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POSTED: Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 12:28 PM
Gov. Christie said in South Carolina that he would work to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare. (AP Photo)

Gov. Christie took a few questions from reporters Monday night after his town hall meeting in Mount Pleasant, S.C., where he was campaigning. Here are his answers:

Question: How are you going to make inroads in South Carolina?

Christie: I think people make a lot of assumptions based upon certain stereotypes or backgrounds about who’s going to do well where. I’ve been down here a bunch since 2010 — for Gov. [Nikki] Haley twice and for [Sen.] Tim Scott. People have always responded really well. I think that’s why campaigns matter. We just work real hard, let people get to know us, and we’ll see where the chips fall. But I think I’ll do real well in South Carolina.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 1:55 PM
Gov. Larry Hogan endorses Gov. Christie for president. Christie worked on his behalf in his campaign, which ended in an upset win. MARK WILSON / Getty Images

Gov. Christie got the endorsement Wednesday of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, after betting last year on the Republican's chances to win the governorship of the blue state.

On Wednesday, it was Hogan's turn to bet. "I think he will be the next president," he said of Christie. A video of the remarks, given outside the Double T Diner in Annapolis, Md., was released by Christie's campaign.

Hogan, who became governor of Maryland in January, noted the efforts Christie made on his behalf as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. The RGA spent $1.2 million in backing Hogan, who pulled off an upset in November.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 5:22 PM
Gov. Chris Christie acknowledges the cheers as he and his family enter the Livingston High School gym on June 30, 2015, where he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. ( CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer )

Gov. Christie will return to Camden Thursday – this time to give a speech as a presidential candidate.

The Republican governor will give a policy speech on criminal justice reform, focusing on “how we help non-violent offenders reclaim their lives while ensuring violent criminals are kept off the streets,” according to his campaign.

As governor, Christie has pushed for the rehabilitation of non-violent drug offenders by diverting them into drug courts instead of prison. He also advocated for an overhaul of the state’s bail system that he signed into law last year, changing the state’s constitution to allow judges to deny bail to high-risk defendants, while also letting judges release low-risk defendants.

POSTED: Monday, July 13, 2015, 12:21 PM
Gov. Christie at a June 19 appearance in Philadelphia. BEN MIKESELL / Staff Photographer

Gov. Christie’s response to questions about Donald Trump’s immigration comments? “Enough,” he said Monday.

In an interview on Fox and Friends, Christie said he’d already weighed in on the real estate mogul’s remarks – which he termed “inappropriate,” as he has previously – and asserted the only people interested in the controversy were the media.

“Nobody in the real world asks me about this,” he said.

POSTED: Friday, July 3, 2015, 12:58 PM
Gov. Chris Christie high-fives supporters in the Livingston High School after announcing his candidacy for the GOP nomination for president on June 30, 2015. (CLEM MURRAY/Staff Photographer)

His support at home has waned, but Gov. Christie doesn’t think the love is lost between him and New Jerseyans.

“I have a long history with the people of New Jersey,” Christie said Friday, standing outside MaryAnn’s Diner in Derry, N.H., where he announced his third non-New Jersey endorsement since declaring his presidential candidacy Tuesday. “Folks have to get used to this new role I’m playing.”

While he said his “first priority” was being governor and pledged to spend as much time in the state as needed to do his job, Christie said Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno “has always filled in very ably for me.”

POSTED: Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 10:14 AM
Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Philadelphia on Friday, June 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

As he nears a presidential decision, Gov. Christie’s approval rating at home has fallen to 30 percent in a new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll.

The poll, released Tuesday, found 55 percent of New Jersey registered voters disapproved of Christie. The ratings represent a drop since April, when 36 percent of voters approved and 50 percent disapproved.

Another gap grew on the question of whether voters like both the Republican governor and his policies. While 24 percent said they did, 39 percent disliked both, the widest gulf the poll has recorded. In February, 29 percent liked both Christie and his policies, and 35 percent disliked both.

POSTED: Monday, June 22, 2015, 3:06 PM
Gov. Christie hasn’t announced whether he’s running for president, but the political operation backing him is continuing to grow. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Gov. Christie hasn’t announced whether he’s running for president, but the political operation backing him is continuing to grow.

The Leadership Matters for America political action committee disclosed Monday that it had hired two new staffers in New Hampshire, bringing the number of on-the-ground staff in the state that holds the first presidential primary -- and where Christie has made repeat trips in recent weeks -- to four.

America Leads, a super PAC supporting Christie, has also hired more people, according to a news release that went out Monday. A dozen people are now working with the super PAC, many as consultants, according to a spokesman.

POSTED: Friday, June 19, 2015, 11:58 AM
Republican presidential hopeful, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on June 2, 2015. (Steve Nesius / Reuters)

Gov. Christie struck a tough tone on terrorism, trumpeted his opposition to Planned Parenthood funding and called for prayer in the wake of the Charleston shootings while addressing a conservative conference in Washington Friday.

“Laws can’t change this,” Christie said of Wednesday’s massacre at a Charleston church. "Only the goodwill and the love of the American people can let those folks know that that act was unacceptable, disgraceful. That we need to do more to show we love each other."

The Republican governor, appearing at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference, played up his background as New Jersey’s U.S. attorney after the Sept. 11 attacks, claiming experience using U.S. intelligence tools to combat terrorism.

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