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POSTED: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 2:16 PM
State Sen. Barbara Buono (MEL EVANS/AP) (MEL EVANS / AP)

Gov. Christie's Democratic challenger, Sen. Barbara Buono, has been running an intense social media campaign. Outmatched about 5:1 in donations, and suffering from low name recognition across the state, Buono has taken to social media -- posting ads on Facebook and tweeting daily. 

But her campaign apparently missed one axiom of 2013: Don't let strangers post willy-nilly on your page.  

When I checked yesterday Buono's page was filled, almost entirely, with vehemently pro-Christie -- or just anti-Buono -- posts. In fact, it was hard to find a pro-Buono sentiment in the bunch. Comments included: 

  • Christie is the best thing that's happened to nj in years
  • Tax and spend like there is no tomorrow! How are you going to be any different? Seems Florio promised lower taxes and see where that got us, and every Democrat after him did the same. :/ 
  • Stay away from my FB web page. This is harrasment already. I do not care about you. Tired of what you represent. Liberal agenda.
POSTED: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 11:01 AM

All you need to know about the $1.8 billion Sandy federal aid package that Gov. Christie is divvying up for homeowners, renters, business and my story in today's Inquirer:

TRENTON - Six months to the day after Sandy made landfall, Gov. Christie announced that $1.83 billion from a federal aid package is officially on its way to homeowners, renters, businesses, and local governments.

The money won't get into the hands of those affected by Sandy until at least the summer, though - a fact that Christie blamed in part on Congress' three-month delay in approving $60 billion for affected states. The bills finally passed after repeated scolding from Christie and other Northeastern politicians.

POSTED: Friday, April 26, 2013, 12:47 PM
Gov. Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, arrive at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, on Thursday. (Charles Dharapak / Associated Press)

1) It is becoming readily apparent that Dem challenger Barbara Buono cannot compete in the celebrity category.

Last week, Christie was named to TIME's 100 most influential people in the world. This week, he was one of three governors to attend the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library in Texas (and he had dinner with Matt Lauer while he was there). Before that, he told a town hall that U2's Bono called his wife, Mary Pat, and left a voicemail. And tomorrow night, he's going to the national political prom known as the White House Correspondents Club dinner with media maven Arianna Huffington.

2) Christie (maybe) is getting web design advice from Obama (or so it seems).

POSTED: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 1:01 PM
Gov. Chris Christie holds a news conference at the Metropolitan Family Health Network in Jersey City, N.J., on Monday, March 4, 2013, where he touted his decision to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. (AP Photo/The Jersey Journal, Reena Rose Sibayan)

Two weeks ago at a town hall meeting, a 4-year-old boy asked Christie what his favorite TV show was. The gov dodged; he said he liked watching sports on TV. Then, he turned the question around on the boy: What's your favorite TV show.

"Scooby-doo," the boy said.

"When I was 4," Christie said, to the delight of the crowd, "my favorite show was Scooby-doo, too."

POSTED: Monday, April 22, 2013, 11:12 AM

Gov. Christie's statements against the war on drugs have been given the auto-tune treatment from the Gregory Brothers (of Antoine Dodson fame).

The video, now circulating the interweb to mark the stoner holiday of April 20, is a mash-up of politicians -- libertarian U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican Christie -- making statements against the war on drugs. Christie's back-up "singers" are famed New Jersey potheads Jay and Silent Bob, who are superimposed next to Christie as he speaks. 

OK it's hard to explain. You'll have to watch the video.

POSTED: Monday, April 22, 2013, 3:44 PM

In case you missed it, here's my analysis in Sunday's paper of the gubernatorial race so far:

TRENTON - Barbara Buono is losing.

Yes, it's still more than six months until an election in which she tries to unseat a popular governor. And yes, beating Chris Christie - named last week to Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world, for God's sake - was never going to be easy.

POSTED: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 11:19 AM
Gov. Christie talks with 9-year-old Ginjer Doherty during a Shore visit in early November after Hurricane Sandy hit. (Clem Murray/Staff)

For the second time, TIME magazine named the gov to its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. (For the second time, I did not make the list.)

The twist this year, though, was TIME enlisted a fourth-grader from the down the Shore to write the accompanying article about Christie. The girl, Ginjer Doherty, has become something of a symbol of the pain and rebirth of Superstorm Sandy ever since Christie consoled her in front of the Port Monmouth firehouse on Nov. 5.

I was the only newspaper reporter along for the helicopter trip to this devastated part of the Shore, and not long after he arrived Ginjer's mom, Gail, introduced her to Christie. Ginjer was small and teary. Her home was destroyed. The governor bent down, put his hands on her shoulders and looked into her eyes. 

POSTED: Monday, April 15, 2013, 1:21 PM
Gov. Christie with State Sen. Tom Kean Jr "A lot of great ideas that would bring real accountability to government are blocked by those who benefit from the status quo," Kean said. (MICHAEL EIN/Associated Press) (MICHAEL EIN / Associated Press)

TRENTON - The federal prosecutor who busted more than 130 corrupt politicians became governor based in part on New Jerseyans' belief, and hope, that he could clean up government.

But despite a sweeping ethics package that Republican Gov. Christie proposed in his first year in office - and despite continued political corruption in all corners of government - Trenton during the Christie administration is where ethics reforms have gone to die.

None of the governor's ethics proposals dating to September 2010 have been passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature. That means state workers can still collect a public salary and public pension at the same time. Campaign contributions can still be intentionally hidden by funneling money from one political group to another. And criminally convicted public officials can still keep part of their pensions.

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