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Posted: December 5th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Chris Christie, Garden State Equality, Republican Governors Association | Tags: Chris Chrisite, Garden State Equality, Gay rights, Mary Fallin, Oklahoma, Republican Governors Association, RGA, Troy Stevenson | No Comments »
Governor Chris Christie will hold his first Statehouse press conference since being reelected at 1:45 this afternoon. According to the announcement from his press office, he will be announcing personnel changes in his administration and taking questions from the press corps.
View the press conference live here:
Posted: December 2nd, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration | Tags: Governor Chris Christie, Governor Chris Christie Press Conference | No Comments »
The eyes of New Jersey’s political junkies on are Trenton this afternoon to see if the public rift between Governor Chris Christie and the Kean family will lead to the first override of a Christie veto.
The Pig Gestation Bill is on the Senate calendar for an override vote this afternoon. The bill, which would prohibited NJ pig farmers from caging gestating pigs in a manner such that they can not move or lay down for most of their lives passed both houses of the legislature overwhelmingly last spring. Christie vetoed the bill, noting that the State Supreme Court upheld the Humane Standards that the State Board of Agriculture and Department of Agriculture have set and enforced in accordance with the 1995 Administrative Procedures Act. In his veto message, Christie said he was confident the Board and Department would continue to monitor the humane treatment of gestating pigs, and that bill would inappropriately criminalize a practice that is not opposed by the American Veterinary Medical Association nor the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.
Christie critics and skeptics have said that the governor vetoed the bill with an eye toward the 2016 Iowa Republican Presidential Caucuses. Iowa is the largest producer of pork in the United States.
Don’t bet on an override, warn legislators who spoke to MMM on background.
As a matter of policy, since they voted for the bill last spring, the Republicans we talked to have learned that it is the Democrats supporting the bill, not Christie, who are playing presidential politics. The bill would not impact the quality of life for New Jersey pigs. No one knows of at New Jersey pig farmer that uses the gestation crates that the bill would prohibited.
As a matter of politics, New Jersey Legislative Republicans are united with the governor, the rift over this move to oust Tom Kean, JR as Senate Minority Leader notwithstanding. They are not going to weaken Christie’s negotiating position with the Trenton Democrats over a bill that has no impact on what is happening in New Jersey.
“Things are back to normal,” one legislator said, “The governor underestimated the trust, respect and affection the Senate Caucus has for Tom (Kean, Jr), and mishandled that situation. But when your friend makes a mistake, you don’t trash the friendship.”
Posted: November 18th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Assembly Republicans, Chris Christie, Legislature, NJ Democrats, NJ Senate Republicans, NJ State Legislature, Trenton Democrats, Trenton Republicans | Tags: Chris Christie, NJ GOP, NJ State Legislature, Trenton Republicans | No Comments »
By Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon
Yesterday Senator Rand Paul attacked NJ Governor Christie suggesting that the Governor’s landslide victory last week was the result of the federal aid package sent to NJ following superstorm Sandy.
I occupy the unique combination of positions of Republican Assembly Budget Officer, long term fiscal conservative who has warned of New Jersey’s irresponsible spending polices for years, long-term advocate for reforms like pension benefit and collective bargaining reforms – and my District (13) covers the area of the bayshore hardest hit by the storm.
Unlike Senator Paul, I can state unequivocally – and based on first hand experience – that Governor Christie’s popularity wasn’t purchased with federal aid. It was earned by tireless, extraordinary leadership on multiple crisis fronts from the moment Christie won election in 2009. He inherited a state on the verge of insolvency, requiring reform solutions – pension and benefit, arbitration, property tax, budgetary – that no governor in the history of the state ever dreamed of tackling.
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Posted: November 14th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Declan O'Scanlon, Opinion, Rand Paul, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: Chris Christie, Declan O'Scanlon, Rand Paul, Superstorm Sandy | 11 Comments »
Really. And it is news! The Star Ledger, Huffington Post and The Philly Inky are reporting it.
The Governor cancelled a breakfast appearance before the Committee of Seventy, a Philadelphia good government group. He was to speak to about 600 people and take questions, but cancelled last night, because he’s “just not feeling well at all,” according Seventy’s press release.
The Ledger and Inky quoted Christie’s spokesperson, Colin Reed as stating, “fighting off a cold and has had to cut back his morning schedule tomorrow.”
So far, Christie is still scheduled to appear at Newark Liberty Airport at 11:30 this morning for an airline service announcement.
Posted: November 14th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie | Tags: Chris Christie, Cold, Committee of Seventy, news | 4 Comments »