New Jersey committee investigating bridge lane closures to call more witnesses
June 30th, 2014
12:34 PM ET
2 months ago

New Jersey committee investigating bridge lane closures to call more witnesses

(CNN) - Despite calls from Republicans to wrap it up the Democratic co-chairs of the New Jersey legislative committee investigating the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge last September will issue a new round of subpoenas for witnesses as early as Monday.

Working off a list of 13 potential new witnesses, committee co-chair John Wisniewski said there are many more questions to be asked of people in Gov. Chris Christie’s administration in the wake of testimony from the governor’s chief of staff earlier this month.

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Christie warns of budget fight at town hall
June 25th, 2014
03:23 PM ET
2 months ago

Christie warns of budget fight at town hall

(CNN) - With a budget deadline just days away and New Jersey facing a billion dollar shortfall, Gov. Chris Christie told a town hall audience on Wednesday that he will veto any bill that crosses his desk containing a tax hike.

The Republican governor was greeted with a standing ovation as he entered the gymnasium at an elementary school in Haddon Heights, a suburb of Philadelphia, for his 122nd town hall. Before taking questions, Christie said he will not approve any budget that raises taxes and fees.

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Christie’s office pushes back amid questions about a second bridge
June 24th, 2014
04:10 PM ET
2 months ago

Christie’s office pushes back amid questions about a second bridge

Updated 5:20 p.m. ET, 6/24/2014

(CNN) – Chris Christie’s office argued Tuesday there’s nothing new about a report suggesting the New Jersey governor may have another bridge problem.

The New York Times reported Monday that Christie’s administration was warned against directing funds from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey about three years ago to pay for repairs to the crumbling Pulaski Skyway.

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Christie doesn’t want N.J. to wind up like Detroit due to 'unsustainable' pensions
June 16th, 2014
08:06 PM ET
2 months ago

Christie doesn’t want N.J. to wind up like Detroit due to 'unsustainable' pensions

(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie believes the state will resolve its budget problems, but reiterated he won’t raise taxes to do it and will stick to his plan to cut pension payments to stem the red ink.

Appearing on the “Ask the Governor” program on New Jersey 101.5 on Monday, Christie argued again that public pension and health care obligations are unsustainable over the long term, and tough medicine is needed to close an $807 million budget shortfall.

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Top aide says bridge scandal became ‘major distraction’ for Christie
Kevin O'Dowd, Gov. Chris Christie's chief of staff, tesitfies before a legislative committee looking into the George Washington Bridge controversy, Trenton, New Jersey, June 9, 2014 (CNN)
June 9th, 2014
07:28 PM ET
2 months ago

Top aide says bridge scandal became ‘major distraction’ for Christie

Trenton, New Jersey (CNN) - The George Washington Bridge scandal had become "a major distraction" to Gov. Chris Christie last December, according to his chief of staff, who also said on Monday that a central figure in the uproar denied any involvement when confronted.

Kevin O'Dowd became the most senior member of the Christie administration to testify before a legislative committee looking into the controversy that has upended the Republican’s administration just as he considers a bid for president in 2016.

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Christie: 'I am much smaller now'
May 28th, 2014
06:08 PM ET
3 months ago

Christie: 'I am much smaller now'

(CNN) – Gov. Chris Christie is getting some compliments about his shrinking waist line.

After filing a complaint with Christie at a town hall Wednesday in Ocean County, New Jersey, one woman told the Republican governor he looks a lot "smaller."

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Under pressure to fix budget gap, Christie will slash pension payments
May 20th, 2014
03:23 PM ET
3 months ago

Under pressure to fix budget gap, Christie will slash pension payments

(CNN) – Gov. Chris Christie will cut planned pension payments for state employees by almost $2.5 billion over the next two fiscal years, the New Jersey Republican announced Tuesday.

The move is part of the governor's plan to close an unexpected $807 million budget shortfall that his administration was made aware of last month.

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Ex-Christie campaign staffer testifies before panel probing bridge scandal
May 20th, 2014
12:01 AM ET
3 months ago

Ex-Christie campaign staffer testifies before panel probing bridge scandal

Updated 5:01 p.m. ET, 5/20/2014

Trenton, New Jersey (CNN) – A former campaign staffer for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie testified on Tuesday before a special legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal.

Matt Mowers, who now runs the Republican Party in New Hampshire, is the third witness to testify before panel members at the Statehouse Annex in Trenton.
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N.J. bridge panel to hear more testimony, Republicans ponder alternative theory
May 19th, 2014
07:47 AM ET
3 months ago

N.J. bridge panel to hear more testimony, Republicans ponder alternative theory

(CNN) – A New Jersey legislative committee investigating the orchestrated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge will hear more testimony on Tuesday.

Matt Mowers, a former campaign staffer for Gov. Chris Christie who now runs the New Hampshire GOP, will be the third person to testify under oath in Trenton as lawmakers look into allegations of abuse of authority.

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Christie to speak at Jewish event, weeks after 'occupied territories' comment
May 16th, 2014
05:58 PM ET
3 months ago

Christie to speak at Jewish event, weeks after 'occupied territories' comment

(CNN) - If Chris Christie lost favor with some in the Jewish community with what he called a misstatement about Israel earlier this year, then the New Jersey governor may have a chance to make up for it.

The Republican, who's thinking about running for president in 2016, will deliver the keynote address Sunday at an awards gala hosted by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's "This World: Values Network" in New York.
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