Donald Trump has a long history in New Jersey. He brought three casinos to Atlantic City, then saw them go bankrupt, reducing his ownership share of the lone Trump-branded casino to a minuscule one. His name is also on Jersey City’s Trump Plaza, a residential building.
Well, the businessman and possible next president of the United States has turned his gaze to New Jersey today. Fellow presidential hopeful Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, has been rising in polls and making conservatives think he might be the one to dethrone Trump from his GOP frontrunner throne.
How is Chris Christie running the state of NJ, which is deeply troubled, when he is spending all of his time in NH? New Jerseyans not happy!
Trump’s tweet is in response to the New Hampshire Union Leader‘s endorsement of Chris Christie. “Chris Christie is a solid, pro-life conservative who has managed to govern in liberal New Jersey, face down the big public unions, and win a second term,” wrote Union Leader publisher Joseph McQuaid. “Gov. Christie can work across the aisle, but he won’t get rolled by the bureaucrats. We don’t need as President some well-meaning person from the private sector who has no public experience.”
George Will, the longtime conservative commentator for the Washington Post, wrote a column last night saying that, after the terrorist attacks in Paris, there’s only one presidential candidate to turn to: Chris Christie.
Pitching Christie as an alternative to political neophytes Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina — and as better than, I am not kidding here, the values expressed in John Lennon’s “Imagine” — Will writes that “no candidate in the Republican field can match Christie’s combination of a prosecutor’s bearing and a governor’s executive temperament.” Will then spends most of the column bashing Trump, which he’s done consistently. Read more »
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has been sued by Survivor band member, guitarist and songwriter Frankie Sullivan for using his 1982 hit “Eye of the Tiger” at a campaign stop in Kentucky.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Chicago on Wednesday by copyright holder Rude Music, which is owned by Sullivan. It alleges that Huckabee violated copyright law when he played the song at a rally in September that featured Kim Davis, the former county clerk who became a symbol of the Republican party after she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. It blared as Davis emerged from Carter County Detention Center — where she was serving time for her actions.
“I want to talk about what’s going to happen to this country if we have another four years of Barack Obama’s policies,” Christie said during the debate. He essentially avoided squabbling with the other three candidates, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum. “The bottom line is Hillary Clinton is coming for your wallet, everyone,” Christie said. “Don’t worry about Huckabee and Jindal. Worry about her.” Read more »
Republican presidential candidates, from left, John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and Rand Paul take the stage during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colo.
Fox Business Channel said candidates must have reached 2.5 percent in an average of the four latest national polls in order to qualify for the debate. Christie’s right around that level, but he might’ve been able to qualify depending on which four national polls the channel selected. Real Clear Politics says he’s at 2 percent in an average of the last five polls. Read more »
Many political observers think it might be too late for Vice President Joe Biden to jump into the presidential race. Frontrunner Hillary Clinton has been able to raise a ton of money already, while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has gained momentum. If Clinton has the Democratic establishment and Sanders has the cranky old white man vote, where does Biden fit in?
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton at the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate in Las Vegas on October 13th. (Rex Features via AP Images)
The last time Democrats debated one another, George W. Bush was still the president, Lehman Brothers was still solvent, and most people probably thought Bear Stearns was a character in a children’s book. Since then, we’ve been subjected to a seemingly endless parade of incoherent climate-deniers, squirrel-eaters, nativists, assault-rifle-maximalists, uterus-controllers and Rick Santorums in nationally televised Republican debates, where the purpose appeared to be to see who could most quickly reduce American government to a series of Walmart distribution centers with an army.
So in a sense it was nice just to be able to watch a debate without cringing at literally everything that comes out of the candidates’ mouths, to be thrown some beautiful, marbled red meat, to be pandered to. I believe it was Jefferson who said that from time to time the tree of liberty needs to be watered with unrealistic campaign promises. Most importantly, the country was reminded that it is possible to gather more than two people on a stage together in public and have them praise, rather then trash, President Obama. Read more »