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POSTED: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 10:59 AM

Gov. Christie today kicks off a campaign swing as chairman of the Republican Governors Association that will take him through four states in two days – including the early presidential primary states of South Carolina and New Hampshire.

The New Jersey governor will campaign and fundraise for South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley today, stumping with Haley in Charleston this afternoon before attending a series of fundraisers for the RGA, Haley, and the South Carolina Republican Party. Haley is challenged by Democrat Vincent Sheheen.

He will then head Wednesday to New Hampshire – his third RGA visit in four months to the state that hosts the first-in-the-nation primary. This time, however, Christie won’t just be campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein: He’ll also attend a rally for U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown, formerly a senator from Massachusetts.

POSTED: Monday, September 8, 2014, 10:24 AM
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

As Gov. Christie continues to travel the country – and beyond – in appearances that build speculation about a possible presidential bid, Democrats want to make sure the controversy that threatened his national rise isn’t forgotten.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is appearing today in Fort Lee, a day before the one-year anniversary of the unannounced lane closures at the George Washington Bridge that snarled traffic in the Bergen County borough.

National Democrats say they are also targeting the memories of Fort Lee commuters through Pandora and mobile ads. A script released by the DNC for a 15-second Pandora ad reads: “Gridlock. That’s what happened one year ago in Fort Lee, when the Christie administration shut down lanes to the GWB. But it’s also what Chris Christie has brought to New Jersey – wrecking our economy and losing our trust.”

POSTED: Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 4:15 PM

As he courts Mexican investors during a trade mission this week, Gov. Christie will be accompanied by a 15-member delegation featuring a number of CEOs, political allies, and Hispanic leaders.

The delegation members, whose names were released by Christie’s office Tuesday, range from energy company executives to restaurateurs and a Mexican pastor who is a leader among Hispanic evangelical Christians.

They will join the New Jersey governor during his three-day itinerary, which begins Wednesday and will feature meetings with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and other political and business leaders. The trip is billed as a mission that will build on New Jersey’s relations with its second-largest export partner, with a focus on the energy, pharmaceutical and higher education sectors.

POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014, 6:53 PM

The political ramifications of last week’s indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry were evident Monday on both sides of the Delaware River.

While New Jersey’s Gov. Christie, in his role as chair of a national GOP group, came to Perry’s defense, Pennsylvania’s Gov. Corbett sought to distance himself from the fellow Republican.

Perry was charged Friday with two felony counts of abuse of power for vetoing funding for the office of a district attorney whom he wanted to resign. He had threatened to do just that.

POSTED: Thursday, August 7, 2014, 12:25 PM

Gov. Christie is heading to Mexico next month on a trade and diplomatic mission, his office said today.

The governor will travel to Mexico from Sept. 3-5, said Christie’s communications director, Maria Comella. The New York Times first reported the trip.

According to the Times report, Christie will meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto during the trip, which is focused on building economic ties between New Jersey and Mexico. The agenda will also include meetings with Mexican political officials and business executives, the report said.

POSTED: Thursday, August 7, 2014, 10:57 AM
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at the second day of the 5th annual Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" Policy Conference in Washington, June 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)

Just under half of New Jersey voters approve of Gov. Christie’s job performance, according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll – the latest to find that the governor’s ratings haven’t rebounded since Bridgegate.

The poll, released today, found that 49 percent of voters approved of Christie’s performance, while 47 percent disapproved. The split represents the Republican governor’s lowest net job approval rating in the poll since 2011. In July 2013, 68 percent of voters approved of him, and 26 percent disapproved.

Voters who approved of Christie divided along party lines: 86 percent of Republicans approved, while 71 percent of Democrats disapproved. Half of independents disapproved of Christie, compared to 47 percent who approved.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 4:16 PM

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is slated to join Gov. Christie at a fundraiser for the New Jersey Republican Party in East Brunswick next month.

The Sept. 10 fundraiser at the Hilton East Brunswick is billed as “Chris Christie’s Birthday Celebration" on an invite from the state party. Tickets run from $150 for general reception to $5,000 for a private reception and $25,000 to sit at a roundtable.

The former Massachusetts governor’s attendance came about because “the governor and Mitt Romney are close friends, have been together on the trail a lot,” said Bill Palatucci, an adviser to Christie and a Republican National Committeeman.

POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 11:07 PM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie shakes hands with Kiki Fornito, during a visit by Christie to Sam's No. 3, a diner in Denver, as Christopher Mouflard, center, joins Fornito for lunch, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Christie, who made to stop to support GOP gubernatorial contender Bob Beauprez, praised Beauprez and said the Republican Governor's Association, which Christie chairs, will help Beauprez in the lead-up to the November election. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Gov. Christie presented himself as both “pro-life” and a tolerant listener during a panel discussion with other Republican governors Thursday night, arguing that Republicans don’t need to avoid social issues to appeal to a broader range of voters.

The party hasn’t lost elections because of a focus on social issues, but because of its “tone and tenor,” Christie said at the Aspen Institute in Colorado. “I think we’re getting pounded because of the way we present ourselves.”

Voters want people “who are authentic and believe what they say is true, but also are willing to be tolerant and listen to others’ points of view,” Christie said.

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