When Gov. Christie was growing up, he says, Sunday was often pasta night. His mother, who did the cooking, made the gravy during the day.
Some might call that sauce. “When a Sicilian woman is making it, it’s gravy,” Christie says, in a show that airs Wednesday on New Jersey Public Television.
The debut of "Pasta and Politics" features an apron-wearing Christie talking about cooking -- he says he did a lot when he was first married -- and his job while he helps host Nick Acocella make rigatoni Bolognese.
Gov. Christie will hold two town-hall-style events during visits next week to the early presidential primary state of New Hampshire.
The events are part of what Christie’s team has dubbed a “Tell It Like It Is” tour, according to his political action committee’s website. In addition to an event advertised for April 15, a spokeswoman for the committee said another town hall would take place April 17.
Christie is slated to join other prospective Republican 2016 presidential candidates at a “leadership summit” in New Hampshire April 17-18. He will also be visiting the state April 14, though details of his schedule have not been released.
Gov. Christie will return to New Hampshire next month, joining other prospective Republican 2016 candidates – and at least one confirmed – at a “leadership summit” in the state that hosts the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.
Christie on Tuesday confirmed his attendance at the April 17-18 event, said a spokesman for the New Hampshire Republican State Committee.
It marks Christie’s second announced trip to New Hampshire this year, after speaking at a Republican event there in February. The April event is expected to feature more than two dozen speakers, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
Gov. Christie’s supporters have formed a super PAC that can accept unlimited donations in advance of an anticipated presidential campaign, an announcement that follows unfavorable poll numbers about the New Jersey governor’s 2016 chances.
The super PAC, America Leads, was started by Phil Cox, the former executive director of the Republican Governors Association. Cox worked with Christie while the governor was chairman of the RGA last year.
“I’ve established this super PAC because it’s time for America to lead again, and I believe Gov. Christie is exactly the kind of strong leader we need at this critical point in our nation’s history,” Cox said Thursday. “He’s provided effective, conservative leadership in a deep blue state, bringing people together to solve difficult problems and get results. That’s exactly the kind of leadership we need in America today, and we hope he decides to run.”
As Gov. Christie courts Republicans across the country -- most recently in Iowa -- a new poll suggests he faces an uphill battle.
More than half -- 57 percent -- of Republican primary voters surveyed in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Monday could not see themselves supporting Christie for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, compared to 32 percent who could.
That gap placed Christie behind other well-known prospective Republican candidates in the poll, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Of Republicans surveyed, 49 percent could see themselves supporting Bush, while 42 percent could not.
New Jersey’s fund for road and bridge projects is funded through June 2016 and is “not a crisis,” Gov. Christie said on a radio program Wednesday night.
“This is not something to rush on or rush through,” Christie said on NJ 101.5’s Ask the Governor. “It’s not a crisis at the moment, because we’re funded pretty well now.”
That hasn’t been the characterization of transportation advocates and Democratic lawmakers – or of Christie’s own transportation commissioner, Jamie Fox, who said at his confirmation hearing last fall before the Senate that “we’ve reached the end of the line.”
Has Gov. Christie found common ground with a longtime foe – the state teachers’ union?
In his budget address today, Christie is expected to announce that the New Jersey Education Association is working with a commission he appointed to recommend changes to the state pension system, though an NJEA official said Monday that the union had not endorsed a plan.
Christie’s speech comes a day after a state court judge ruled that the governor illegally cut a payment into the system that had been mandated by a 2011 law he signed – and has touted as an example of bipartisan leadership.
Gov. Christie will return this week to a forum that allows him to highlight his blunt-talking brand: town-hall-style events.
Christie will hold an event in Moorestown Wednesday, the day after he delivers his budget address to the Legislature. In addition to discussing his budget proposal, Christie will take questions from the audience, according to his office.
The event will mark the Republican governor’s 128th “town hall” – but only his first since August. Christie was on the road in the run-up to the November elections, traveling the country and campaigning for candidates as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.