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POSTED: Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:47 PM
Gov. Christie and his wife, Mary Pat Christie, reported nearly $700,000 in income in 2013, according to tax returns released Friday -- up from about $480,000 the year before. ( JOHN MUNSON / Newark Star-Ledger, file)

Gov. Christie and his wife, Mary Pat Christie, reported nearly $700,000 in income in 2013, according to tax returns released Friday -- up from about $480,000 the year before.

Most of the income – $475,854 – came from Angelo, Gordon & Co., an investment firm where Mary Pat Christie is managing director.

The couple also reported $34,698 in income from Cantor Fitzgerald, an investment bank where Mary Pat Christie has worked as a bond trader. A Christie spokesman did not respond to a question on whether Mary Pat Christie is currently working part time, as she has in the past.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 10:27 PM

Gov. Christie’s monthly appearance on a New Jersey radio program got a little testy Wednesday night, as the Republican governor took issue with a retired police officer's assertion that he was “hurting the working man.”

“Who’s hurting the working man?” Christie shot back at the caller, identified as “Bob in Toms River” on NJ 101.5’s Ask the Governor program.

“Do you have a public job, Bob?” Christie said. “You’re a retired police officer who’s getting free medical benefits for life, and a pension. … Has your medical benefits been impacted at all?”

POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 12:50 PM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appears as the keynote speaker at the NAACP New Jersey Convention in Parsippany, N.J. Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, with NAACP Head, Richard Smith, seated to the left. (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Carmine Galasso)

Gov. Christie helped raise $21.5 million between July and September as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, bringing its fundraising total this year to $72 million, the group announced Wednesday.

The New Jersey governor, who has been traveling the country to support Republican candidates in advance of the Nov. 4 elections, has helped raise a record $90 million since taking over as RGA chairman last November, a spokesman for the group said.

The RGA plans to spend $100 million on this year’s elections, which will decide 36 gubernatorial seats. Republicans currently control 22 of the seats.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 1:14 PM

Claiming in a speech to the NAACP last weekend that he had been unfairly attacked by public worker unions, Gov. Christie said there had been “tens of millions of dollars” of spending by a union in the state on ads “that says things like: Chris Christie: He loves millionaires, hates children

"It is an interesting moment in a public servant’s life when you’re driving down the New Jersey Turnpike, and your children see a billboard that says that their father hates children,” the governor said. “Now, of all the things that I’ve said over time about leaders of our public employee unions, I’ve never said they hate their children. … That’s a big thing to say, everybody.”

Only the billboard didn’t say that, argues the New Jersey Education Association – which says it was the only union to put up billboards about Christie.

POSTED: Thursday, October 9, 2014, 2:37 PM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (left) and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett are both Republicans. (File photos)

With Republicans defending 22 of the 36 governors’ seats up for election next month, Gov. Christie faces competing demands as chairman of the Republican Governors Association in deciding where to spend his time and the group’s money.

So is it a wise investment for Christie to campaign for Gov. Corbett, who is running 17 points behind Democratic challenger Tom Wolf in a poll released this week?

“Tom Corbett’s never lost a race,” Christie said at a news conference today in Trenton, hours before he is due to appear at a Corbett rally outside Philadelphia in the Main Line suburb of Wayne. “Tom Corbett has never been ahead in the polls, except for his last race near the end. So no, I’m not ready to give up on Tom Corbett, by a long shot.”

POSTED: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 11:16 AM
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (Carlo Allegri / Reuters)

Gov. Christie stood at a podium outside Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick Tuesday afternoon to announce what his office had called a “new multi-state effort” to help prevent prescription drug abuse.

The announcement was an expansion of an existing effort the state made public months earlier – as a later press release from the office made clear.

But regardless of how much news Christie’s events present, the opportunity to ask him questions is often enough to draw out reporters – as was the case Tuesday.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 1:11 PM

Gov. Christie will again lend support to Gov. Corbett’s lagging reelection bid during campaign events for the Pennsylvania governor Thursday in Philadelphia’s western suburbs.

Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, will attend a rally for Corbett 4 p.m. Thursday in Wayne, followed by a private fundraising event in Bryn Mawr. Corbett has been trailing Democrat Tom Wolf by double digits as he tries to win election for a second term.

Christie previously campaigned with Corbett in the Harrisburg area in September, and campaigned and attended fundraisers with the Pennsylvania governor in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in June.

POSTED: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 4:21 PM
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who is New Jersey’s acting governor today, broke her wrist and elbow in a bike accident and is in the hospital, the governor’s office said.

Guadagno was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center following the accident, which happened this morning in Sea Bright when she braked suddenly to avoid a vehicle, falling off her bike, said spokesman Kevin Roberts.

Guadagno, who was with her husband at the time, was taken to the hospital by ambulance, Roberts said. He did not give the time of the accident, but said it occurred in the early morning.

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