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January 9, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
Whatever you may think of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's response to a certain traffic scandal in his state -- do you believe his reaction on learning that his aides' political motivations were exposed was "sadness" that he'd been lied to? Neither do I -- you should know that as an indication of his style of governing and politics it's peanuts. To get a better sense of his willingness to sacrifice his citizens' welfare for political expedience, you have to go back to an earlier scandal.
December 1, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
As Mitt Romney increasingly mixes it up with his primary rivals, he's unleashing Chris Christie to help take on the competition. The New Jersey governor was on the campaign trail for Romney in Florida on Thursday, and had some choice words for his new chief antagonist in the GOP race, Newt Gingrich. "Speaker Gingrich has never run anything," Christie said when asked to compare the two candidates, according to , a Scripps Media project. "He's been a legislator.
August 28, 2012 | By James Rainey, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
TAMPA, Fla. -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who many Republicans had hoped would jump into the race for president, will instead give the first big political speech of the Republican National Convention, Tuesday night in prime time. New Jersey native Mike Memoli, a political writer in the Times' Washington Bureau, will join me, your Politics Now blog host Jim Rainey, in a Google+ Hangout discussion about what to expect from Christie. Keynote speeches like the one Christie will deliver can be important introductions for politicians who have ambitions on the national stage.
September 27, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
The clamor for Chris Christie to enter the Republican presidential race is again clanging like a church bell among some sectors of the party - and while the New Jersey governor maintains he's not getting in, his schedule suggests that he is, at the very least, keeping his options open. Christie will be in Southern California on Tuesday speaking at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, an address that will be closely watched by those looking for signs that he's considering a run. He'll also be raising money, appearing at events in Santa Ana, Beverly Hills and at the home of new Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Meg Whitman.
January 8, 2012 | By Maeve Reston and Michael A. Memoli
On Sunday night in Exeter, it was official: There just might be no politician in America better at shouting down protesters than Chris Christie.   Turning out a crowd of hundreds at Exeter High School for a Mitt Romney rally just two days before Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, the New Jersey governor drowned out a pack of Occupy Wall Street protesters who piped up at various points with chants of "Mitt kills jobs" and "Christie kills jobs....
October 11, 2011 | By Maeve Reston and Michael A. Memoli
Chris Christie expects to be "very, very active" on behalf of Mitt Romney's campaign now that he's endorsed him, the New Jersey governor said Tuesday. "I've told Governor Romney, I don't need a title, I don't need anything else. I'm here to help. And so when he needs help, they should pick up the phone and ask," Christie told reporters on a conference call just hours after appearing with the former Massachusetts governor. Russ Schriefer, one of Romney's senior strategists and a media consultant and strategist for Christie's gubernatorial campaign, said Christie would be one of the campaign's "top surrogates" and "an advisor and sounding board" for Romney and his team.
July 28, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Famously overweight New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was hospitalized Thursday morning after having trouble breathing.  When his EKG, blood work and chest X-ray came back normal, doctors at the Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, N.J., diagnosed an asthma attack. The rising Republican star has spoken often about his struggles with his weight, even telling CNN talk show host Piers Morgan that he felt "guilty" about it, the Los Angeles Times reported.  He has also talked publicly about living with asthma.  The subject comes up often when he's stumping about healthcare.  According to the Wall Street Journal, the fiscal conservative cites the cost of his asthma medication when expounding on the "generosity of the state health care plan.
December 7, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
America needs to "up our game"? President Obama is still "on the bench," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie argued Wednesday. Christie leveled a blistering critique of the president as a failed leader in his luncheon remarks at the Republican Jewish Coalition's candidate forum in Washington. It's not that he objected to Obama's major address in Kansas Tuesday. In fact, he said he thought it was a fine message for the times. The problem was the messenger. Christie zeroed in on a single line, in which Obama said that America needed to "meet the moment.
October 4, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday definitively ruled out a presidential bid, saying the time was not right for him to run for national office. "I have a commitment to New Jersey that I will not abandon," the Republican governor said. For months, Christie had insisted that he would 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.
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.
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