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POSTED: Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 2:46 PM
Gov. Christie and his wife, Mary Pat Christie. ( JOHN MUNSON / Newark Star-Ledger, file)

On the pre-presidential-campaign trail in New Hampshire, Mary Pat Christie acknowledged enthusiasm for a candidacy by her husband isn’t as strong as when he was urged by some donors to enter the 2012 race.

“It certainly is disappointing when you had throngs of people encouraging you to do this and maybe the enthusiasm isn’t as crazy as it was,” she said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper that aired Wednesday morning.

“But what I will tell you, because I do make a lot of phone calls, is that everyone always says that I know he’d be a great president,” Mary Pat Christie said, her husband seated beside her in an American Legion hall in New Hampshire. “When you have those conversations, it’s reassuring that deep down they know he can do the job and certainly believe in his ability.”

POSTED: Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 10:28 AM

Ahead of a speech today in New Hampshire, Gov. Christie is proposing changes to the federal tax code, including a cut in the top income tax rate.

Christie, who will give a speech on promoting economic growth in the state that hosts the first presidential primary, outlined his proposals in an op-ed today in the Wall Street Journal, saying he would lower tax rates “for every American” as part of a proposal to stimulate growth.

His plan would reduce the number of income tax rates to three, dropping the top individual rate to “no higher than” 28 percent. Currently, the top income tax rate is 39.6 percent.

POSTED: Friday, May 8, 2015, 10:29 AM

Gov. Christie said Friday that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of domestic phone records should continue, after a federal appeals court ruled the program illegal.

“I’m not one of these folks who believe that we should bring our guard down, especially during this really dangerous time,” Christie told reporters outside a diner in Amherst, N.H., where the Republican governor greeted patrons Friday morning on a two-day pass through the early presidential primary state.

In a contrast with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and the libertarian-minded wing of his party, Christie said he did not consider the NSA program an overreach. “We have people in the Justice Department who can oversee whether the law is being followed or whether the law is being violated,” he said.

POSTED: Friday, May 8, 2015, 1:04 AM

As he tried to win over New Hampshire Republicans Thursday with stories about his parents and jokes about his Jersey bluntness, Gov. Christie promoted his willingness to work with Democrats as a leadership skill lacking in Washington.

Addressing the Cheshire County Lincoln Day Dinner in Keene, Christie said that New Jersey – and its Democratic-controlled Legislature – had taught him “hard truths.”

“You have to work with the other side,” Christie said,  He said leadership sometimes requires using “the bully pulpit,” but “if it means reaching my hand across the aisle in friendship, I'll do that.”

POSTED: Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 4:00 AM
Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin and potential Republican U.S. presidential candidate, speaks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's forum in Waukee, Iowa, April 25, 2015. (REUTERS/Jim Young)

In the 2016 presidential race, a new poll shows New Jersey Republicans prefer a governor who isn’t theirs.

Their choice would be Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. According to a Monmouth University poll released today, in a matchup between Walker and Gov. Christie, 44 percent of New Jersey Republicans would pick Walker, while 30 percent would go with their own governor. Three months ago, the state’s Republicans had favored Christie over Walker, 51 percent to 30 percent.

New Jersey Republicans still prefer Christie to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 47 percent to 34 percent.

POSTED: Monday, May 4, 2015, 11:25 AM
The New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge, which connects Fort Lee, NJ, and New York City, is seen on Jan. 9, 2014 in Fort Lee, New Jersey. (Andrew Burton / Getty Images)

More than two-thirds of New Jerseyans say Gov. Christie has not been completely honest about his knowledge of the George Washington Bridge scandal, and a majority think he knew about the September 2013 lane closures while they were underway, according to a new poll.

The Monmouth University poll – the first taken since the announcement Friday of indictments against two former Christie allies and a guilty plea by a third in the lane-closure scandal – found Christie’s job approval rating fell 12 points in three months among New Jersey registered voters, with 35 percent approving of the Republican governor’s job performance and 56 percent disapproving.

The net job rating is an all-time low in the poll for Christie, whose approval rating peaked at 70 percent in early 2013 in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

POSTED: Friday, May 1, 2015, 8:22 AM
David Wildstein and Gov. Christie. (File photos)

A court hearing will be held this morning on a criminal matter related to the George Washington Bridge lane closures, following a more than 15-month investigation by federal prosecutors into the scandal.

U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman will hold a press conference this afternoon on developments related to the lane closures. The office didn't provide further details this morning.

Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that a central figure in the scandal, former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official David Wildstein, was set to plead guilty.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 12:33 PM

Gov. Christie is continuing his travels as he considers a 2016 presidential campaign, with an fundraiser scheduled in Washington today at the BGR Group, a lobbying firm founded by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

The event for Christie’s political action committee is being hosted by the New Jersey Republican Congressional delegation, according to a spokeswoman for the committee.

BGR Public Relations President Jeffrey Birnbaum noted that the firm, while “proud to play host” to the fundraiser, had also been the site of a fundraiser for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s political action committee. Birnbaum said that Barbour, a former Republican National Committee chairman and Republican Governors Association chairman, had not endorsed Christie, or any candidate.

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