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POSTED: Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 2:16 PM

Gov. Christie gave no opinion today when asked about a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that corporations controlled by religious families could refuse to pay for contraception for employees, saying on a cable news program that “who knows” if the court is right.

“The fact is that when you’re an executive, your Supreme Court makes a ruling and you got to live with it unless you can get the legislative body to change the law or change the Constitution,” Christie said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” according to a transcript. “The point is, why should I give an opinion on whether they’re right or wrong?”

The court, taking up cases brought by craft-supply chain Hobby Lobby and a Lancaster county cabinet maker, ruled 5-4 Monday that an Affordable Care Act requirement that employers provide contraception coverage to workers violated a federal religious-freedom law.

POSTED: Monday, June 30, 2014, 3:18 PM

Gov. Christie is facing heat from public-sector unions for slashing payments into New Jersey's pension system to balance the state budget, but the battle hasn’t drawn much interest from the public, according to a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll released today.

The poll also found that the Republican governor’s approval rating – 50 percent among New Jersey residents, and 49 percent among the state's registered voters – was nearly unchanged since April and February, after tumbling in the wake of January’s Bridgegate revelations.

In a more recent controversy confronting Christie, 49 percent of those polled had no opinion on his plan to reduce scheduled payments into the pension system, while 57 percent had no opinion on whether the governor had other options for making the payments, the poll found.

POSTED: Friday, June 20, 2014, 1:40 PM

WASHINGTON – Gov. Christie highlighted his pro-life views before a gathering of religious conservatives here Friday, calling Democrats the intolerant party on an issue that he rarely emphasizes in New Jersey.

But Christie also linked his pro-life views some familiar territory, saying that valuing life also means taking a less punitive approach to drug addiction and boosting education for all children.

“I believe if you’re pro life, as I am, you need to be pro life for the whole life,” Christie told around 400 conservative activists at a conference hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition. “You can’t just afford to be pro-life when the human being is in the womb.”

POSTED: Friday, June 13, 2014, 8:43 PM
FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2014 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Manahawkin, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Gov. Christie does not have ties to organized crime. He thinks immigration reform will require “strong action by the President and a spirit of cooperation in Congress.” And as for his favorite character on MTV's Jersey Shore, he doesn’t have one, because “they don’t deserve it.”

Christie gave those answers, and others, during a Facebook chat Friday night. The governor, who spent Friday in San Francisco fundraising for the Republican Governors Association, visited Facebook headquarters and apparently hobknobbed with Facebook execs Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg.

The governor, who fields questions from the public on a regular radio program in New Jersey and at town-hall-style events, was berated by some opponents in the chat. Most he ignored – of the nearly 400 questions received, Christie answered about 30 – but at times, he tossed out a comeback.

POSTED: Friday, June 13, 2014, 1:41 AM
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie and Jimmy Fallon show of different 'Dad dances' on Thursday night's show.

Gov. Christie said Thursday on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that he would beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in a bid for president – “hypothetically.”

In his first foray back into the late-night television circuit since the Bridgegate scandal threatened to derail his national ambitions, the Republican governor, asked by Fallon whether he could win in a 2016 matchup with the former Secretary of State, said: “Hypothetically? You bet.” The audience applauded.

Fallon paused, then asked: “In a dance-off?”


POSTED: Thursday, June 12, 2014, 9:41 PM

Gov. Christie will make an appearance on late-night television tonight for the first time since Bridgegate with an interview on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon – who skewered the governor in January in a spoof featuring none other than Christie’s musical idol.

Bruce Springsteen joined Fallon after the bridge scandal made national headlines to perform a parody of “Born to Run,” with a chorus of “We’re stuck in Gov. Chris Christie’s Fort Lee New Jersey traffic jam.”

Excerpts released by NBC in advance of the show don’t indicate whether the Boss's parody will be a topic of conversation. But Christie is expected to poke fun -- at least briefly -- at the controversy that has threatened his presidential ambitions.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 6:10 PM
Recovery from Sandy, which was initially a strength for Christie Christie and helped him win a second term, is joining his list of liabilities along with persistent budget gaps and the George Washington Bridge scandal.

What does it take to respond to Bridgegate? For Gov. Christie, it’s a team of 60 attorneys, some working seven days a week, and sometimes for 14 hours a day – at a cost to state taxpayers of $2.17 million in February, according to an invoice released earlier this week.

The invoice from the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher law firm follows a January bill of $1.08 million. Another big bill seems likely for March: At the end of that month, the firm released a report that cleared Christie of wrongdoing in the George Washington Bridge lane closures, and also dismissed allegations that federal Hurricane Sandy money had been improperly distributed by the state.

The February invoice, released by the state Attorney General’s Office Monday, spans 81 pages, and gives partially redacted descriptions of just how much work lawyers were doing to write the report and respond to subpoenas for documents. Federal prosecutors are probing the closures, along with a legislative panel.

POSTED: Thursday, June 5, 2014, 7:53 PM
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie and Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett (Ralph Wilson / AP)

Gov. Christie has been traveling the country recently to stump for Republican governors. Over the next few days, he’ll be appearing with a governor a little closer to home – Gov. Corbett.

Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, will attend events with Corbett in Pittsburgh Friday and in Philadelphia Monday, according to the RGA.

Corbett, who is running for reelection in the fall, is trailing Democrat Tom Wolf by as much as 25 points in recent polls.

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