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Tag: Governor

Trick-or-Stump: Christie Spends Halloween on RGA Circuit

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie pumpkinWith the race for control of America’s governors’ mansions all tied-up per the RCP average and his political street cred on the line, Save Jerseyans, RGA Chairman Chris Christie is spending the final 12o hours leading up to Election Day on the road shoring up some of his priority candidates… including Scott Walker! So calm down, conspiracy theorists.

Details via the RGA:

On Friday, Governor Christie will travel to Arkansas to attend an event for GOP Gubernatorial Nominee Asa Hutchinson, to Kansas to attend events for Governor Sam Brownback and the RGA, and then to Wisconsin to attend events for Governor Scott Walker.

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Christie lays out rules of engagement in NM

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Did Gov. Chris Christie go overboard by devouring a heckler during Wednesday’s Sandy anniversary tour, Save Jerseyans?

“If you give it, you’re getting it back,” Christie responded when asked about the exchange during a Thursday campaign stop with ally Susana Martinez in New Mexico:

Christie on Hickox’s Quarantine: “If it’s good enough for our men and women in uniform…”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Yessss! More unassailable logic (and strong words directed at the Obama Administration) from Governor Chris Christie during Wednesday’s multi-county Sandy anniversary tour as the media continues to entertain the extended-temper tantrum of nurse Kaci “the Brat” Hickox:

Transcript below the fold:

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Rooney: Christie is leading because Obama isn’t

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

rooney chasing nj web cameraOur Blogger-in-Chief Matt Rooney continued his full-throated defense of Governor Chris Christie’s Ebola quarantine decision-making on Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, telling the crew of Chasing New Jersey that it’s all a question of leadership.

“The one thing that’s easier to do than lead yourself is tear down somebody else who’s trying to lead,” Rooney said, hours after the Governor’s appearance on NBC’s Today Show. “The CDC and the Obama administration have been repeatedly wrong from the very beginning of this crisis. First, they told us Ebola was unlikely to get here, and then it got here alright. Then they told us it was unlikely to spread to any of the healthcare workers, sure enough we have two nurses that contracted Ebola. Governor Christie is doing what any leader should do. The Obama administration should draw from what him and now several other governors are now trying to do, airing on the side of caution instead of making this a political matter or trying to score points.”

Video of Matt’s segment is below the fold…

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Christie on NBC: “CDC was behind on this”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

There are a lot of lies floating around out there right now about Governor Chris Christie, Save Jerseyans, lately on both the Ebola and RGA fronts, but we’ll continue to police the B.S. as best we can. 

Of course, Gov. Christie didn’t need any help from us this morning on the Today Show:

Transcript:

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Fact Check: Christie’s Consistent Ebola Quarantine Position

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie florida ebolaGov. Christie had promised during his Fox News Sunday appearance that “the CDC eventually will come around to our point of view.”

What he didn’t anticipate? The Left attempting to change our collective memory of the Governor’s position!

Specifically, the media is doing the best it can this morning to break up the Andrew Cuomo/Chris Christie Ebola response alliance since it makes the Administration’s response look even worse in comparison, Save Jerseyans, but the Christie Administration said last night that it’s not absolutely changing its quarantine plan under pressure from the White House even though the media is stubbornly insisted that they already have changed it (despite evidence to the contrary).

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Christie on Fox News Sunday: “CDC eventually will come around to our point of view on this”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie fox news sundayGovernor Chris Christie once again managed to place himself at the center of the national conversation this week, Save Jerseyans, but this time it had nothing to do with RGA campaigning, lane closures or assorted other Christie mainstream media topics de jure.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, the Big Guy defended his decision (in conjunction with Andrew Cuomo) to institute a mandatory Ebola quarantine, a step to which he boldly (and characteristically) insists “the CDC eventually will come around to our point of view” even if the first quarantined individual feels inconvenienced (rolls eyes)…

Watch:

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Christie, Cuomo Buck Obama’s CDC on Ebola

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

There’s little doubt that the Obama Administration’s weak sauce screening procedures resulted in New York’s first Ebola case, Save Jerseyans. Governors Chris Christie (R-NJ) and Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) got together on Friday to go further than the Commander-in-Chief, further even than Christie went earlier in the week, by instituting a mandatory quarantine.

It’s the right thing to do. It’s a sign, regardless of how you may feel about either governor, that they’ve got cojones (unlike our president). And don’t think both men, shrewd politicians, aren’t acutely aware of the contrast… 

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Thanksgiving just got a lot less sucky, NJ motorists!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie declined to answer direct questions about the Transportation Trust Fund and a proposed gas tax hike, Save Jerseyans, other than to say that Trenton is working it out, as he stood side-by-side with Senate President Steve Sweeney and DOT’s Jamie Fox on Friday, cars whizzing by the Molly Pitcher Service Area at high speeds (and with a few honks) to celebrate the ceremonial opening of six new lanes between exits 6 and 9.

More on that later.

The cost of the $7 billion Turnpike capital improvement program (which looks pretty nice, by the way, and just in time for holiday shopping) was funded by a less-than-nice 53% Turnpike toll hike and a 50% Garden State Parkway toll hike…

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Christie Hits Trail with MacArthur

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie and macarthurAfter stumping in Morris County for Jeff Bell on Monday and plenty of RGA candidates in the ensuing two days, Gov. Christie will head to the Mastoris Diner in Bordentown on Thursday to boost Tom MacArthur (R, NJ-03) down the home stretch.

The 1:00 p.m. meet-and-greet photo opportunity is part of the MacArthur campaign’s ambitious “Get Out The Vote for TMAC Tour” which is taking the congressional hopeful to every municipality in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District over the final two weeks before Election Day.

In truth, the Governor’s South Jersey visit may have more to do with Burlington County’s down-ballot contests than the House; MacArthur is building a double-digit lead in the district as GOP independent expenditure groups pile on and their Democrat counterparts check out.

 

Christie Announces Ebola Plan

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

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While the feds continue to debate a travel ban on the campaign trail, Save Jerseyans, Gov. Chris Christie issued an executive order of his own today designed to improve coordination and preparedness in the face of a foreign Ebola threat that has resulted in three cases (thus far) on American soil.

These are the times in which we live, and New Jersey has one of the nation’s largest ports of entry from the African continent. “He’s asymptomatic,” Gov. Christie said during his Wednesday press conference, addressing a breaking story concerning a screened passenger from Liberia arriving at Newark’s Liberty International airport. “We anticipate that the patient and his wife will be released.”

The text of the Governor’s press release (explaining the force and effect of today’s order) is below the fold:

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Christie Rocks Pancake House for Hogan

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Democrats are busy playing defense with two weeks left to go before America votes, Save Jerseyans, but Governor Chris Christie’s RGA tried to expand its target map on Tuesday by sending the chairman to a pancake house in deep blue Maryland  (he was in DC for a Chamber of Commerce keynote) to stump for gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan, a Republican who appears to be closing the gap.

And no, before you ask, he never touched a pancake…

Christie to Chamber: “I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie staring at town hallGov. Chris Christie was in one of his blunt moods at Tuesday’s U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s 15th Annual Legal Reform Summit in Washington, D.C., Save Jerseyans, letting the audience gathered to hear his keynote address know, in no uncertain terms, that he’s “tired” of minimum wage proponents behaving as if raising it is an elixir for America’s economic ills.

“Is that what parents aspire to for our children?” Christie, according to The Hill, told a large H Street crowd. “They aspire to a greater, growing America, where their children have the ability to make much more money and have much great success than they have, and that’s not about a higher minimum wage.”

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Christie’s Most Important Election?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie iowaWhile the GOP may be favored to capture the Senate and expand its House majority on November 4th, Save Jerseyans, gains in our nation’s governor mansions appear to be more elusive.

It’s complicated. To be fair, RGA Chairman Chris Christie had his work cut out for him from day numero uno. Big time. Unlike the Senate picture, this year’s gubernatorial battleground map is heavy on Republican defenses. How heavy? No less than nine GOP incumbents are running for reelection in states where Barack Obama won in both 2008 and 2012. An all-but-certain GOP loss in Pennsylvania coupled with a narrow but real Democrat edge in Maine have, cumulatively, kept New Jersey’s Governor on the road, almost constantly, visiting diners and raising money.

So this morning, Gov. Christie will wrap up a retail stop with Jeff Bell in Morris County and depart immediately thereafter for Kansas and Colorado and then, on Tuesday, he visits Maryland, Illinois and Michigan.

But make no mistake about it: the urgency felt by Team Christie extends well-beyond the sky-high stakes of Election 2014.

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