Monday, March 30, 2015

POSTED: Friday, January 23, 2015, 6:58 PM
Chris Christie (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Gov. Christie plans to travel next month to New Hampshire, home of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Mike DuHaime, a political adviser to Christie, confirmed the governor will speak at a Feb. 16 Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner in Concord, N.H. Christie’s expected attendance was first reported Friday by the New Hampshire Journal, which said the governor's appearance was "tentative." Representatives of the Republican groups hosting the event did not return messages.

Christie – who has been weighing a run for president in 2016 and is expected to appear Saturday in Iowa – visited New Hampshire five times last year as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

POSTED: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 6:16 PM
Gov. Chris Christie. (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)

Gov. Christie’s 2013 reelection campaign accumulated $40,000 more in debt last quarter and now owes $800,000 in bills related to the George Washington Bridge scandal, a new filing with the state shows.

The campaign, which has received subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark for records related to September 2013 lane closures at the bridge, owes more than $500,000 to the law firm Patton Boggs.

It also owes nearly $300,000 to the data recovery firm Stroz Friedberg LLC in New York.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 11:23 AM
Gov. Christie gives the State of the State address last week in Trenton. (Tom Gralish / Staff Photographer)

Gov. Christie’s job approval rating is at its worst in almost four years, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll, with more New Jersey voters disapproving than approving.

Forty-six percent of voters surveyed in the poll approved of the Republican governor’s job performance, while 48 percent disapproved. In December, 48 percent surveyed by the poll approved and 47 percent disapproved; in October, that split was 46 percent-45 percent.

The last time Christie’s approval rating topped 50 percent in the poll was last January, in the immediate aftermath of the George Washington Bridge scandal, when the governor registered a 55 percent-38 percent approval rating.

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.

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