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POSTED: Monday, January 11, 2016, 6:55 PM
New Jersey Gov. and presidential candidate Chris Christie addresses members of the media at The Statehouse, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The day before his State of the State address, Gov. Christie held a press conference Monday afternoon – a rare event these days in Trenton.

But it wasn’t a forum for press questions. Instead, the governor took the opportunity to show that while he’s been out of state more often than not – spending 190 days away last year, and making trips to New York and Pennsylvania on another 71 – he still provides leadership.

“This involved a great deal of compromise on the parts of all parties,” Christie said, flanked by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D., Hudson) as he announced a deal on a plan to expand casino gambling beyond Atlantic City.

POSTED: Monday, January 11, 2016, 10:41 AM
Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie, left, and Maine Governor Paul LePage. (AP Photo / Robert F. Bukaty)

Gov. Christie reiterated his support for Maine Gov. Paul LePage in an interview that aired Monday, saying his respect for LePage wasn’t diminished by the governor’s racially charged remarks.

“It doesn’t change a bit for me my affection for him, my respect for him as a leader and person. He’s a good man,” Christie, who was endorsed by LePage and brought him on the campaign trail last month, said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

On Friday, LePage said he made “a slip-up” after referring earlier in the week to drug traffickers entering Maine as “guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty. … Incidentally, half the time, they impregnate a young white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing, because then we have another issue that we have to deal with down the road.”

POSTED: Sunday, January 10, 2016, 3:31 PM
Chris Christie gesticulates in a campaign video released by America Leads, the PAC backing him.

Gov. Christie said in a television interview Sunday that he had never donated to Planned Parenthood, refuting an attack by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

“I never donated to Planned Parenthood, so that’s wrong,” Christie said on CBS’s "Face the Nation."

In 1994, Christie – then a GOP candidate for Morris County freeholder – was quoted as saying he supported Planned Parenthood “with my personal contribution.”

POSTED: Friday, January 8, 2016, 5:00 PM
Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie, left, and Maine Governor Paul LePage. (AP Photo / Robert F. Bukaty)

A governor who accompanied Gov. Christie on the campaign trail last month in New Hampshire is provoking controversy for racially charged comments.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage said Friday he made a “slip-up” after referring earlier this week to drug dealers coming into his state as “guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty.” He added that “half the time, they impregnate a young white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing, becuase then we have another issue that we have to deal with down the road."

The Democratic National Committee attacked Christie in response to the remarks. “By remaining silent, Gov. Christie condones LePage’s racist comments and his worldview,” Michael Tyler, the DNC’s director of African American media, said in an emailed statement Thursday night.

POSTED: Monday, January 4, 2016, 5:47 PM
Republican presidential candidates Chris Christie (left) and Marco Rubio. (Getty Images)

A super PAC backing Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is slamming Gov. Christie in two attack ads – one tarring the governor with a poor economic record and “scandals.”

“Not what we need in the White House,” concludes the narrator in the ad from Conservative Solutions PAC, after saying:  “Chris Christie. High taxes. Weak economy. Scandals.”

The PAC’s second ad frames Christie as out of sync with conservatives, citing his support for Common Core – a position Christie has renounced – and his decision to expand Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act.

POSTED: Thursday, December 31, 2015, 7:00 PM
Gov. Christie, who has been trotting out truck references on the campaign trail for at least a month, was recently asked by a reporter in New Hampshire about his experience with trucks. (CHARLIE NEIBERGALL / Associated Press)

He’s never owned a truck, but Gov. Christie is fond of truck analogies.

On the campaign trail, the Republican governor has been likening himself to an old truck that can always get out of the mud – unlike newer, shinier competitors.

Making the case in Marshalltown, Iowa Wednesday that only a mud-tested candidate could defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton, Christie said, “It can’t be your first time in the mud. You can’t be the new truck, see, because you got to get out of that mud and you got to run her right over.”

POSTED: Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 4:21 PM
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush waits to speak at the Devine Millimet FITN Candidate Series Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Dec. 8, 2015. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

    The super PAC backing Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign is expanding the scope of its attacks beyond Donald Trump, releasing ads Tuesday that target Gov. Christie and other Republican rivals.
    One ad, which the political action committee said was airing in New Hampshire, contrasts Bush’s record as former governor of Florida with Christie’s in New Jersey and John Kasich’s in Ohio.
    Recent polls show Christie is close behind Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in New Hampshire, which holds the first GOP primary on Feb. 9. Trump leads all candidates there.
The 30-second ad, titled “Three Governors,” praises Bush’s record on job creation, his leadership “handling nine hurricanes,” and plan to fight the so-called Islamic State.
    The narrator pointedly asks: “Which governor led the fight to stop Obamacare expansion in his state?” Bush gets the check mark, even though he left office in 2007, before President Obama was even elected.
    The question was a reference to the decisions made by Christie and Kasich to expand Medicaid in their states under the Affordable Care Act.
   Christie has said expanding Medicaid was “the smart thing to do for our fiscal and public health.” His campaign declined to comment.
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal criticized Christie for that decision during a November debate, but the New Jersey governor ignored the attack. Jindal later dropped out of the race.
    Responding to the Bush ad, Kasich’s campaign said Tuesday: “The latest ad from Jeb’s team forgot to check the box for ‘Which governor is living in the past because he has no new ideas for fixing anything?’”
    “You only attack those you fear and who’s beating you, so this latest attack by Jeb on Gov. Kasich only reaffirms the governor’s strength in New Hampshire. It’s actually flattering,” the Kasich campaign said.
    Also Tuesday, Bush’s super PAC, Right to Rise USA, released an ad in Iowa attacking Rubio for missing votes and national security hearings in the Senate.
    The PAC has raised more than $100 million, far exceeding any other group.

POSTED: Monday, December 28, 2015, 5:00 PM
“I don’t believe you’ve heard the last of the George Washington Bridge," Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said, "because there’s no way he didn’t know about the closure of the George Washington Bridge." (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump unleashed a fusillade of attacks on rival Gov. Christie Monday, criticizing him on everything from New Jersey’s economy to the George Washington Bridge scandal.

Trump’s remarks came in response to an editorial written by the publisher of the New Hampshire Union-Leader, which called the celebrity real-estate mogul’s campaign “an insult to the intelligence of Republican voters.”

Trump accused Christie -- who was endorsed by the Union-Leader and is gaining ground in Granite State polls -- of encouraging the publisher, Joseph W. McQuaid, to write the editorial.

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