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Tag: Governor

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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Christie Signs Sport Wagering Legalization Bill

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

meadowlandsracetrackTaking another step beyond his September administrative action to stop prosecuting sports wagering in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie signed legislation on Friday (S-2460) that removes prohibitions blocking sports wagering in the Garden State.

“As I’ve said all along, I am a strong proponent of legalized sports wagering in New Jersey,” said Gov. Christie in a press release. “But given earlier decisions by federal courts, it was critical that we follow a correct and appropriate path to curtail new court challenges and expensive litigation. I believe we have found that path in this bipartisan legislative effort.” 

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Christie’s Epic Public Union Smackdown

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Regardless of how you feel about the hiring of Joey D’s kid, Save Jerseyans, you’ve gotta love last night’s Christie Christie radio smackdown of a troll public sector union caller who called to take on the Governor and walked away dragging his tail between his legs when Christie let loose an epic rant on the public pension/benefits system

We don’t get to see much of this guy anymore. I miss him:

Christie, Bell Set to Campaign at Morristown Diner

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

bell and christieJeff Bell recently told Mark Levin that Chris Christie would, in fact, stump with him down the final stretch of this year’s #njsen election.

Now we have the details, Save Jerseyans.

The duo will greet patrons (and likely field questions) at the Morristown Diner (73 Morris Street) at 7:45 AM on Monday, October 20th.

Polling in the race shows anything from a high single-digit to low double-digit lead for Cory Booker, a freshman Democrat who represents Twitter.

 

Christie Visits Maine, Lauds “Common Sense Conservative Republican Leadership”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The Governor was on the ground in Maine on Tuesday with his colleague Governor LaPage, Save Jerseyans, fighting to help him get across the finish line in a race that’s within 1-point per the RCP average:

Christie Unpopular in Perennially Wrong Poll

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Polling StationWe have new Rutgers-Eagleton poll results out today that show Governor Chris Christie’s approval rating upside down at 42% favorable to 45% unfavorable.

Okay. There’s no doubt he’s down across the board from this time last year, Save Jerseyans. No question about it. And most of the reasons for the trend are obvious. But as I have detailed for you in the past, the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll is our state’s least consistent survey. They’ve always got the margin wrong. In every big race. Every single time.

Not trying to be mean but it is what it is.

Just take that for whatever it’s worth. I’m going to continue to take every Rutgers-Eagleton release with a grain of salt until they get one right. Click here if you want to check it out anyway.

Christie: Wolf Will Make PA “Unaffordable”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie isn’t backing off of this year’s uphill Pennsylvania gubernatorial defense because he can’t, Save Jerseyans. Not with Republicans currently projected to lose three governors in the RCP average.

Here’s some footage from Thursday’s Valley Forge rally:

Christie to NAACP: “Sinners” in Both Parties

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie’s Saturday NAACP talk hit on familiar themes, Save Jerseyans, ones which he’s expected to carry into his presidential campaign with the expectation of echoing (repeating might be too big of a climb) the electoral breadth of his 2013 Garden State victory. “I don’t think second chances are just the domain of Democrats or Republicans,” Christie told the membership luncheon attendees gathered at the Hilton Parsippany. “Because from my perspective, we have sinners and wrongdoers aplenty in both parties.”

Here’s the full speech (it runs a little over half an hour):

Christie Wades into Sayreville Hazing Debacle

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The Governor also said he was “concerned” about the ongoing Ebola crisis amid concerns from legislators and experts during a press availability outside of the offices of the Dioceses of Trenton on Thursday afternoon:

Transcript:

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Christie to Address the NAACP

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

chris christieHere’s one to watch, Save Jerseyans:

Governor Chris Christie will deliver the keynote address at this upcoming Saturday’s NAACP New Jersey State Convention Membership Luncheon at the Hilton Parsippany.

It’s hard to view a prominent Republican’s speech offered at an event hosted by our country”s preeminent ideologically-liberal minority organization outside of the context of 2016. Mitt Romney addressed the national NAACP in 2012; that candidate’s speech was widely debated in the press for a full week. Christie can be expected to discuss his educational and drug/criminal justice reform initiatives (among other topics).

We’ll let you know what happens…

Christie Phonebanking in Connecticut

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The race in Connecticut is too close to call with four weeks left to go, Save Jerseyans, so Governor Chris Christie saddled up to a telephone station and participated in a Tom Foley phone bank on Monday (h/t NJ.com); he’ll visit Florida on Wednesday for Rick Scott before traveling to Pennsylvania for a Thursday rally and then off to New England (RI & NH) on Friday:

Christie to Rally with Embattled Corbett

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie corbettPA Governor Tom Corbett has consistently trailed his Democrat opponent Tom Wolf by double-digit margins in head-to-head polling since last fall, Save Jerseyans, but that hasn’t stopped RGA Chairman Chris Christie from spending considerable time (and treasure) in the Keystone state.

With under four weeks to go before Election Day, Christie will rally with Corbett at the Valley Forge Military Academy on Thursday, October 9th. Appropriate location, right?

Gov. Christie may need help jump-starting deflated PA GOP’er spirits. For starters, he could talk about how Corbett is a clone – ideologically and physically – of Jon Corzine. Seriously… it’s creepy.

The RGA had already invested nearly $2 million in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race as of September. Thanks in large part to the sinking fortunes of Corbett and his colleague Rick Scott (R-FL), RCP’s rolling poll average conglomeration presently projects a national Democrat net pick-up of +2