Archive: July, 2011
UPDATED: 7:22 pm
SOMERVILLE — Gov. Christie was hospitalized for eight hours Thursday after suffering an asthma attack with light-headedness and shortness of breath on the way to a bill signing and press conference.
Christie, 48, who said he felt better, if not tired, after being released from Somerset Medical Center in Central New Jersey, never lost consciousness and planned to resume work on Friday.
SOMERVILLE, N.J. - Gov. Christie remains hospitalized at Somerset Medical Center after complaining of difficulty breathing.
A crowd of reporters is waiting outside the hospital, with a helicopter hovering overhead just a few moments ago.
Christie's wife, Mary Pat is reportedly inside.
Because you just knew he had an opinion, the gov thrust himself into the debate over the federal debt crisis today. He said the prez needs to put a plan in writing, and then come to a compromise with Congress, just like he did with the pension and bennies reform plan:
"The fact of the matter is the president has spoken in platitudes about this, thrown numbers out there, but we have not seen a plan out there...I've seen here in New Jersey there is no substitute for executive leadership, and that means taking risk. When we put out our pension and benefit reform plan last year, there were no plans out there....What it did was it started a conversation, and by January the senate president had put forward a plan...You can't lead from behind, that goes for anybody in Congress, that goes for the president of the United States also."
Gov. Christie attended the swearing-in ceremony yesterday for his nominee for a Superior Court judgeship despite rabid opposition by conservatives who feared that the man, an Indian-American Muslim, would enforce Islamic Shariah law instead of the U.S. Constitution.
"Shariah law has nothing to do with this at all, it's crazy, the guy's an American citizen who has been an admitted lawyer to practice in the state of New Jersey swearing an oath to uphold the laws of the state of New Jersey, the constitution of the state of New Jersey, and the constitution of the United States of America...
"So this Shariah law business is crap, it's just crazy, and I'm tired of dealing with the crazies. Its just unnecessary to be accusing this guy of things just because of his religious background."
The dean of the Trenton press corps is returning to New Jersey public television.
After Gov. Christie shut down New Jersey Network in order to get the state out of the public broadcasting business - and after he laid off or forcing the retirement of more than 100 state employees in the process - a new non-profit called NJTV was created under the auspices of New York's public TV station and power broker kin Steve Adubato Jr.
The new station wouldn't be funded through tax dollars and, we were led to believe, wouldn't hire former NJN employees. But then reviews came back from Democrats saying NJTV wasn't living up to the standard of government-focused broadcasting that was set by NJN.
Dateline, Des Moines.
I'm back from vaca and here in Iowa, taking the temperature on Gov. Christie's still non-existent presidential campaign. I sat down with the governor yesterday, and we'll have more on that later in the week. I just tried to ask Michele Bachmann about the gov -- and whether he's stealing the thunder of the presidential candidates who are actually running -- but she was only talking about the debt crisis today.
Christie spoke for a half-hour about education yesterday in front of more than 1,000 people at the Iowa Education Summit. Unlike any other education reform speech I can remember, Christie didn't attack the New Jersey Education Association union. Not once. Read all about that here.
The gov is on vacation, and so Christie Chronicles is going dark until the last week in July.
Where is Gov. Christie? We know that he was in Idaho last week mixing and mingling with some media and political big-wigs, and we that know he's having "down time" with the fam at an "undisclosed location" right about now. He ends his vaca in Salt Lake City for the National Governors Association meeting.
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno will be subbing for Christie while he's gone.
A post-budget war of words between GOP Gov. Christie and Democratic Senate President Stephen Sweeney continued today with Sweeney's visit to The Inquirer's editorial board.
Some background: On Sunday, Star-Ledger columnist Tom Moran quoted an agitated Sweeney saying some choice words about the governor -- including one word that is more commonly spoken at Eagles-Cowboys games, not in pages of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Sweeney also called Christie a "punk" and "a mean old bastard that screws everybody."
Sweeney was angry over the governor's massive cuts to the Democratic budget in the wake of their bipartisan agreement on health benefits and pension reform. "I wanted to punch him in his head," Sweeney said.