(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie can’t get out of the spotlight. The Governor is surrounded by controversy over lane closures near the George Washington Bridge and possible misuse of Superstorm Sandy funds. Questions swirling around the controversies continue to come up and distract from his agenda. And they threaten to overshadow his message as he heads out on a trip to promote Republican governors and candidates and at the same time the Christie brand.
But let’s cut to the chase. Here’s what you need to know:
Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET, 1/16/2014
Washington (CNN) - Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie on Thursday launched his campaign to try to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia.
"I'm running for Senate because the American Dream is being undermined by policies that move us away from constitutional principles of limited government and personal liberty," he said in a video on his new campaign website.
(CNN) - Politically-embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration has retained a law firm to help conduct an internal review and cooperate with a U.S. Attorney inquiry into allegations top staffers orchestrated a traffic logjam in Fort Lee, New Jersey, as political payback.
The announcement comes on the same day a special state Assembly committee investigating the scandal plans on issuing subpoenas for documents as well as current and former aides, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN.
(CNN) - New York City agreed on Wednesday to pay nearly $18 million to settle the civil rights claims of thousands of people arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention that nominated George W. Bush for a second presidential term.
New York police engaged in mass arrests of more than 1,800 protesters, bystanders, legal observers and journalists during the event.FULL STORY