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Category: Chris Christie

Christie: ‘No’ to Open Space Question

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Plenty of his fellow Republicans voted YEA and, so I’m told, the addition of a costly open space preservation question to this year’s ballot was critical to winning liberal legislative votes for bail reform, a top administration priority. All the same, Governor Chris Christie took a break from celebrating Sandy recovery efforts in Sea Bright on Thursday to answer a number of press inquiries ranging from pension management allegations to his opposition to the latest open space scheme:

The Land of Opportunity

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

From the Land of Lincoln to the Land of Clinton, Governor Chris Christie spent the Wednesday before Labor Day Weekend stumping in Arkansas for Asa Hutchinson, Save Jerseyans; the RGA Chair hopes that this particular state lives up to its nickname and yields another pick up in November; recent polling isn’t doing anything to dissuade anyone:

Christie Files Direct Appointments

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The New Jersey State HouseThese direct appointments do not subject to the advice or consent of the New Jersey State Senate:

DIRECT APPOINTMENTS
SALEM COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS
Public Member
Appoint Dana Mulligan (Pilesgrove, Salem)
NEW JERSEY ENVIRONMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE TRUST BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Appointment by the Governor Upon the Recommendation of the Senate President
Reappoint Robert A. Briant, Jr. (Manasquan, Monmouth)

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Christie to Raise Cash Over Eggs for MacArthur

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jon Runyan (center) watches Gov. Christie answer questions at a NJ-03 town hall meeting.

Jon Runyan (center) watches Gov. Christie answer questions at a NJ-03 town hall meeting.

Governor Chris Christie is stepping up his in-state fundraising this cycle, Save Jerseyans, and the latest beneficiary will be the Republican candidate fighting to retain this year’s most competitive Garden State House seat: Tom MacArthur.

He’s heading to Toms River on Thursday morning for a breakfast at the Route 9 Ramada hotel; it’s happening between out-of-state fundraising trips on behalf of RGA-backed candidates. Next up in the coming weeks: North Carolina, South Carolina and a trade mission to Mexico.

MacArthur opponent Aimee Belgard, one of the only non-incumbents in modern Congressional history to dodge debate challenges, dropped her own e-mail fundraising appeal on the eve of Christie’s Ocean County visit. “Governor Chris Christie’s coming to the district in just 24 HOURS,” it reads. “Why? He plans to rake in thousands of dollars for Aimee’s radical right-wing opponent.”

Yawn…

Christie: Illinois Makes New Jersey “Blush”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie is spending a healthy chunk of his RGA chairmanship (and war chest) in the Land of Lincoln, Save Jerseyans, helping Republican Bruce Rauner finish the job and build on his lead over Democrat incumbent Pat Quinn. It’s all for good reason. As Christie noted during a Monday campaign swing in a conversation with supporters, he detects real parallels between this year’s race in Illinois and his own in 2009 against Jon Corzine.

Turning one of America’s bluest states red would also be a huge feather in Chris Christie’s cap heading into 2016 when, again, Illinois might prove as crucial to his delegate count as it did for Mitt Romney in 2012. He can’t run nationally on taking back the N.J. legislature or an unimpeachable conservative track record; his team does want to make the point that he’s a party-builder and Illinois is one of the places they’d like to point throughout 2015 and beyond. It’s a “point of contrast.”

Democrats aren’t going down easily. Keeping it light, Gov. Christie pointed to Illinois 11th hour law changes, including a same-day voter registration law, as evidence of very un-Democrat behavior even by Garden State standards…

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Christie Soliciting Funds for Bell

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jeff BellThe NJ GOP is certainly stepping up its online fundraising efforts in 2014, Save Jerseyans.

After using its formidable online list serve to raise money for Wisconsin’s Scott Walker last week, this Thursday, the Sate Republican Committee shared an e-mail signed by Governor Christie asking donors to donate directly to Jeff Bell’s U.S. Senate campaign and, having done so, “reject the failed agenda of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.” The e-mail blast further noted how recent polling suggests a single-digit race.

More help might be coming soon for the GOP nominee taking on Cory Booker (D-Twitter) in November. Governor Christie’s long-time confidante and national Republican emissary Bill Palatucci recently promised a Christie-headlined fundraiser for Bell.

The NJ GOP’s blast e-mail is below the fold:

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Christie in Kansas Talking Missouri

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The reelection campaign of Governor Sam Brownback (R-KS) remains close, Save Jerseyans, prompting a high-level visit from none other than RGA Chairman Chris Christie on Wednesday, but the nation’s most high profile Republican public official couldn’t get away from questions about the events 300 miles away in Ferguson, Missouri…

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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