The consequences of the New Jersey Republican Party’s disastrous legislative cycle are starting to take their toll, Save Jerseyans.
Trenton Democrats are eagerly pursuing potential scandals and policy conflicts to hurt Chris Christie’s chance of becoming president. Their no-weaker-for-the-wear caucus feels emboldened for having survived the “wave” that never arrived.
Days after former Vice President Dick Cheney aired his doubts about Chris Christie to FOX News host and Christie Mendham neighbor Neil Cavuto, Ron Paul returned to declare how, in his opinion, the New Jersey Governor is doomed to the same fate as the last two GOP presidential front runners:
The Paulbot-in-Chief is obviously more than a little biased. His son Rand continues to serve as one of the Governor’s chief antagonists and potential primary rivals. Still, it’s interesting to see an old guard Republican like former Vice President Cheney and a hardcore libertarian whose Cheney’s polar opposite like former Rep. Paul expressing similar concerns (albeit in very different ways).
We learned today that the location of Governor Chris Christie’s inauguration celebration will be none other than historic Ellis Island, Save Jerseyans.
“Today, Ellis Island stands as a symbol of the hope, freedom, and promise of opportunity afforded by our state and our nation and continues to be a powerful connection for millions of Americans to their family history,” the Inaugural Committee, headed by Bill Palatucci and Todd Christie, shared in its email announcement. “Estimates suggest that nearly half of all Americans can trace their lineage to at least one ancestor who was one of the more than 12 million individuals who passed through Ellis Island during its operation as a federal immigration station. Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument shared by New Jersey and New York.”
Ellis Island has, at various times, served as an oyster bed harvesting hot spot, arsenal and, most famously, and immigration station. A nice little subplot to January’s big event is the often dormant but never settled issue of whether Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are in New York or New Jersey territory. For one night at least, Save Jerseyans, it’s unambiguously within the borders of Christie Country.
Dick Cheney dropped in on Chris Christie’s Mendham neighbor Neil Cavuto on Monday, Save Jerseyans, and he expounded on a number of topics including the current front runner for the 2016 GOP Republican nomination:
“I watched him operate. I wasn’t a fan of the way he welcomed Barack Obama to New Jersey when the hurricane hit,” the former Vice President opined, but allowed that Christie “was the governor of New Jersey; he did what he thought was necessary.”
Over the recently-concluded Thanksgiving holiday, Save Jerseyans, you might have missed it when District 2′s Assemblyman Chris Brown stirred up some controversy on Turkey Day Eve.
While visiting Harry Hurley’s radio show, Asm. Brown had the audacity to say that Chris Christie and George Norcross had an understanding that included Christie ignoring down-ticket candidates in South Jersey, particularly when it came to fundraising, an imbalance which Brown believes made a decisive difference on November 5th.
The reaction was predictable. Hurley immediately rebuked Brown. The Republican leadership backlash was swift. Brown quickly backtracked. District 8′s Assemblyman Chris Brown (no relation) issued a statement clarifying that he was not the Chris Brown who criticized Chris Christie’s campaign strategy. The Governor even personally chastised both Brown and his vanquished running mate John Amodeo by name during Monday’s presser.
I am here to defend Chris Brown. Not his own campaign strategy or that of his running mate, but specifically his observation concerning a lack of engagement in South Jersey’s legislative races from the top of the ticket.
His current Chief of Staff Kevin O’Dowd will serves as N.J. Attorney General pending approval of the State Senate. The position has lacked a permanent chief since Jeff Chiesa left Trenton to serve as Frank Lautenberg’s interim replacement in the U.S. Senate.
Regina Egea, Director of the Authorities Unit, will replace O’Dowd. Amy Cradic, a senior policy adviser to the the Big Guy, will now serve as the new Deputy COS for Policy.
His other major front office players are remaining in place for now.
No word yet as to what Governor Chris Christie will announce today at 1:45 p.m., Save Jerseyans, other than that it’s a significant “personnel” announcement, meaning it pertains to the executive branch (as opposed to a judicial nomination). Click here to read my recap when it’s over.