Friday, March 6, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 3:02 PM
Gov. Chris Christie gives his State of the State address in Trenton on Jan. 13, 2015. Behind him are Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (left) and Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney. ( TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer )

Gov. Christie will travel to London for three days next month, an announcement that comes as the governor continues to weigh a run for president in 2016.

The trip, scheduled to begin Feb. 1, “is an opportunity to strengthen economic and cultural ties between the United Kingdom and New Jersey while pursuing real opportunities in the life sciences and finance sectors,” Maria Comella, Christie’s communications director, said in a statement. “As with all of his previous trips, this is a way for Gov. Christie to not just help grow New Jersey, but really listen and learn."’

This will be Christie’s third foreign trip in recent months, following trade missions to Mexico in September and Canada in December.

POSTED: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 10:05 PM
Gov. Chris Christie attends a birthday bash for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad on Oct. 25, 2014, in Clive, Iowa. (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)

Gov. Christie said Thursday he doesn’t feel pressured to rush to make up his mind on running for president, as other Republicans move toward possible campaigns.

“What I’ve told everybody – supporters of mine, potential donors of mine, staff – is relax,” Christie said on NJ 101.5’s Ask the Governor, in response to a question about potential competition from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. “You know, no one’s voting for another 12 and a half months … I’m not going to allow other people to dictate to me my timeframe.”

Christie's comments regarding conversations with donors were some of his most public to date on the behind-the-scenes discussions surrounding a 2016 bid.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 2:03 PM

The nation "is beset by anxiety" that must be addressed, Gov. Christie is expected to say in his State of the State speech this afternoon.

The Republican governor, who is considering running for president in 2016, will address themes broader than New Jersey, excerpts released by his office indicate.

"We need a New Jersey renewal and an American renewal," one excerpt reads.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 12:21 PM
Jim Keady, of Monmouth, N.J., who disrupted an event at the Jersey Shore in Belmar in October and was told by Gov. Christie to sit down and shut up, holds a sign as he addresses a gathering to protest outside the State House before Christie delivers his State of The State address Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Trenton, N.J. Environmental, education and labor activists braved sub-freezing weather to criticize his management of the state. MEL EVANS / Associated Press

As Gov. Christie prepared to deliver his State of the State address today, his detractors offered their own message about how New Jersey has fared in the past five years.

About five dozen protesters gathered outside the Statehouse, holding signs declaring “The state of OUR state is a mess” and “Our Pain, Christie’s Gain.”

“Despite all of his rhetoric about being fiscally responsible, a straight shooter, Gov. Chris Christie has repeatedly taken actions that have failed New Jersey and its working families,” said Analilia Mejia, director of New Jersey Working Families.

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.

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