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Category: Chris Christie

Christie, Bramnick React to Perry Indictment

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

bramnick and christie

Asm. Bramnick (front center) speaks as Gov. Christie looks on

Governor Chris Christie and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick are usually lock-step on the legislative front, Save Jerseyans, or at least pretty close to it. That’s not necessarily the case when it comes to Texas politics.

Christie, who continues to serves as chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), all-but declared Rick Perry innocent on Monday in a statement released by the national organization but stopped short of commenting directly on the indictment. “I have complete faith and confidence in Governor Perry’s honesty and integrity. And I’m sure that will be confirmed over time,” Christie declared.

Bramnick adopted a somewhat more circumspect approach as to Perry’s innocence but delved into the question of whether the indictment held any merit. “Although I do not agree with all of Governor Perry’s policy positions, I am a supporter of the American justice system,” Bramnick began in a statement transmitted by the Assembly GOP office. “The system should avoid any appearance of political retribution or political interference. There was apparently a history between the county district attorney and Governor Perry. Under those circumstances, an independent prosecutor to investigate the allegations should be appointed to review any alleged wrongdoing.”

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Post-Ferguson, Christie Defends U.S. Police

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie police fergusonFerguson is on everyone’s minds, Save Jerseyans, so America’s favorite Republican sound bite machine was bound to draw a question concerning it. “Do you think there’s a problem just in general in this country with the way police handle and treat young black men and black teenagers?” Christie-tracking reporter ace Matt Katz asked the Governor during his Friday visit to Asbury Park.

“Listen, I think it’s very dangerous to make generalizations about anybody like that, Matt,” Governor Christie responded, without blinking. “We have millions of dedicated men and women who are police officers across this country who work in grave danger every day to try to make sure that they protect innocent people across this country.” You can listen to the audio here.

And here’s video capturing how the crowd reacted:

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Christie Vetoes School Board Bracketing Bill

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) visits a Camden, NJ classroom in January 2014.

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) visits a Camden, NJ classroom in January 2014.

Governor Chris Christie is sending S-387/A-1363 back to the state legislature. Had he signed the bill, it would have permitted two or more school board candidates to circulate join petition and bracket together.

Advocates say the legislation would bring much-needed voter attention to these important but oft-overlooked local contests.

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Christie Vetoes Jobless Job-seeker Bill

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie Voorhees town hallClick here to read Governor Chris Christie ‘s S-1440 veto message.

Background: the Governor signed a watered-down bill on Monday that prevents an employer from inquiring into a job applicant’s criminal history prior to a first interview. This vetoed legislation would make it illegal for an employer to refuse employment on the grounds that the applicant is unemployed.

He was wrong on Monday but right today, Save Jerseyans.

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Christie Responds to Showboat Employees

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

governor christie speaks in ocean cityGovernor Christie brought his “No Pain, No Gain” tour to Ocean City on Thursday, Save Jerseyans. So I biked on up to the Music Pier to see him speak.

Now, if you’re reading this blog, you’re obviously familiar with our pension and benefits situation. So I am not going to focus on that.

Because if you read this blog, you’re also aware that I am a staunch supporter of forward-thinking strategies geared towards turning Atlantic City around and saving/creating as many jobs as possible.

The Governor was met with a handful of protesters. Some oppose his pension plan and there were a few granola types protesting the BL England Pipeline. There was also a group of Showboat employees (the casino slated to close on August 31st unless a buyer is found) demanding that Gov. Christie save their jobs by forcing Showboat to remain open.

Before delving into his pension-related remarks, the Governor took the time to address these employees. Below is video of what he said (sorry, my phone is not a TV studio). I’m not going to include any commentary; watch and arrive at your own conclusions…

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NJ GOP Raising Money for Walker

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie and walkerThe New Jersey GOP is working hard this cycle for a candidate who isn’t even in our time zone, Save Jerseyans.

A blast e-mail went out to its support list on Tuesday, sent under Governor Chris Christie’s name, seeking donations for the re-election campaign of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a potential 2016 presidential contender in his own right IF, of course, he holds on to his current job.

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Christie Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

If you’re unfamiliar with the social media-driven ‘ice bucket challenge’ to raise awareness (and money) for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), then click here for an update.

Otherwise this speaks for itself; the only question is how many of the Governor’s detractors would’ve donated their life savings to an ALS charity for a chance to dump the bucket:

Christie Signs Bail Reform, “Ban the Box” Bills

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Prison FenceThe Governor took action on five pieces of legislation on Monday, Save Jerseyans, and only one earned his conditional veto.

Bail reform (S-946/A-1910) is solid legislation but indirectly cost the taxpayers $4 billion. #YOLO!

Watered-down A-1999/S-2124, or the “Ban the Box” bill, is better than the original version but still places an unnecessary additional burden on struggling N.J. employers at a time when they’re already getting it from angles.

A run-down:

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The Governor and the Marine

By Synnove Bakke | The Save Jersey Blog

Andrew Tahmooressi

Andrew Tahmooressi

Governor Chris Christie is going to Mexico in September, Save Jerseyans. Some say it’s part of his bid to run for president in 2016. We’ll see.

Immigration remains the topic de jour; the Governor’s people say he’s going to discuss trade relations. That being said, I hope he keeps in mind there’s a decorated US Marine by the name of Andrew Tahmooressi languishing in a Mexican prison.

While he visits, I would love to see the Governor privately ask the Mexican president to find a way to pardon and release him. In fact, I hope he already has that planned.

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Christie Vetoes Fracking Waste Bill

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie at desk signing budgetThe Governor took action on a number of legislative items on Friday, Save Jerseyans, including the appointment of a pension and benefits reform review commission.

Names/bios of the members, and a full listing of legislative items acted upon (including veto messages), are below the fold…

The members of the New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission are (with more in-depth bios below):

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Don’t Blame It On the Bridge

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie smiling town hall

My words, not the Q Pollsters’ words.

The data is nevertheless convincing. Click here to see the report for yourselves. The Bipartisanship Governor is quickly becoming one of America’s most polarizing, Save Jerseyans. Quinnipiac is reporting that Governor Christie’s approval/disapproval ratings now stand 49% and 47% respectively. They’re divided evenly – 48% to 48% – on the question of whether he’s a bully and 47% to 47% on personal favorability.

Mind the trend; it’s his lowest job approval rating since August 2011 when he stood at 47%. Men modestly approve of the job he’s doing (54%) as opposed to only 44% of women, a dramatic reversal from this time last year. Support among Democrats has collapsed (down to 25%) and Independent voter approval is slightly negative at 50%.

Why? I’ll say this much: it’d be a fatal mistake for Christie backers to assume it’s 100% attributable to G.W. access for Fort Lee, New Jersey…

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Key Christie Staffer Heads to NH

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Peter Sheridan

Peter Sheridan

Updated 5:59 p.m.

Remember when we counted the Christie “octopus” tentacles together, Save Jerseyans?

Here’s an update: according to a reliable Save Jersey source in-the-know, NJ GOP Deputy Executive Director Peter Sheridan will take over as deputy campaign manager for New Hampshire GOP gubernatorial hopeful Walt Havenstein in the coming weeks.

A longtime New Jersey political hand and former Bush-Cheney Victory Director for Pennsylvania in 2004, Sheridan’s move is undoubtedly intended to boost both one of Governor Christie’s RGA priorities (he’s been up there a lot recently) and, again, his 2016 operative deployment battle plan.

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Mitt to Host Christie’s B-Day Bash

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Romney and ChristieSo says CNN, Save Jerseyans, via a scoop fed to them by Governor Chris Christie’s inner circle.

The event is planned for September (the Governor’s actual birthday is September 6th). It’s a big fundraising boost for Christie and his national efforts but, more importantly, his team hopes to downplay the prospect of a Christie vs. Romney apocalyptic primary showdown in 2016 amid what looks like a second wind of sorts for the 2012 nominee during a time when the field remains extremely unsettled.

Bad blood? What bad blood? Romney, always the class act, has consistently stood by his New Jersey compatriot throughout the Bridgegate scandal.

 

Dodging Blows from Both Sides in NH

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

This is what Chris Christie’s public life has become, Save Jerseyans.

Everyone on the planet loved him for a couple of years (save for a few New Jersey union-types and their Democrat henchmen). Now when he visits New Hampshire on a cool late July day to campaign in his capacity as RGA Chairman, he’s dodging barbs from his frenemies in the Democrat/media establishment AND the Republican Party’s tea party-ish defectors in the independent expenditure world who, ironically, hate him ever more than the liberals.

The Richard Jemmons character in Primary Colors said it best: “The media giveth, and go &%$# yourself.”

It ain’t pretty or clean but it’s entirely accurate…

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Bail Reform Fight is 100% Politics

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie addressed a joint session of the legislature on Thursday and his message was painfully simple, Save Jerseyans:

“I believe that I’ve been patient. And 2 1/2 of conversation and discussion, it seems to me, is sufficient.”

He’s referring, of course, to bail reform which in of itself isn’t very controversial. The Republican Governor and former U.S. Attorney – who is anything but a libertarian – joked about finding himself in bed with the ACLU on this particular issue, and the N.J. Supreme Court is on his side, too. Many South Jersey machine Democrats are backing it. Asm. Jon Bramnick, the GOP Assembly Minority Leader, says that there are sufficient votes for passage in his chamber.

So what’s the hold-up? Politics! What else…

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DuHaime’s Solid Point About NH Attack Ads

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

According to NH Journal, the 501(c)(4) advocacy group Judicial Crisis Network will launch new “television, radio and digital advertising” in New Hampshire on Wednesday ahead of Governor Chris Christie’s latest RGA-related trip to the presidential battleground.

Christie is there to raise money; they’re there to raise the issue of his judicial nominations.

Here’s the spot:

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Special Session Eve Bail Reform Presser

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie’s bail reform special legislative session begins Thursday at noon, Save Jerseyans, so he’s holding a press conference Wednesday, also at 12:00 p.m., to establish his expectations.

I’m sure it’ll be good TV. Always is:

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