Documents: Christie appointees joke about rabbi and traffic problems
February 27th, 2014
02:06 PM ET
2 months ago

Documents: Christie appointees joke about rabbi and traffic problems

Updated 9:20 p.m. ET, 2/27/2014

(CNN) - Two figures at the center of a New Jersey political scandal joked about creating traffic jams outside the home of a local rabbi, according to newly released documents that raised more questions about the controversy roiling the administration of Gov. Chris Christie.

David Wildstein, at the time a top executive at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, sent Bridget Anne Kelley, then a top aide to Christie, a photo in a text message last August that included the rabbi, Mendy Carlebach, saying "he has officially pissed me off."

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
February 26th, 2014
11:12 AM ET
2 months ago

Christie: 'I'll be damned' if traffic uproar gets in the way of 'real job'

Updated 9:09 p.m. ET, 2/26/2014

Long Hill, New Jersey (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on Wednesday that he will "not give into the hysteria" surrounding specific questions about a political scandal roiling his administration and will not let the uproar distract him from his "real job."

In his most extensive comments in weeks about the issue, Christie bristled at questions about his handling of the matter last year regarding staff members and other allies caught up in the controversy now under investigation by a state legislative committee and the U.S. Attorney.

He also noted New Jerseyans that he's met at recent town hall events, including one on Wednesday in Long Hill, don't appear interested in it.
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Christie does what he likes best as scandal roils administration
February 26th, 2014
12:01 AM ET
2 months ago

Christie does what he likes best as scandal roils administration

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will take his message of fiscal conservatism and government reform to his second town hall event in the past week on Wednesday.

Christie especially likes being face-to-face with voters and he's sticking to that practice as his administration reels from a political scandal that has questioned his forceful governing style and clouded any prospects for a possible 2016 presidential bid.

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Top N.J. Dem: Documents raise questions about Christie Port Authority appointee
George Washington Bridge between New York City and Fort Lee, New Jersey on December 17, 2013.
February 24th, 2014
07:49 PM ET
2 months ago

Top N.J. Dem: Documents raise questions about Christie Port Authority appointee

(CNN) - The Democratic co-chairman of a legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal has reviewed subpoenaed documents, and has concerns about the role of a top appointee of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at the agency overseeing the bridge.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski told CNN that David Samson, the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is "deeply involved" in its operations.

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Christie’s poll numbers still tumbling
February 24th, 2014
06:10 PM ET
2 months ago

Christie’s poll numbers still tumbling

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s approval rating is continuing to take a hit, more than a month after the George Washington Bridge controversy made national headlines, according to a new Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll released Monday.

While the Republican’s approval ratings were sky-high last year during his re-election campaign, only 49% of the state’s registered voters approve of the job he’s doing now, down from 58% in January and from 70% a year ago.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey • Polls
February 21st, 2014
10:19 AM ET
2 months ago

Chris Christie: The $18 million man

Washington (CNN) - It appears the controversies New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's dealing with back in the Garden State haven't affected his standing as one of the GOP's most potent fundraising rainmakers.

As Christie convenes two days of Republican Governors Association meetings here in the nation's capital Friday and Saturday, an RGA official tells CNN that the group has raised $18 million since Christie took over as RGA chairman in late November. That's a new fundraising record for the first three months of a new RGA chairman's tenure. The previous record holder was then-Mississippi Gov. Haley Barber, who chaired the RGA from June 2009 through the end of 2010.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey • RGA • Washington D.C.
Christie blasts Washington on Sandy aid; bridge scandal doesn't come up
February 20th, 2014
03:30 PM ET
2 months ago

Christie blasts Washington on Sandy aid; bridge scandal doesn't come up

Port Monmouth, New Jersey (CNN) – Gov. Chris Christie slammed the federal government and the Obama administration on Thursday for its handling of Superstorm Sandy relief funds at a town hall in Port Monmouth, New Jersey.

The Republican governor in particular took aim at the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the red tape involved in filing claims with the National Flood Insurance Program, at one point repeating his line that the agency is "the new F-word."
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Christie says he can't 'let go' of Springsteen, talks about weight loss
February 20th, 2014
02:18 PM ET
2 months ago

Christie says he can't 'let go' of Springsteen, talks about weight loss

(CNN) - It doesn't look like Bruce Springsteen will ever lose a fan in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie - no matter how much the rock legend and the Republican governor disagree on politics.

In his first town hall since last summer, Christie was encouraged Thursday to abandon his longtime loyalty to the liberal musician. The governor also drew some laughs when he talked about his weight loss, about a year after undergoing lap-band surgery.

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Court order sought in N.J. bridge scandal subpoena fight
February 19th, 2014
03:39 PM ET
2 months ago

Court order sought in N.J. bridge scandal subpoena fight

Updated 6:52 p.m. ET, 2/19/2014

(CNN) - A state legislative committee in New Jersey sought a court order on Wednesday for key figures in a scandal roiling Gov. Chris Christie's administration to comply with subpoenas.

The investigative panel filed papers in New Jersey Superior Court against former Christie Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly and former campaign manager Bill Stepien.
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'Jeopardy' winner to retire from Congress
February 18th, 2014
02:35 PM ET
2 months ago

'Jeopardy' winner to retire from Congress

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Rush Holt, an eight-term Democrat from New Jersey, nuclear physicist, and five-time "Jeopardy" winner, announced Tuesday that he'll retire at the end of the year rather than run for re-election in November.

"There is no hidden motive for my decision. As friends who have worked with me know, I have never thought that the primary purpose of my work was re-election and I have never intended to make service in the House my entire career."

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Filed under: 2014 • House • House of Representatives • New Jersey
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