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POSTED: Monday, January 5, 2015, 2:22 PM

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.

POSTED: Friday, January 2, 2015, 8:13 PM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)

Gov. Christie’s schedule this month and next includes plans to attend a Lincoln Day dinner in Illinois, inaugurations for governors in Maryland and Florida, and an event in the early presidential nominating state of Iowa.

The governor's trips come as he considers a run for the White House in 2016. The travel will be paid for by the New Jersey Republican State Committee, said lawyer Mark Sheridan, the party's general counsel.

Christie, who traveled the country in 2014 as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, is expected to attend two inaugurations this month for governors he backed in the run-up to November's elections. On Jan. 21, he will attend Larry Hogan’s inauguration in Maryland, a Hogan spokesman said Friday.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 7:05 PM
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)

Gov. Christie, who campaigned extensively in Florida for Gov. Rick Scott's reelection, will be returning next week to attend Scott's inauguration, a spokeswoman for Scott said Wednesday.

Christie, who has been considering a run for president in 2016, won't be the only potential candidate in attendance for the Jan. 6 inauguration. Texas Gov. Rick Perry will also be attending, said Jeri Bustamante, a Scott spokeswoman.

She didn't have further details. Spokesmen for Christie didn't respond to questions Wednesday afternoon about the governor's reason for attending the inauguration, or who would be paying for the trip.

POSTED: Monday, December 22, 2014, 11:19 PM
Chris Christie said during a live television interview Monday night on (NJTV)

Gov. Christie slammed President Obama’s leadership repeatedly during an hourlong interview Monday on statewide television, taking aim at the president’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba as well as his response to Sony’s withdrawal of a film following hacker threats.

Repeating his call for Obama to demand the return from Cuba of a woman convicted of murdering a New Jersey state trooper, Christie said in the interview with Steve Adubato on NJTV that the president had received too little from Cuba before deciding to restore diplomatic ties.

“The president was wrong in not asking for it,” Christie said of the return of Joanne Chesimard, who fled to Cuba sometime after escaping from a New Jersey prison in 1979. A Cuban official told the Associated Press Monday the country has a right to grant political asylum to “people it considers to have been persecuted” – a remark that Christie said proved Obama made a mistake.

POSTED: Sunday, December 21, 2014, 2:50 PM
Joanne Chesimard, from FBI wanted poster.

Gov. Christie has entered the debate over President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba, urging Obama to demand the Cuban government return a woman convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper.

In a letter to Obama released Sunday by Christie’s office, the governor is seeking the return of Joanne Chesimard, who was convicted of shooting and killing a state trooper in 1973 following a traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. Chesimard escaped from prison in 1979 and at some point fled to Cuba. The FBI has placed her on its list of “Most Wanted Terrorists.”

“I do not share your view that restoring diplomatic relations without a clear commitment from the Cuban government of the steps they will take to reverse decades of human rights violations will result in a better and more just Cuba for its people,” Christie said in the letter to Obama.

POSTED: Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:52 PM
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie (Carlo Allegri / Reuters)

Thursday marked the last full voting session of the year for New Jersey lawmakers – and the latest time they’ve failed to override a veto of Gov. Christie’s.

The Democratic-controlled Legislature has unsuccessfully tried to override Christie on 19 bills since the Republican governor took office in 2010, according to the Office of Legislative Services, including three bills this year.

Attempts for two of those bills took place Thursday. One of the bills would have required the state to pay into the public pension system quarterly, rather than annually. Christie previously rejected the bill as “an improper and unwarranted intrusion” upon the executive branch’s power to decide the timing of payments.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 3:04 PM
U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman today acknowledged a need to finish his office's investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closures as quickly as possible, though he wouldn't say how long that might take.

Asked by WNYC’s Brian Lehrer whether, with Christie considering a run for president in 2016, he should “indict or clear before too long,” Fishman said: “The answer to that question, of course, is yes.”

“We try to move every investigation we have as fast as we possibly can, because if people know they’re being investigated, that’s always what we owe people,” Fishman said. “In that respect, this investigation is no different.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 6:11 PM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s announcement today that he will "actively explore" a 2016 presidential bid unleashed a wave of speculation about how his action might affect other Republicans –  Gov. Christie included.

Christie said earlier this month that he wouldn’t make a decision on running in 2016 until “well into” next year. But some donors and political consultants have told news outlets today that Bush’s move could pressure Christie to speed up his timetable, in part due to the prospect the two would compete for similar donors.

A top Christie backer, however, dismissed that idea. “In fact, if I were Christie, I’d let it play out a bit and learn a few things,” Kenneth Langone, the billionaire co-founder of Home Depot, said in a phone interview today.

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