Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina make most inroads with GOP faithful in Iowa

gop-2016For the last several months, the likes of Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have dominated the media coverage of the still-nascent contest for the White House. But when the 2016 Republican presidential race roared to life this weekend with twin events in Iowa and Louisiana, two lesser-known contestants left indelible impressions on… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Christie forms PAC to explore 2016 presidential run, report says

assetContentTRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie has formed a political action committee that would permit him to begin hiring staff for a potential 2016 campaign for president, the Wall Street Journal reported this morning. The filing of paperwork for the PAC, called “Leadership Matters for America,” with the Federal Election Commission by Christie occurred on Friday, according… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , | 6 Comments »

Christie touts conservative creds to Iowa Republicans looking to 2016

Complete coverage of the Iowa Freedom Summit can be found here at The Des Moines Register

assetContent (35)DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Chris Christie stepped on stage today at the conservative Iowa Freedom Summit to a warm welcome from the event’s co-host and polite applause from the crowd. And not surprisingly, the New Jersey governor stood apart from the crowded parade of big-name speakers. Christie, leaving little doubt he’s primed for a 2016… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie | Tags: , , | 26 Comments »

The YouTube Governor, Decoded

TwinkiesAny day now, Gov. Chris Christie is expected to formally announce that he’s exploring a presidential run. In six years he has gone from a relatively unknown US Attorney in New Jersey to a household name around the country. He did it by running a sophisticated media operation that capitalized on his charm, temper and ability… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie | Tags: , , | No Comments »

What If Hillary Didn’t Run?

assetContent (31)WASHINGTON — It is a truth universally acknowledged that while the Republicans have too many candidates for 2016, the Democrats have too few. If Hillary Clinton doesn’t run or her presidential campaign implodes, the thinking goes, her party has no bench, no backup, no Plan B. The list of Democrats who have publicly suggested they might… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Hillary Clinton | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

Is Christie headed for a great fall?

By Art Gallagher

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Graphic by Robert Hazelrigg. Click on photo for RobertHazelrigg.com

Prominent New Jersey Republicans seem to finally be moving out of Governor Chris Christie’s shadow.

This afternoon The Star Ledger reported that Monmouth County State Senator Joe Kyrillos was among the 15 or so New Jersey Republicans who met with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, a top rival of Christie’s for the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination, last week at a dinner hosted by Lawrence E. Bathgate.  Bathgate, an Ocean County attorney, is one of the top Republican fundraisers in the nation.  Also attending the dinner held at the Union Club in Manhattan was Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr, according to The Record’s Charles Stile, who first reported the event.

Such potential defections from the Christie camp were unthinkable just 15 months ago.  Christie’s attempt at ousting Kean as Senate Minority Leader immediately following his 2013 re-election, and the resulting fallout as Kean, Jr’s father, the former Governor, went national in criticizing Christie can explain the younger Kean’s flirtation with the Bush campaign.

But Kyrillos being anything other than solidly in Christie’s corner is big news.  Their relationship was personal before it was political.  Christie introduced Kyrillos to his wife Susan. He swore Christie into his first elected office, Morris County Freeholder. Kyrillos was the Chairman of the Christie for Governor campaign in 2009.

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Posted: January 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Joe Kyrillos, Monmouth County, Tom Kean JR, Tom Kean Sr | Tags: , , , , , , , | 23 Comments »

Clinton talks to be co-hosted by foreign bank investigated by US

funnyWASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton, the presumed frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, will give a pair of speeches Wednesday in Canada hosted by a major bank that has been the subject of several investigations into wrongdoing over the past dozen years. Clinton and the bank refused to say if she’s being paid for the speeches. But… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Hillary Clinton | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Opinion: GOP Legislators May Finally Be Ready to Buck Christie, Override Veto

repost-us-image-13906378By Carl Golden

Rarely has a possible legislative override of a gubernatorial veto been as fraught with political implications as that involving Gov. Christie’s rejection of legislation to revise and reform the operations of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Entering his sixth year in office, Christie has run the table in having his…

Posted: January 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, New Jersey, NJ GOP, NJ Senate Republicans, NJ State Legislature, Opinion | Tags: , , , , | 5 Comments »

Walker Takes A Jab At Christie

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker kept his state of the state address lighthearted and upbeat Tuesday night, making several references to the Green Bay Packers. But the Republican governor also took a jab at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and referenced potential White House ambitions, amid talk that Walker will launch a 2016 presidential campaign. “And how… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Chris Christie preparing to set up leadership PAC for 2016 presidential campaign, report says

assetContent (4)TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie could be setting up a leadership political action committee before the end of the month to help raise money with an eye toward the White House in 2016, according to a published report. Christie, who concluded his fifth State of the State address today, would use the PAC to finance political… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , | No Comments »