Sunday, December 21, 2014

POSTED: Friday, November 14, 2014, 2:20 PM

Gov. Christie’s temperament has drawn plenty of scrutiny since he told a protester at a Hurricane Sandy anniversary event in Belmar last month to “sit down and shut up.”

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.), for one, said people “want a little more civility and discourse” in politics.

Now Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who may compete against Christie for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, is chiming in.

POSTED: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 10:40 PM
Gov. Christie prepares to cast his vote in the midterm elections Tuesday at the Emergency Services Building in Mendham Twp., N.J. (JEFF ZELEVANSKY / Getty Images)

Gov. Christie's cross-country travels as chairman of the Republican Governors Association – including a five-day, 19-state campaign push before Tuesday’s elections – served as “a good trial run” for his family on what a presidential campaign might be like, he said on a radio program Thursday night

Physically, he said, he was fine: “I don’t need a lot of sleep. I did pretty well,” Christie said on NJ 101.5’s “Ask the Governor” program. He said he found the process gave him adrenaline, and said his son, Andrew, who traveled with him while on a break from college, had told him: “You are a machine.”

Christie, who said he was still “flying high” from the wins by Republican governors, repeated that he would make a decision about running for president on his own timetable.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 9:19 AM

Gov. Christie said on NBC’s “Today” show this morning that he didn’t deserve the credit for the strong showing by Republicans in gubernatorial races Tuesday night.

“It’s about our candidates,” said a slightly hoarse-sounding Christie, who on Monday capped off a five-day, 19-state tour as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. “It’s not about me.”

But that didn’t stop him from taking a victory lap on the morning shows today, with additional appearances on CBS, ABC, Fox News and CNN.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 12:57 PM

Maine officials say they are seeking legal authority to enforce their quarantine of the nurse who protested her three-day detainment in New Jersey upon her return last week from treating Ebola patients in West Africa.

Kaci Hickox, who was released by New Jersey Monday after she tested negative for Ebola over the weekend, is now in Fort Kent, Maine, and has stated she will not comply with a voluntary quarantine there, Maine Gov. Paul LePage said in a statement Wednesday.

LePage’s office has been working with Maine health officials “to seek legal authority to enforce the quarantine,” according to the statement.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:01 AM
In this Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 photograph, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question as he addresses a gathering over the state's preparedness for Ebola treatment at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Gov. Christie said in an interview with NBC's "Today" Show Tuesday that he had not backed down from his Ebola quarantine policy by releasing a nurse who had protested her confinement in a New Jersey hospital.

The governor also continued to defend the requirement of 21-day quarantines for health care workers who have been in contact with Ebola patients, dismissing criticism from national health officials that the policy he announced late last week went too far.

"We're not moving an inch," Christie said.

The nurse released Monday, Kaci Hickox, had called her detainment at University Hospital in Newark “inhumane,” arguing that there was no need to hold her after she arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport last Friday on her way back from treating Ebola patients in West Africa.

POSTED: Monday, October 27, 2014, 9:56 AM
A photo of Kaci Hickox overseas, courtesy of the University of Texas at Arlington. (UTA)

The nurse who has protested her mandatory quarantine in New Jersey after working with Ebola patients is being released to Maine, Gov. Christie’s administration announced this morning.

Kaci Hickox, who tested negative for Ebola on Saturday, has remained symptom-free for 24 hours, the New Jersey Department of Health said in a statement. The nurse, who has been held in isolation since landing at Newark Liberty International Airport Friday, asked to go to Maine and will be taken there via private carrier, the health department said.

She will remain subject to New Jersey’s mandatory quarantine order until she leaves the state, the department said.

POSTED: Sunday, October 26, 2014, 6:57 PM

Gov. Christie on Sunday defended his decision to require quarantines for anyone flying into New Jersey after having contact with Ebola patients in West Africa – including a nurse who told CNN Sunday that her rights had been violated by her detainment.

Christie, who joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday to announce that the two states would be taking a stricter approach than federal officials to combat the spread of Ebola, said on "Fox News Sunday" that “it was my conclusion that we needed to do this to protect the public health of the people of New Jersey.”

Saying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had “shifting protocols” related to Ebola, Christie said the CDC “eventually will come around on this.”

POSTED: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 7:48 PM

The director of New Jersey’s State Investment Council said in May that it would take several weeks to audit the state’s $15 million investment in a venture-capital firm, after questions were raised about a political donation by a Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate linked to the firm.

But the review still isn’t done. And under the process outlined by Treasury officials, it won’t be released until next month – after Republican Charlie Baker could be elected as governor of Massachusetts.

At issue is a New Jersey policy that prevents the Treasury Department from investing in a fund whose investment managers have contributed to state political parties or committees in the preceding two years.

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