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POSTED: Thursday, June 11, 2015, 3:12 PM
Maria Comella, communications director, with Gov. Chris Christie.

As Gov. Christie nears a decision on a 2016 presidential run, one of the governor’s top aides is leaving the administration to join his political action committee.

Maria Comella, Christie’s deputy chief of staff for communications and planning, will serve as a senior adviser to Christie’s Leadership Matters for America political action committee, which has been arranging events for the governor in early presidential contest states. The move was reported Thursday by the New York Times and confirmed by a spokeswoman for the committee.

Comella’s last day in the administration will be Friday, said Kevin Roberts, a spokesman for Christie. He did not respond to a question on who would fill her role.

POSTED: Sunday, June 7, 2015, 1:19 PM
Gov. Christie criticized Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a interview on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday, refuting her remarks last week that he had sought to restrict voter turnout in New Jersey.

Gov. Christie criticized Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a national television interview that aired Sunday, refuting her remarks last week that he had sought to restrict voter turnout in New Jersey.

In an interview Sunday on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” – which also touched on his position on the Patriot Act, his handling of New Jersey’s fiscal troubles and his change of heart on Common Core – the Republican governor said the former secretary of state “doesn’t know what she’s talking about,” and that New Jerseyans had “plenty of an opportunity to vote.”

“I don’t want to expand it and increase the opportunities for fraud,” Christie said, adding “maybe that’s what Mrs. Clinton wants to do, I don’t know.”

POSTED: Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 12:19 AM
FILE - In this May 28, 2015 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks in New York. As the presidential campaign starts to move past the question of who is and isn’t running for the White House, the two parties find themselves setting out on sharply divergent paths to Election Day. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

COLUMBIA, S.C.— A meet-and-greet between Gov. Christie and South Carolina Republicans in a bar here Tuesday evolved into a town-hall-style meeting as the governor took questions on subjects from foreign policy to Common Core to Obamacare.

Facing a crowd gathered by a county GOP in the Liberty Tap Room for more than an hour, Christie tried to sell himself as a tested executive in his first trip in months to the early presidential primary state.

“The fact is that no matter who’s running Congress, it won’t be easy,” Christie said, after describing his dealings with a Democratic-led Legislature. “We need to have the experience of dealing with folks who don’t wake up every morning looking to make your day a happy one.”

POSTED: Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 9:12 AM
Possible Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, in Manchester, New Hampshire, May 12, 2015. (Dominick Reuter / Reuters)

Gov. Christie continued to advocate for government intelligence gathering Wednesday, arguing criticism of the efforts reflected complacency since Sept. 11.

In an interview on Fox & Friends, Christie said that the Patriot Act, provisions of which are due to expire June 1, hadn't forced a choice between civil liberties and national security. “We can protect our civil liberties and the homeland,” he said.

Referring to remarks by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee questioning how the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records had curtailed terrorism, Christie said he had used the Patriot Act -- which has served as the basis of the NSA program -- successfully in prosecutions as U.S. attorney for New Jersey.

POSTED: Monday, May 18, 2015, 11:11 AM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a likely Republican 2016 presidential candidate, gestures during an event at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester, N.H., on May 12, 2015. ( AP Photo / Charles Krupa )

PORTSMOUTH, N.H.—Gov. Christie will outline a foreign policy approach today that will call for bolstering the military and supporting U.S. intelligence programs.

The Republican governor, who returns today to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state of New Hampshire as he eyes a 2016 bid, will also target President Obama over a preliminary nuclear deal with Iran and the administration’s strategy in the Middle East, including toward the Islamic State group, according to speech excerpts released by his political action committee.

“The price of inaction is steadily rising,” Christie is expected to say. Referring to the “embarrassment” of King Salman of Saudi Arabia skipping a summit last week with Obama, Christie will accuse the president of failing to work effectively with allies.

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.

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