest that Christie step down as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Now the controversy has apparently drawn in several Republican governors – and potential Christie rivals in a 2016 presidential race – who have thrown support to Astorino, the candidate said Thursday. The announcement comes after Christie indicated the RGA would not devote resources to Astorino's campaign against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo has been leading Astorino, the Westchester County executive, in polls by a margin as large as 37 points.

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.

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