Outsiders Trump & Carson surge as incumbent Christie languishes: Iowa poll

assetContentTRENTON — A new Monmouth University Poll carries bad news for incumbents like Gov. Chris Christie, John Kasich and Scott Walker, and great news for outsiders like Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina. Carson and Trump are now tied for the top spot among likely Iowa Republican caucus-goers with 23 percent of the vote, with… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 31st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones hopes to give Christie’s campaign a boost

Christie hugs Jones

TRENTON, N.J.—Two men — each a star in his own world, and each a recent friend to Chris Christie — are promising to help the governor’s sluggish presidential campaign. Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, plans a fundraiser for Christie, and the departing Iowa House speaker offered his endorsement. Christie, who has been struggling… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Groups sue Christie, say N.J. taxpayers shouldn’t pay for 2016 security costs

assetContentTRENTON — Three citizens groups on Friday sued Gov. Chris Christie and his presidential campaign in an attempt to spare New Jersey taxpayers from picking up the the tab for the governor’s security expenses while he is on the 2016 campaign trail. The lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court in Mercer County, alleges that the Christie… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, NJ State Police | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

N.J. lost 26,100 jobs in June and July but the unemployment rate fell

Spring Job Fair at Brookdale Community College, April 2014. file photo

Spring Job Fair at Brookdale Community College, April 2014. file photo

TRENTON — New Jersey lost nearly 14,000 jobs in July, with the largest employment declines posted in leisure and hospitality and professional and business services, according to new labor data released on Thursday. The state’s unemployment rate, which is measured by a different federal survey, decreased to 5.9 percent, down from 6.1 percent in June and… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Economy, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Trump dominates Republican 2016 field as Christie drops out of top 10, poll shows

assetContent (57)WASHINGTON — Businessman Donald Trump held onto his front-runner status in a poll released Tuesday as almost a quarter of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents said they would support him for their party’s presidential nomination. Trump received 24 percent in a CNN/ORC International poll taken taken Aug. 13-16 after the Aug. 6 Republican presidential debate in Cleveland,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 18th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Donald Trump | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Christie appeal may postpone “harm” past primaries

By Mark Lagerkervist, NewJerseyWatchDog.org

IMG_3490Choosing political ambition over transparency, Gov. Chris Christie plans to appeal a Superior Court decision that ordered him to reveal a key cog in his taxpayer-funded publicity machine – a multi-tiered, high-tech list of 2,500 media contacts.

In court papers, deputy attorney general Daniel M. Vannella asked Judge Mary C. Jacobson to grant a stay pending appeal, claiming release of the record would cause the governor “irreparable harm.”

Jacobson had ordered the governor’s office to provide New Jersey Watchdog with a copy of the list by Monday and pay for its attorneys fees.

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Posted: August 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, NJ Media | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

NJ Pipeline Pushed Through Without a Vote

SJ_pinelands_pipeline3A plan for a 22-mile gas pipeline through the protected Pinelands in New Jersey quietly dodged a major obstacle Friday. The proposed South Jersey Gas pipeline had been rejected two years ago by the Pinelands Commission. But the commission’s executive director, an appointee of pro-pipeline Gov. Chris Christie, told commissioners that the pipeline doesn’t need their… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on NJ Pipeline Pushed Through Without a Vote

Report: Christie “seriously considering” ending presidential bid this month

IMG_3106Governor Chris Christie is “seriously considering” dropping out of the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination by the end of this month, according to a report on DCWhispers.

Christie is stuck between 2%-3% in national polls and did not get a bump in his poll numbers following the FoxNews/facebook debate last week during which he had a highly reported exchange with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul over national security and NSA data mining.

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Posted: August 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie | Tags: , | 30 Comments »

Christie sinks in first N.H. poll taken after GOP debate

assetContentTRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie, who has staked his entire 2016 presidential campaign on winning New Hampshire, fell into 11th place there in the first poll since he sparred with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in the raucous debate last week. The Franklin Pierce University-Boston Herald poll shows no sign of a bounce for Christie after his… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie signs Sandy bill targeting recovery aid distribution

assetContent (53)TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie on Monday signed a bill that requires the state to provide residents participating in major Hurricane Sandy recovery grant programs with personalized timelines outlining when they will receive help. The legislation ( S2825) also mandates that the state Department of Community Affairs establish quarterly goals for how much recovery aid it… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Department of Community Affairs, Hurricane Sandy, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Christie signs Sandy bill targeting recovery aid distribution