Christie skips town, leaving scandal behind and meeting potential donors in sunny Florida
January 18th, 2014
11:20 PM ET
7 months ago

Christie skips town, leaving scandal behind and meeting potential donors in sunny Florida

(CNN) - As scandal threatens to envelop Gov. Chris Christie back in New Jersey, he's spending the weekend in Florida, helping Republican Gov. Rick Scott fundraise around the state.

It’s been more than a week since allegations that a massive traffic jam in the town of Fort Lee was the result of road closures on George Washington Bridge as political retaliation from Christie's team against the town’s mayor.

Christie's weekend is packed with stops in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. But it will be hard to say whether the scandal has dampened his star power, as all the meetings are closed-door.
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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Florida • Rick Scott
Christie team slams MSNBC, denies mayor's claim Sandy funds held hostage
January 18th, 2014
09:22 PM ET
7 months ago

Christie team slams MSNBC, denies mayor's claim Sandy funds held hostage

(CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie's camp pushed back hard Saturday against allegations by a New Jersey mayor that administration officials threatened to withhold Superstorm Sandy relief funding unless she supported a redevelopment plan favored by the governor.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer appeared on MSNBC Saturday to level charges that members of Christie's administration pressured her to approve the project sought by The Rockefeller Group, a real estate developer with ties to the Christie's administration.

MSNBC said its story is based on an interview with "the mayor and e-mails and personal notes she shared with MSNBC."

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Filed under: Chris Christie • MSNBC
George H. W. Bush cheers on victorious Duke Basketball
January 18th, 2014
06:06 PM ET
7 months ago

George H. W. Bush cheers on victorious Duke Basketball

(CNN) - Duke trounced North Carolina State in Saturday's basketball game, but the crowd favorite was former President George H. W. Bush who was greeted with a standing ovation and chants of "USA."

The 41st president is 89 and has faced health problems in the last few years that make it difficult to travel.

But he made the trip to Durham, North Carolina, to support Duke coach Michael Krzyzewski, also known as Coach K, for his involvement in cancer research.

Bush celebrated as Duke won 95-60 and took a picture with the Blue Devils in the locker room after the game.
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Filed under: Basketball • George H. W. Bush
Weekly addresses: White House, GOP push for economic growth
January 18th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
7 months ago

Weekly addresses: White House, GOP push for economic growth

(CNN) - Both sides homed in on the economy Saturday in their weekly addresses.

While President Barack Obama promoted his 2014 strategy to take action on helping the middle class - touting his trip to North Carolina this week and pushing for a revival in America’s manufacturing sector - Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Indiana, called on the President to urge the Democratic-controlled Senate to take up a House-approved jobs bill.

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