Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.'"
Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
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.
Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
Gov. Christie continues to be popular among New Jersey residents as he prepares for his second term, even as few people say they have a clear idea of what policies he will pursue, according to a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll released Tuesday.
Sixty-five percent of Garden State residents approve of Christie, a Republican who won a landslide 22-point reelection last month, while 25 percent disapprove. Those ratings are similar to past surveys of Christie’s job performance taken since Sandy.
Only 23 percent of residents say they have a clear idea of what Christie plans to do in his second term. Thirty-six percent have some idea, while 40 percent say they do not have much of an idea or have no idea at all.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – It took just one question Thursday to get to the issue that seemingly everyone wants to ask Gov. Christie about – 2016.
“I’m stunned that we’ve gotten that question right out of the box,” Christie deadpanned here at his first, and only, public appearance at the Republican Governor’s Association conference, where he is set today to become the group’s chairman.
“2016’s a long way away and I’m two weeks out of a campaign and I’m not looking to start speculating about other campaigns already,” Christie said to a roomful of national and local reporters.
Scottsdale, Ariz. - If you thought the Christie-2016 speculation was a bit much already, you 're out of luck.
New Jersey' s fast-rising governor gets a formal national political job today in Arizona, when he' ll become chairman of the Republican Governor s Association, a job that will have him crossing the country to campaign for fellow governor s, raising money, picking up IOUs and likely visiting states such as, oh, Iowa and New Hampshire where presidential campaigns live and die.
Christie formally gets the job at the RGA conference here today (we wrote about the gig at length today in the Inquirer and on Philly.com) but that didn' t stop the media from harping on his future Wednesday - even prodding the likes of Louisiana' s Bobby Jindal and Ohio s John Kasich - two governors who might also like their names to be added to the great hype machine of 2016 chatter.
This article ran in Thursday's Inquirer.
UNION CITY, N.J. - Fresh off a 22-point reelection victory in a Democratic state, Gov. Christie on Wednesday left wide open the possibility of pursuing the presidency and said he didn't mind if reporters kept asking him about running.
"It's flattering and I have no problem with it, but I want to be clear about this: I have a job to do; I was reelected to do a job," Christie said.