Friday, June 14, 2013
The governor follows in the comedic footsteps of his on-again, off-again buddy Barack Obama.
Gov. Chris Christie appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night to break down his decision to “let the people vote” in a special election for Frank Lautenberg’s senate seat. As The Roots laid down a smooth R&B beat, the governor mostly played the straight man to Fallon. Christie “slow jammed” his talking points about the special election and dodged questions about whether he’d announce a run for president. Christie remained poised, good natured, and at times affected a mock-offended tone, as Fallon cracked fat jokes at the guv’s expense during the 5 minute segment. “Now look, I know that this election is going to cost tax payers some money, but these costs can’t be measured against the value of having an elected member of the …
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Teaneck senator says Democrats backing the Republican governor are “surrendering” party values.
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg has lambasted fellow Democrats for backing Gov. Chris Christie’s reelection bid. In a statement, the Teaneck senator said officials elected as Democrats owed it to their constituents to support the party ideals. “Democrats who endorse Republican Governor Chris Christie are being less than true to the people they were elected to represent and are, in fact, undermining the trust of their supporters. There is a difference between bi-partisan cooperation on policies and surrendering the basic beliefs and core principles that are so important to Democratic voters and our belief in what government can and should do,” Weinberg said. “Christie’s Republican agenda not only ignores the needs of middle class …
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
The governor has not announced an appointment for Sen. Frank Lautenberg's vacant seat, which will be filled by an Oct. 16 election.
The governor’s race won’t be the only statewide office on New Jersey voters’ minds this year. During a press conference in Trenton Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie called for a special election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of longtime Sen. Frank Lautenberg. A primary will be held Aug. 13, with the special election scheduled for Oct. 16. “Today, we begin the process of guaranteeing the voters of New Jersey have a voice in the process,” Christie said. “The issues the Senate is facing are too important for the people of New Jersey not to have an elected representative who represents the will of the voters.” Christie has not announced an appointment to the seat but said he expects to name one by next week. Christie would not say who …
Gov. Chris Christie has 30 days to announce an appointment, but conflicting state laws could have an election this November or November 2014.
The death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) leaves an open spot in the U.S. Senate, a seat Gov. Chris Christie will appoint a candidate for in the interim. However, when candidates face the voters is not yet known. The U.S. Constitution affords Christie (R) the power to appoint a replacement within the next 30 days, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Christie can appoint either a Democrat or a Republican. New Jersey Office of Legislative Services (OLS) Public Information Office Assistant Director David Inverso said two state statutes offer guidance on when appointments and special elections may occur following a vacancy. These statutes are somewhat in conflict, however. One state statute calls for an election this …
Monday, June 3, 2013
Two Democrats and two Republicans seek votes in their respective primary races Tuesday.
Sporting a sky-high approval rating that's fluctuated between the high 60s and low 70s percentile during New Jersey's recovery in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Chris Christie has more than a fair chance at re-election in the upcoming gubernatorial race this fall. His opponents, however, are hoping that public opinion proves to be fickle. In Tuesday's primary election, two Democratic candidates are seeking approval to face off against Christie in the next election under the party banner. On the Republican side of the ballot, Christie is facing a primary challenge from an opponent who believes the governor has failed to adhere to the sense of conservatism and small government demanded by Republican ideals. For the Democrats, frontrunner…
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Governor to speak ahead of primary election
Gov. Chris Christie will be in Hackensack Monday for a pre-primary rally at the Bergen County Republican Organization's headquarters, an announcement from the party said. "The Governor will discuss his plans to continue moving New Jersey forward and rally support in the final days of the primary election," the announcement said. Monday's rally comes a day before the state primary election. Christie last visited the BCRO in March. Doors open at 5 p.m. with Christie scheduled to speak at 5:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to RSVP at this link. The BCRO is located at 339 Main Street in Hackensack.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
President and Gov. Christie greet cheering crowd in rain.
President Obama checked out a record-breaking sand castle, played a football boardwalk game and "high-fived" lots of kids during a short visit to Point Pleasant Beach early Tuesday afternoon before speaking in Asbury Park. The message from Obama and Gov. Chris Christie was clear: The Jersey Shore is back and open for business, but there is more work to be done. "I came back to let people know we're going to keep going until the job is done," Obama said in a short speech to the crowd who gathered along the boardwalk and beachfront in Asbury. Obama delivered his remarks in front of Convention Hall. "When I was here seven months ago, Sandy had just hit, but you kept going...The Jersey Shore is back in business, but the work is not over," …
Saturday, May 25, 2013
President will speak at Convention Hall
President Barack Obama will visit Asbury Park and speak at Convention Hall on Tuesday during a visit to view the rebuilding and recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy, according to NJ.com. Obama will be joined by Gov. Chris Christie and is expected to visit with families and business owners, according to the report. The report states that the event is open to the public, but that tickets are limited to one per person and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Grand Arcade at Convention Hall.
Friday, May 24, 2013
State, federal officials expected to be on hand to assist local residents and discuss recovery and rebuilding efforts.
Friday, May 24
State officials are taking their cabinet meeting on the road next week. The Office of Gov. Chris Christie announced Friday that it will hold mobile cabinet office hours in Moonachie on Wednesday from 1 to 6 p.m. Moonachie and Little Ferry were among the Bergen County towns most severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy. “Representatives from state and federal agencies, including the Governor’s Office of Constituent Relations, the Department of Banking and Insurance, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Community Affairs, the Business Action Center, FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program, will be on hand to assist residents and discuss ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts,” according to a release from the governor’s …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
This will be Obama's first visit to Shore since just after Sandy.
President Obama and Gov. Christie will visit the Jersey Shore on Tuesday, according to The Record in Bergen County. This will be Obama's first visit to the area since Oct. 31, just after the storm struck. A full itinerary of the visit was not available. More information can be found here.