May 7, 2013 |
An estimated 220,000 Americans undergo some type of bariatric surgery each year, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has revealed that he is one of them. The high-profile Republican - who hasn't revealed his weight but is estimated to tip the scales at between 300 and 350 pounds - said he went under the knife for a 40-minute lap band procedure on a Saturday morning in February. In less than three months, he has lost about 40 pounds, according to sources cited in various reports . A lap band procedure involves fitting an inflatable silicone ring around the stomach to reduce food intake.
April 29, 2013 |
The Obama administration approved $1.83 billion to help New Jersey recover from the effects of Superstorm Sandy, which six months ago to the day pounded through the state and metropolitan New York City areas, bring flooding, destruction and death. Half a year after the storm, the region has made major advances in cleaning up, but tens of thousands of people remain homeless and major chunks of the local economy, including tourism, remain a question mark as the summer vacation season is set to return.
April 11, 2013
Re "The GOP's fantasy lineup," Opinion, April 7 It is hard to understand why political pundits talk about the demise of the Republican Party when it has such a strong group of future young leaders, as mentioned in Doyle McManus' column. To wit: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker. To that list, I'd add Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. While the Republicans have their issues, it is the Democrats with a real leadership problem.
April 7, 2013 |
Almost four years ago, long before the 2012 presidential campaign heated up, CNN took a poll to learn who Republicans might choose as their party's next nominee. There were two clear front-runners: former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. The former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, limped in third. By the time the campaign arrived, of course, Palin and Huckabee were pursuing careers as television pundits and after-dinner speakers, not presidential candidates.
April 3, 2013 |
Mike Rice, who was fired Wednesday as basketball coach at Rutgers, apologized for the disturbing behavior he exhibited in a video that was broadcast on ESPN a day earlier. Former assistant Eric Murdock caught Rice on camera as the coach bullied players -- shoving, pushing and throwing basketballs at them and shouting verbal abuse, including anti-gay slurs. "I've let so many people down," Rice said Wednesday morning. "My players. My administration. Rutgers University. The fans.
March 16, 2013 |
OXON HILL, Md. - To most of those attending this year's biggest gathering of conservative activists, the messenger - not the message - was to blame for the Republican Party's defeat in the 2012 presidential election. That made Mitt Romney's appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday potentially awkward. But the crowd responded enthusiastically to his first public speech since election night. "As someone who just lost the last election, I'm probably not in the best position to chart the course for the next one," remarked Romney, who also said that "It's up to us to make sure that we learn from our mistakes and my mistakes.
March 1, 2013 |
If you want to bet on the Super Bowl or the World Series or the Indianapolis 500, don't go to New Jersey. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp upheld a law prohibiting sports betting in all but four states, dealing a setback to New Jersey's attempts to revive its struggling casino industry by allowing gambling on sports. The ruling drew an unhappy reaction from Gov. Chris Christie. “We believe firmly in the principles of our position on sports betting and that the federal ban is inequitable, violates New Jersey's rights as a state and is unconstitutional,” Christie said in a statement.
February 27, 2013 |
Already fierce competitors, Nevada and New Jersey are preparing to open a second front in their fight for gambling dollars, this time in the virtual world of online gaming. On Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a law legalizing Internet betting, following Nevada , which approved its version last week and hopes to be online for poker within months. Tiny Delaware is also in the hunt for online riches and could be taking bets by this fall. All three states will be offering online gaming, especially poker, to those living or visiting within their borders.
February 5, 2013 |
Fresh from being the big man on late night television, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday focused his ire on the National Flood Insurance Program and its slow rate of resolving claims from Superstorm Sandy. Christie, a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016, has taken a hard line in trying to secure federal aid for his state in the wake of the storm that hit the Northeast in October. At a meeting in Union Beach, N.J., Christie criticized the federal program that he said has been too slow and plagued by excessive paperwork and bureaucratic delays.
January 18, 2013 |
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose political hug of President Obama in the wake of Hurricane Sandy raised Republican hackles, has now criticized the National Rifle Assn. for the group's anti-gun control ad that referenced the president's two daughters. Considered a potential GOP national candidate in 2016, Christie on Thursday went after the NRA, which is part of the coalition that forms the GOP's conservative wing. The ad argues that because Obama's daughters have armed security, regular parents deserve the same treatment in the wake of last month's deadly rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.