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May 13, 2009: David Hockney's "Beverly Hills Housewife" (1966-67), from the estate of Betty Freeman, sells for $7.9 million. May 4, 2010: Pablo Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust" (1932), from the estate of Frances Brody, sells for $106.5 million. May 11, 2010: Jasper Johns' "Flag" (1960-66), from the estate of Michael Crichton, sells for $28.6 million.
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March 29, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
LAS VEGAS - Long before voters begin paying attention to the 2016 presidential contest, the quiet race for the Republican Party's most elite donors was well under way in recent days as potential candidates made a pilgrimage west to court prolific spender Sheldon Adelson and other members of the Republican Jewish Coalition. During speeches Saturday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie all addressed the key concerns of Adelson and many group members - the threat of a nuclear Iran, their desire to strengthen U.S. ties with Israel, and what they view as the waning prestige of the U.S. abroad.
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NATIONAL
January 8, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
A political retaliation scandal that erupted around Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday may be about to get worse. In September, according to a report from the Bergen Record , paramedics trying to reach an unconscious 91-year-old woman in Fort Lee, N.J., got stuck in a traffic jam that had apparently been created by Christie's associates as political punishment for the borough's mayor, a Democrat. Multiple lanes were forced to merge into one, gridlocking traffic for days.  The woman later died at a hospital of cardiac arrest, according to a Sept.
AUTOS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
That sound you're hearing is the air going out of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's 2016 Republican presidential aspirations, thanks to the scandal known as Bridgegate. We've always known that Christie, a former federal prosecutor, has a temper. He can be nasty and combative -- particularly when it comes to entrenched liberal interests like labor unions -- and, frankly, that's what a whole lot of Republicans like about him. (His temper is also beloved by Democrats who believe his explosive tendencies are their best secret weapon against him.)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2012 | By David Ng
A water-lily painting by Claude Monet sold for $43.7 million while a key painting by Wassily Kandinsky brought in $23 million at a Christie's auction in New York on Wednesday. The sales were part of a larger auction of Impressionist and modern works. Monet's "Nympheas," which dates from 1905, brought in approximately $43.7 million, according to Christie's. The painting is one of many that the artist created depicting water lilies floating on a pond. The painting was being sold by the Hackley School in upstate New York, which received the work from Ethel Strong Allen, the wife of the late financier Herb Allen.
NEWS
February 22, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, his star power dimmed in the wake of the George Washington Bridge scandal, is shirking the spotlight at a meeting of the National Governors Assn. in Washington this weekend, but his support among fellow Republicans appeared secure. The Republican dodged questions from reporters Saturday about the state Legislature's investigation of whether his administration was behind a traffic tie-up at the key Hudson River crossing. Critics say the traffic snarl was an act of political retribution against a local mayor who had not endorsed Christie.
NEWS
January 9, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK -- A contrite New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie apologized Thursday and said he was "embarrassed and humiliated" by the actions of his staff that closed busy access lanes of the George Washington Bridge in September, snarling traffic in a town whose mayor did not support the governor's reelection bid. "I come out here today to apologize to the people of New Jersey,” Christie said, at a Trenton press conference. "I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team.
NATIONAL
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.
NEWS
June 27, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
At a dinner party last weekend, my host served a Simi Cabernet Sauvignon purchased at Trader Joe's. On second thought, maybe he should have held onto that bottle for a few years. (Just joking,) A bottle of the 1935 Simi Cabernet is estimated to fetch $400 to $600 in a Christie's auction which starts today. The international auction house's “ Signature Cellars: the All-American Sale ” is online-only and includes more than 250 lots of classic and cult wines from American producers.
NATIONAL
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.
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March 6, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - A famous conservative walks into a ballroom …. If he is sticking to tradition, he opens with a joke. Or a story that makes him look good or brave or important. On Thursday, the American Conservative Union hosted a handful of high-profile Republicans at its annual Conservative Political Action Conference, some of whom are eyeing the 2016 Republican presidential race.They came to the Gaylord National Resort just south of Washington, D.C., to fire up the base, boost their profiles with the tea party party wing of the GOP or, in the case of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ( who was pointedly not invited last year after cozying up to President Obama )
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
NATIONAL HARBOR. Md. -- So what were Republican presidential hopefuls telling conservatives Thursday on opening day of the annual CPAC conference? Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: Washington sucks. Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan: Democrats suck. Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: Everyone but governors sucks. Yes, I paraphrase, but that was pretty much the takeaway from a fairly tamped down beginning to the American Conservative Union's annual three-day ideology fest.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
Some of the Republican Party's most conservative activists will converge on the outskirts of Washington on Thursday for a three-day gathering that will serve as a chance to take the measure of potential contenders in a 2016 presidential contest with no clear front-runner. The annual meeting known as CPAC - the Conservative Political Action Conference - occurs as Republicans are fractured policywise and yet poised to potentially control both houses of Congress if current trends continue through the November election.
NATIONAL
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 10, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
“The Great Gatsby's” leading man, Leonardo DiCaprio, is using his current screen sway for environmental good -- again. Together with Christie's next week, DiCaprio will co-host “the most important environmental charity ever staged,” the auction house's Brett Gorvy said in a statement. The 11th Hour charity auction, to be held in New York Monday evening, will benefit environmental and wildlife conservation efforts supported by the now 15-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
NEWS
January 21, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
SOMEWHERE ON THE NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE -- It is perhaps fitting that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose role after Hurricane Sandy garnered him much praise, would be inaugurated to his second term during a surprisingly ferocious snowstorm that is expected to dump a foot of snow on some areas. It is also fitting that the snow, which coated highways with a thick and unmanageable layer of icy slush, caused extremely nasty traffic jams in New Jersey:  Christie has faced a slew of traffic jokes in the last week, including a duet about traffic jams by his hero Bruce Springsteen and comedian Jimmy Fallon.
NEWS
February 22, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, his star power dimmed in the wake of the George Washington Bridge scandal, is shirking the spotlight at a meeting of the National Governors Assn. in Washington this weekend, but his support among fellow Republicans appeared secure. The Republican dodged questions from reporters Saturday about the state Legislature's investigation of whether his administration was behind a traffic tie-up at the key Hudson River crossing. Critics say the traffic snarl was an act of political retribution against a local mayor who had not endorsed Christie.
NEWS
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.
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