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Mike's Blog Round Up

Blue Jersey: The disappearing Chris Christie. The Florida Squeeze: How to fight back against Republican sabotage of health care in the Sunshine State. Eric Foner: Why Reconstruction matters. Balloon Juice: In Indiana, haters gonna hate...Show More Summary

Despite long odds, Chris Christie staffs up for a presidential run

By Richard K. Barry The Hill reported today that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is staffing up for a presumed Republican presidential run. One of his political action committees has just hired a digital firm to implement a "comprehensive digital presence" for the candidate, including website development, online fundraising and email marketing. Show More Summary

Man Told by Christie To ‘Sit Down And Shut Up’ Running For Office

James Keady will not “sit down and shut up.” Keady held up a sign on the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, urging Governor Chris Christie to “Stay in New Jersey & finish the job.” Keady — who was told off by Christie in October…at a press conference in Belmar — is launching a campaign for Assembly [...]

Sick leave advocates rally in Philly ahead of Christie talk

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Protesters upset with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's opposition to mandatory paid sick leave gathered Wednesday in Philadelphia, where he was scheduled to raise money for his political action committee. About 20...Show More Summary

Here's how DNC is dogging Chris Christie today

This handy dandy list of Christie flip flops comes to us courtesy of the Democratic National Committee's Factivist: Last Saturday at a reception for donors to the Republican National Committee, Gov. Chris Christie criticized Republicans who have swayed on their issues in order to pander to wings of the Republican party. Show More Summary

Christie Must Be Serious: He’s Playing The God Card

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spent time during a town hall meeting opining about how liberty comes from God, not government. This is the kind of stuff Republicans say when they want to run for president to let the evangelical right know they’re one of them. It’s not usually the kind of stuff you hear [...]

News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, March 24, 2015

TODAY 2pm: Gov. Chris Christie "town hall," Hanover Township Community Center in Whippany (doors open 12:30pm). Menendez tries to turn tables, assails 'illegal leaks' Responding to a report saying criminal charges against him could come this week, Menendez again said he's acted "appropriately and legally" and discusses apparent leaks from the U.S. Show More Summary

Bridgeghazi: It’s BAAAAAAACK!

So, Governor Christie, how’s that presidential campaign going? Federal prosecutors issued a new subpoena to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey this week seeking possible evidence of claims New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration retaliated against the Democratic mayor of Jersey City. The subpoena seeks records from a broad range of former [...]

Port Authority Subpoenaed In Christie Probe

There's just so much "there" there, I really don't see how Chris Christie honestly expects to be a presidential contender: Federal prosecutors issued a new subpoena to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey this week seeking possible evidence of claims New Jersey Gov. Show More Summary

Could this be the end for Governor Christie?

By Richard K. Barry Is there any way New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's political career can survive his natural inclination to engage in Soprano-esque gamesmanship? Likely not. The latest is this, reported by The Wall Street Journal:...Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, March 20, 2015

Flags at half-staff Monday for fallen Marine Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III of Basking Ridge, killed in a Black Hawk crash last week. RIP. Solomon Dwek, the fink who made Chris Christie famous Got outta jail early. Before Obamacare: more than 1 million in NJ didn't have health insurance Here's to a healthier state going forward. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Am subbing today for Rosi who is unable to provide your usual dose of roundup. UPDATE: two items recommended by Rosi: US News: Oil Baron of the Pine Barrens: Chris Christie campaigned for governor as a moderate who backed clean energy. Show More Summary

Christie Campaign To Focus On Catfood For The Elderly

All of a sudden, "moderate" Chris Christie wants to slash entitlements? No clearer sign of his intention to suck up a lot more campaign cash, which he'll need to come back from his extremely low numbers. But I don't see any rational way he expects to get past the primaries and actually win an election with this "House of Cards" stunt: New Jersey Gov. Show More Summary

Beleaguered Chris Christie sees presidential hopes fading

Rachel Maddow reviews some of the political scandals that continue to cling to Chris Christie, as well as poor poll numbers, and seemingly insurmountable...

Chris Christie still running for president, says Chris Christie's campaign team

"And if you don't believe me, let me tell you where you can cram it." Yes, that would be a problem. Chris Christie’s political team has a problem: Even the campaign’s supporters need to be reassured that he’s still in the presidential game. Don't worry, though. Show More Summary

ICYMI: The Daily Show - Jersey Ploys & Pardon the Corruption

I love to watch the questionable political doings of my state's politics refracted by Montclairian Jon Stewart. Here, the corruption corruption of super-duper negotiator Chris Christie and the Exxon deal, Bob Menendez and Dr. Melgen - and them that went after Bob Menendez. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, March 13, 2015

Trentonia State should have better handled PARCC rollout, NJ Senate committee says. Hespe offers forceful defense of PARCC testing. Christie Ledger editorial: Supreme Court to Chris Christie: You are not emperor. Chris Christie on the brink: His challenge: Reassuring nervous supporters that he still has a prayer. Show More Summary

Newark Students in Rolling Stone

Chris Christie isn't the only person from New Jersey capable of making national news. Skip for a sec the Flemington deli man serving up racism with his sandwiches picked up in Salon last week. But this is so much better. I just wantShow More Summary

Bridgegate Mastermind Was Christie Insider

The person who mastermined the Bridgegate scandal was closer to Chris Christie than the governor has acknowledged. That is the conclusion of a WNYC examination of calendars maintained by David Wildstein during his four years at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, along with a review of more than 1,000 photographs provided by [...]

This is what it looks like when people try to make a citizen's arrest of Gov. Chris Christie

I can't say these are exactly my kind of tactics. But this group of people isn't wrong in their accusations of this governor. Undermining local democracies in the state-controlled school districts of Camden, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson while expanding the for-profit charter industry. Show More Summary

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