Tuesday, January 27, 2015

POSTED: Monday, January 12, 2015, 7:19 PM
Republican National Committee finance chairman Ray Washburne is leaving the position to reportedly oversee fundraising for Gov. Christie in a 2016 presidential campaign. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)

Republican National Committee finance chairman Ray Washburne is leaving the position, a party official confirmed Monday. A news report earlier Monday said Washburne would oversee fundraising for Gov. Christie in a 2016 presidential campaign.

Washburne “has stepped down,” according to an RNC official. Washburne, a Texas businessman, did not return calls for comment Monday afternoon.

The New York Observer reported Monday that Christie would tap Washburne to serve as his finance chair for a 2016 campaign. Washburne – who raised money for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty in the run-up to the 2012 election before backing Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney –  told the Wall Street Journal he couldn't comment on a role in a Christie campaign.

POSTED: Sunday, January 11, 2015, 5:32 PM
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, second left, stands on the sidelines before an NFL divisional playoff football game between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

This week, there were no hugs -- at least not on camera. Gov. Christie, whose Dallas Cowboys fandom has been on conspicuous display this season, didn't make a television splash during the team's loss today to the Green Bay Packers.

Christie, who was photographed during the game, traveled to Lambeau Field with his son, Andrew.

He was again in a box with Dallas owner Jerry Jones -- although the governor's office announced Friday that he would pay his own way to "keep silliness out of the football season."

POSTED: Friday, January 9, 2015, 4:49 PM
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie talks with Jerry Jones before a game between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Sept. 8, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Gov. Christie will travel to Lambeau Field this weekend to watch his Dallas Cowboys take on the Green Bay Packers – but Dallas owner Jerry Jones won't be paying his way, the governor’s office said today.

Christie will pay for his ticket and travel, as well as his son's, to the playoff game in Green Bay “to make sure we keep silliness out of the football season,” said spokesman Michael Drewniak. Christie will sit with Jones, the governor’s office said.

The governor has faced scrutiny this week after his office disclosed that Jones had given him tickets to three Cowboys games this season, as well as a ride to one game – last week’s matchup against the Detroit Lions – on a private plane.

POSTED: Friday, January 9, 2015, 3:14 PM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)

Federal investigators interviewed Gov. Christie last month in connection with the George Washington Bridge probe, ABC News reported today.

Christie met voluntarily with federal prosecutors and FBI agents during a meeting at the governor’s mansion in Princeton that was scheduled to last as long as the investigators wanted, according to the ABC report, which cites unnamed officials.

Christie’s office did not respond to questions about the ABC report, but provided a statement.

POSTED: Monday, January 5, 2015, 2:22 PM

Gov. Christie's much-Tweeted-about hug with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones Sunday night again made the New Jersey governor a magnet for national attention – and it may not be the last of his public celebrations with Jones this season.

In a radio interview this morning on WFAN in New York, Christie said he hopes to travel next weekend to Lambeau Field, where his Cowboys will face the Green Bay Packers in the next round of the playoffs. (If he goes, he said he'll see Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker – a potential rival in a 2016 Republican presidential primary.)

Jones provided Christie’s ticket and transportation to Sunday's game “at no expense to New Jersey taxpayers,” said Kevin Roberts, a spokesman for the governor.



POSTED: Friday, January 2, 2015, 8:13 PM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)

Gov. Christie’s schedule this month and next includes plans to attend a Lincoln Day dinner in Illinois, inaugurations for governors in Maryland and Florida, and an event in the early presidential nominating state of Iowa.

The governor's trips come as he considers a run for the White House in 2016. The travel will be paid for by the New Jersey Republican State Committee, said lawyer Mark Sheridan, the party's general counsel.

Christie, who traveled the country in 2014 as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, is expected to attend two inaugurations this month for governors he backed in the run-up to November's elections. On Jan. 21, he will attend Larry Hogan’s inauguration in Maryland, a Hogan spokesman said Friday.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 7:05 PM
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)

Gov. Christie, who campaigned extensively in Florida for Gov. Rick Scott's reelection, will be returning next week to attend Scott's inauguration, a spokeswoman for Scott said Wednesday.

Christie, who has been considering a run for president in 2016, won't be the only potential candidate in attendance for the Jan. 6 inauguration. Texas Gov. Rick Perry will also be attending, said Jeri Bustamante, a Scott spokeswoman.

She didn't have further details. Spokesmen for Christie didn't respond to questions Wednesday afternoon about the governor's reason for attending the inauguration, or who would be paying for the trip.

POSTED: Monday, December 22, 2014, 11:19 PM
Chris Christie said during a live television interview Monday night on (NJTV)

Gov. Christie slammed President Obama’s leadership repeatedly during an hourlong interview Monday on statewide television, taking aim at the president’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba as well as his response to Sony’s withdrawal of a film following hacker threats.

Repeating his call for Obama to demand the return from Cuba of a woman convicted of murdering a New Jersey state trooper, Christie said in the interview with Steve Adubato on NJTV that the president had received too little from Cuba before deciding to restore diplomatic ties.

“The president was wrong in not asking for it,” Christie said of the return of Joanne Chesimard, who fled to Cuba sometime after escaping from a New Jersey prison in 1979. A Cuban official told the Associated Press Monday the country has a right to grant political asylum to “people it considers to have been persecuted” – a remark that Christie said proved Obama made a mistake.

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