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POSTED: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 9:54 AM

Calling in this morning to a Philadelphia sports radio show, Gov. Christie gave his first live interview since the George Washington Bridge controversy erupted three weeks ago.

But the Republican governor faced no questions on the Angelo Cataldi show on 94WIP about the allegations that have clouded the start of his second term. Hosts said ground rules were set, and the conversation with Christie, which followed a discussion with a Playboy model about Friday' s Wing Bowl, would stick to sports and the Super Bowl.

With the Super Bowl in East Rutherford on Sunday, Christie talked about the state 's safety preparations and its rivalry with New York - the two NFL teams with New York in front of their names actually play in New Jersey - and the precedent this weekend's event could set for other cold-weather cities looking to host a Super Bowl, including Philadelphia.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 6:23 PM

Gov. Christie’s favorability ratings have taken a slide nationally following revelations about the apparent involvement of aides in creating gridlock at the George Washington Bridge, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey shows.

According to the survey results, which were released Tuesday, 22 percent of Americans view Christie positively, while 29 percent view him negatively. The results are a reversal from the findings of an NBC/WSJ survey in October, when the Republican governor was viewed positively by 33 percent of Americans and negatively by 17 percent.

Christie’s favorability has particularly tumbled among Democrats, with 15 percent viewing him positively and 37 percent negatively, according to Fred Yang of Hart Research Associates, which conducted the survey with Public Opinion Strategies. In the earlier October survey, 30 percent of Democrats felt positively about Christie, and 17 percent felt negatively.

POSTED: Thursday, January 23, 2014, 6:24 PM
During the inaugural address he will give today to mark the start of his second term, Gov. Christie plans to advocate a philosophy of limited government while touting compromise as a means to effect change, according to excerpts of the speech released by his office. (AP Photo/Mel Evans/File)

“What’s it like to be governor?” “What kind of work do you do?” “What’s your favorite sport?”

Two weeks after the epic news conference in which he announced the dismissals of a top aide and close political adviser implicated in a scandal over George Washington Bridge gridlock, Gov. Christie fielded a series of very different questions Thursday from a group of grade school students in Camden.

Standing in the center of the cafeteria at the Dudley Family School, walking a microphone from student to student, the Republican governor – who was visiting Camden to promote a new after-school dinner program – took questions about how much he worked (10-12 hours a day, “sometimes more”), his favorite movie (The Godfather, but “you’re a little too young … Wait until you’re seventeen, my man. Lots of life lessons in there”), and his favorite fifth-grade class ("Social studies was my favorite subject in the fifth grade. Absolutely”).

POSTED: Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 4:16 PM
New Jersey Govenor Chris Christie delivers his State of the State address beofre the New Jersey State Assembly on Tuesday January 14, 2013. ( MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer )

As Gov. Christie’s administration faces allegations of political retribution, his favorability rating among New Jerseyans has fallen 19 points since before his blowout reelection win in November, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released Wednesday.

The Republican governor’s favorability rating fell from 65 percent to 46 percent — and dropped 26 points among Democrats — in the poll conducted Jan. 14 through 19, entering the second week of controversy surrounding the apparent involvement of Christie allies in a plot to create gridlock at the George Washington Bridge.

“Other polls taken immediately after the bridge scandal broke showed relatively small effects,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton poll and a political science professor at Rutgers University. A Monmouth University poll released Jan. 13 found Christie’s job approval rating had taken “a slight hit,” dropping to 59 percent from 65 percent in December.

POSTED: Saturday, January 18, 2014, 11:26 AM

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer is claiming she was threatened by the Christie administration to push through a particular development project in exchange for Sandy relief money.

In an interview this morning on MSNBC, Zimmer told Steve Kornacki that Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno "pulled me aside in a parking lot" after a visit to Hoboken and made clear that the development project was tied to Sandy funding.

Zimmer said Guadagno told her: "'I know it's not right, I know these things should not be connected, but they are. And if you tell anyone, I'll deny it.'"

POSTED: Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 5:09 PM

Attempting to move past the turmoil surrounding the ongoing George Washington Bridge scandal, Gov. Christie delivered a State of the State address Tuesday, emphasizing bipartisanship and “an attitude of choice” to guide future decision-making.

“No state in this country has shown more bipartisan cooperation over the last four years than New Jersey,” Christie said, after touting the 2 percent cap on property taxes and teacher tenure reform enacted during his first term.

The state cannot afford every worthy proposal that comes forward, Christie said. “It is not about choosing everything … (but) choosing to invest in New Jersey where it matters,” he said.

POSTED: Sunday, January 12, 2014, 12:09 PM
Traffic crosses the George Washington Bridge from in Fort Lee, N.J., on Saturday. (RICHARD DREW / Associated Press)

Bridgegate topped many of the Sunday morning talk shows, as politicians in Trenton and Washington discussed revelations that aides to Gov. Christie plotted to shut down access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September to punish the Democratic mayor of a nearby Bergen County borough for not endorsing the Republican governor for reelection.

Last week, Christie fired his deputy chief of staff after documents emerged showing she had ordered one of the governor’s appointees at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to cause “traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Christie also severed ties with his campaign manager.

On Sunday, Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the Democratic chair of the transportation committee leading the investigation into the lane closures, said “it strains credibility” that Christie’s advisers who were involved in or aware of the situation did not let him know about it.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 7:24 PM
Gov. Christie: How will he get along with New Jersey's Democratic-controlled Legislature? (ROSS D. FRANKLIN / Associated Press, File)

Will Gov. Christie do battle with New Jersey’s Democrat-controlled Legislature when his second term begins in January, tacking to the right to prepare for an anticipated presidential bid? Or is the Republican governor already in a solid position to seek his party’s nomination?

Republican and Democratic strategists debated that question while discussing the upcoming legislative session today at a forum hosted by the New Jersey Business Industry Association at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin.

To curry favor with conservatives, Christie “is going to have to move drastically to the right,” said Julie Roginsky, a Fox News contributor who was a consultant to Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s campaign. She predicted “complete loggerheads” with Democrats in the Legislature.

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