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.
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.
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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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.