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Christie’s Bridgegate Costing Taxpayers Millions

The law firm hired by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is billing $7.3 million for handling bridgegate, a tab the taxpayer will pay. Gibson Dunn billed the state $784,459 for May, June and July, NJ.com said. The firm had already been paid $6.52 million on the legal bills through April. Christie hired Gibson Dunn in [...]

This week in the war on voting: Christie hates same-day registration, UN weighs in on U.S. voting

Rose Sanderson, on trumpet, demonstrates with other suffragists in February 1913. The triangular pennants read "Votes for Women." This week in the war on voting is a joint project of Joan McCarter and Meteor Blades • Chris Christie blasts...Show More Summary

Gov. Christie's legal team costs state more than $7M

The law firm hired to defend Gov. Chris Christie's administration in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal has charged the state another $780,000 for work this summer.

Christie probe advances, threatens 2016 run

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's schedule is packed with travel, from fundraising events for fellow Republicans around the U.S. to trade meetings next month in Mexico. The 51-year-old father of... To view the full story, click the title link.

News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, August 29, 2014

2016 Vote for the (Alleged) Crooks! How Rick Perry, Chris Christie, and Scott Walker are Running While Under Investigation. Christie: No point visiting border on Mexico trip, even though he criticized Obama for that. Speaking Spanish isn't a pre-requisite for the presidency, Christie says. Show More Summary

Shockingly, Chris Christie just lied in a press conference about Pando’s pension coverage

Earlier this year, we published a series of investigative reports by David Sirota, revealing violations of New Jersey’s rules around pension investments. One of the firms with which the Chris Christie administration agreed an investment deal, Chatham Asset management, subsequently threatened to sue Pando unless we retract our reporting. Show More Summary

Christie: Making It Easier To Vote Is A ‘Democratic Trick’

During a campaign stop in Illinois on Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie decried efforts to simplify voter registration. He suggested that the higher voter turnout produced by such efforts is harmful to Republican candidates, and that Illinois’ new same-day voter registration statute is a Democratic “trick.” Referring to Illinois joining other states — including [...]

Under Chris Christie Fees to Wall Street Tripled

According to a report by David Sirota for the International Business Times, fees paid out to Wall Street by the State of New Jersey have tripled under the administration of Governor Chris Christie, costing the taxpayers $3.8 billion....Show More Summary

Christie funnels public pension money to Wall Street while pushing cuts on workers

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie doesn't plan to make the state's promised payment—under a law he personally pushed for—to public worker pensions. But while the 2016 Republican hopeful is shorting money intended...Show More Summary

The Passion Of Big Chicken, The Fleecing

I suspect that the Chris Christie Comeback is not going to be based on the model of governance that he brought to New Jersey. I suspect that may be beyond even the vast talents of the various porcine cosmeticians in the national media. There are a co...

Cuomo enabled Christie’s Tunnelgate

Teachout: Last year, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s appointees blocked traffic at the toll booths feeding the George Washington Bridge. What has been dubbed Bridgegate created several hours of chaos, danger and inconvenience for thousands of commuters.

The Invisible Hand Fisted New Jersey

Nobody could have predicted that Chris Christie’s decision to move pension funds to Wall Street was a shitty idea: Between fiscal year 2011 and 2014, the state’s pension trailed the median returns for similarly sized public pension systems throughout the country, according to data from the financial analysis firm, Wilshire Associates. Show More Summary

Chris Christie Has "Cost New Jersey Taxpayers Billions" in Privatized Pension Scam

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L.E.MORMILE //Shutterstock Where'd all the money go, Chris Christie? Every so often, Republicans bring up the idea of privatizing Social Security, of "investing" that money into Wall Street as a way to strengthen the economy. The idea was shot down when George W. Show More Summary

Gov. Christie Shifted Pension Cash To High Risk Funds, Cost Taxpayers $3.8 Billion

Well, there you go. The "means what he says and says what he means" Chris Christie has built up support for his presidential run by setting up an arrange where Wall Street bankers could skim large fees off the top of pension funds, and then turned around and blamed state retirees for the shortfall. Show More Summary

Christie warns Illinois Democrats using 'every trick in the book' to help Quinn

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie today accused Gov. Pat Quinn and the state’s ruling Democrats of manipulating efforts to enhance their ticket, using techniques such as legalizing same-day registration on Election Day in an effort to boost turnout and blunt a GOP challenge from...

AM Roundup: A Bumpy Trip for Self-Driving Cars; The Christie-Giuliani Connections

AP Law Blog rounds up the morning's news: Sharing More Than a Party: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has had a lot in common with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for a long time—two Northeast Republicans known for their tough talk, Italian-American roots and taste for the national spotlight. Show More Summary

Challenges for 2016 hopefuls: Rep. Paul Ryan

It’s not clear Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) wants to run for president. However, if former Florida governor Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie don’t run or don’t seem viable if they do, the pressure on Ryan from reform-minded moderate and conservative Republicans, as well as big donors, will be intense. He would have the […]

Challenges for 2016 hopefuls: Gov. Chris Christie

Right Turn is away for the week, but we have been looking at the challenges the likely presidential candidates will face. Today we’ll look at Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. The bridge scandal hasn’t yet amounted to very much, although it bounced him out of a commanding position in the pre-2016 jostling. Assuming he […]

Ledger: In an ideal world, taxpayers shouldn't foot the bill for Christie's Bridgegate camouflage

We flame the Ledger - and especially its head opinionator Tom Moran - plenty when we think they're wrong. Today, they make a crucial distinction between what the public got for Chris Christie's Bridgegate legal bill ($6.52 million) vs. Show More Summary

Time Magazine's Totally Juvenile Attack on Chris Christie

Yesterday a woman used the Q&A portion of one of Gov. Christie's town hall events to question his use of Bruce Springsteen's music prior to the event. Time magazine turned that into a story titled "Watch Chris Christie Get Totally Defensive About Being Friends With Bruce Springsteen." Totally, dude. Show More Summary

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