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January 10, 2014 | By David Horsey
Gov. Chris Christie is in extreme damage-control mode, apologizing to constituents and asking forgiveness for the dunderheaded shenanigans of some of his closest staffers. He is desperate to evade a growing reputation as a political bully that could scuttle his chance to become the Republican nominee for president in 2016. As revealed by a series of email exchanges, three of Christie's top aides closed down all but one of the traffic lanes at the entrance to the George Washington Bridge to punish the Democratic mayor in the nearby town of Fort Lee, who failed to fall in line behind the Republican governor in his recent reelection campaign.
March 12, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
POMONA, N.J. - His state wrecked and reeling from Superstorm Sandy, Chris Christie made himself the face of New Jersey's comeback effort with a take-charge tour de force that became a cornerstone of an expected run for president. But the made-for-campaign-ads story of resurrection is now riddled with failures: poor performance by contractors, accusations of insider deals and increasing frustration from homeowners still waiting for recovery funds. In the aftermath of the George Washington Bridge scandal, Gov. Christie and top members of his administration also face questions about whether he and his aides used disaster relief funds to reward friends and punish enemies.
August 30, 2012
Re "Christie has words for California," Aug. 28 That was a whale of an insult spouted by the governor of New Jersey and keynote speaker at the Republican Convention, Chris Christie, calling Gov. Jerry Brown "an old retread. " Christie faults Brown for not raising taxes and instead allowing the voters to decide. But isn't this what the Republicans have been calling for? Getting government off our backs and letting people take care of their lives? William Landau Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Cracks in the city's sidewalk plan Letters: Ron Paul and an unwelcoming GOP Letters: Who's to blame for Rachel Corrie's death?
March 12, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
The strategy of Tesla Motors to sell its electric Model S sports sedan through company-owned stores took a hit this week when New Jersey required that autos sold in the state have to move through a middleman, namely a dealer. At the urging of auto dealers, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission changed a rule Tuesday to require a franchise license to sell new cars in the state. Tesla has two company owned stores in New Jersey stores -- in Short Hills and Paramus -- that were operating under different licenses.
October 11, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Just one week after announcing he would not run for president, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is endorsing Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination, sources confirm. Christie will attend Tuesday night's Republican debate in New Hampshire as Romney's guest. The Romney campaign had announced the former Massachusetts governor would address supporters this afternoon with a "special guest. " When he reaffirmed his decision not to be a presidential candidate, Christie had suggested he was not likely to endorse one of the official candidates soon.
October 4, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli and James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
The Chris Christie boomlet appears to be drawing to a close. The New Jersey governor is expected to make his decision regarding the 2012 presidential race official Tuesday afternoon, likely ruling out one final time a run for the White House. For months, Christie has insisted that he will not run for president, saying among other things that he did not think he was ready to step into the office. But he found himself under new pressure in recent weeks as Republicans surveyed the field of announced candidates and still found it lacking.
September 29, 2011 | By James Oliphant
If some conservatives believe Rick Perry is soft on illegal immigration, what would they make of Chris Christie's statement three years ago asserting that undocumented immigrants aren't criminals? In 2008, when Christie was the U.S. attorney in New Jersey, he told a church forum that “being in this country without proper documentation is not a crime.” Christie, who was appointed to that position by President George W. Bush, went on to say that an immigrant lacking documents is a civil wrong.
September 30, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Straight-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a portly guy -- and has spoken publicly in the past about his struggles with the scale.  Now that he might be a contender for Republican nominee for president, other people are speaking publicly about his weight, too, and what impact it might have on his electability next November. Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson wrote that the governor needed to lose weight for his (and the country's) health . Others complained that an inability to lose weight was a sort of failure of character .  Still others rushed to the would-be candidate's defense, writing that fretting over Christie's weight had more to do with prejudice than with real concerns about politics.
January 11, 2014
Re "Emails link Christie aide to scandal," Jan. 8 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie denies direct responsibility for the retaliatory traffic jam in Fort Lee, whose mayor refused to endorse the governor for reelection. Christie may say the traffic tie-up was the action of rogue staff, but he must accept responsibility for presiding over a moral swamp in which such a vicious scheme would even be considered. The GOP's dirty tricks go back to Richard Nixon. The catalog of uncivil Republican actions demonstrates a lack of consideration for the interests of the American people: holding up important nominations, shutting down the government, threatening to default on the debt and doing everything possible to undermine healthcare reform (and having the chutzpah to complain about its implementation)
August 29, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
TAMPA, Fla. -- Ann Romney's personal testimonial on behalf of her husband at the Republican convention Tuesday “freed me up” to make a broader case against Democrats, Chris Christie said Wednesday. The New Jersey governor reflected on his keynote address at a breakfast hosted by the New Hampshire and Pennsylvania delegations, and seemed aware of chatter that his remarks were disproportionately focused on his own record and not the candidate his party had nominated just hours earlier.
March 6, 2014 | By Maeve Reston and Michael A. Memoli
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Gov. Chris Christie arrived at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday at one of the most difficult moments of his political career: The investigations into his administration's mammoth traffic jam continue, his poll numbers have plunged, and the socially conservative GOP voters who dominate this gathering have always been his biggest hurdle in a potential quest for the presidency. But with surprisingly expansive comments on his opposition to abortion, the New Jersey governor drew a warm reception before a group that did not even invite him last year, a slight ascribed to organizers' criticism of his conservative credentials.
February 27, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
TRENTON, N.J. -- In the mysterious political grudge-fest that spawned the George Washington Bridge traffic pileup, a new object of ire has emerged: a New Jersey rabbi. A newly released version of a text exchange between David Wildstein and Bridget Anne Kelly, two key figures in the bridge scandal, shows them exchanging barbed jokes about Rabbi Mendy Carlebach of the Chabad of North and South Brunswick - and chaplain to the Police Department at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridges.
February 20, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
PORT MONMOUTH, N.J. - Perhaps borrowing a bit of stagecraft from his idol,  Bruce Springsteen, Gov. Chris Christie let a 3-year-old girl ask the last question at a town hall meeting Thursday. “Our house is still broken,” said Nicole Brier, one of the many in the packed VFW Hall here whose home was damaged in Superstorm Sandy - and who are still waiting, with increasing anger, for state aid to come through. “I understand your frustration,” Christie said. “I feel it myself.
February 20, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak, This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
Another incriminating cache of emails, another Republican governor facing harsh questions and once more the hounds of political scandal are in full cry. There are, however, important differences between the controversies surrounding Wisconsin's Scott Walker and New Jersey's Chris Christie, which matter as both weigh potential 2016 campaigns for president. On Wednesday, Wisconsin investigators released thousands of pages of documents regarding public employees doing inappropriate political work for Walker when he was Milwaukee County executive, before his 2010 election as governor.
February 10, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
The New Jersey state committee investigating the George Washington Bridge traffic jam wants to see Gov. Chris Christie's helicopter flight records, trying to determine if one flight took him over the scene of the epic mess created by Christie's aides. Continuing an aggressive hunt for records, the joint investigative committee on Monday authorized 18 new subpoenas for information, including one to the New Jersey State Police aviation unit, which operates the helicopters, according to a source familiar with the committee.  A spokesman for Christie confirmed one flight in that vicinity during the four-day traffic jam: a trip from Sept.
February 3, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday insisted he never knew that his aides had intentionally fouled up traffic approaches to the George Washington Bridge until after the lanes had been reopened - though he admitted he might have heard about traffic snarls while they were happening and not paid any attention. Answering questions during his monthly radio call-in show from Trenton, Christie also said that federal prosecutors had subpoenaed records from his office, as part of investigations into possible abuses of power by his administration.
January 13, 2014 | By Barbara Garson
If Chris Christie's insistence that he didn't order his aides to snarl traffic on the George Washington Bridge sounds familiar, it should. Think Shakespeare. More specifically, think "Richard II. " Reading the emails sent by Christie's aides and appointees, I couldn't help but think about the scene in which Sir Pierce of Exton has a conversation with an unnamed servant. They've both heard King Henry IV express what sounds like a wish to have the imprisoned former king, Richard, executed.
January 17, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the man of the hour thanks to his administation's alleged involvement in a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge in September. You might think that aside from his news conferences, the only place Christie should be appearing these days is on serious news programs, not late-night TV. Yet, somehow, "Late Show" host David Letterman claimed to have Christie himself (a one-time guest) on the phone on Thursday night. And yes, at first, it sounded like Letterman did indeed have the embattled governor on the horn.
February 1, 2014 | By Chris Megerian and Joseph Tanfani
TRENTON, N.J. - With a hot sun bearing down, Gov. Chris Christie grasped a ceremonial shovel and dug into a patch of dirt where a new park would bloom in a blighted area of Newark. To his right, holding another shovel, was Bill Baroni, then Christie's appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey - and now a central player in the George Washington Bridge scandal that has enveloped the New Jersey governor and his aides. Baroni was delivering a $9-million boost from his agency's coffers to buy land for the park.
January 31, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani and Mark Z. Barabak
A former close aide to Gov. Chris Christie said the governor knew about the George Washington Bridge road closures while they were happening, disputing the governor's assertions that he only learned about the mess later. A lawyer for David Wildstein, who engineered the lane closures while working at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said in a letter that the closures came at the “at the Christie adminstration's order” and that “evidence exists” to show the governor learned of it during the closures and the ensuing four-day traffic jam in Fort Lee, the town leading to the bridge.
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