This coming Saturday marks the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency.
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and New Jersey governor Chris Christie have both rated the president’s performance so far – and they both gave him above-average grades. Read more »
Following the latest scandal with United, New Jersey governor Chris Christie wants the federal government to stop allowing airlines to boot passengers off overbooked flights.
According to NJ.com, Christie penned a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao requesting that the U.S. waive federal regulations that grant airlines the authority to remove passengers from such flights. Read more »
Chris Christie’s term as New Jersey governor ends in January. Since he’s been frozen out of the White House — despite being the first major endorser of Donald Trump — he has to start looking for a new gig.
His next job may be on sports talk radio.
WFAN, New York’s primary sports talk station, is considering him for a prime hosting gig on the station after Mike Francesca, who has hosted afternoons on WFAN since 1989,retires at the end of the year. Read more »
Demonstrators gathered outside the statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey yesterday to protest a proposed pipeline that would cut through the state’s Pinelands National Reserve. Read more »
In case you haven’t heard, yesterday on SportsRadio 94.1 WIP, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Phillies fans “awful, angry people” and said that Citizens Bank Park is “not safe for civilized people.”
Needless to say, the Phillies and their fans – and Philadelphians, generally – weren’t happy about it.
Turns out Mayor Jim Kenney wasn’t so happy either. Kenney had some fierce words for Christie this morning – also on SportsRadio 94.1 WIP.
“I just kind of feel sorry for the guy,” Kenney said to host Angelo Cataldi. “He’s got the biggest ‘L’ on his forehead of anybody in the country.”
And that’s not all – Kenney also called Christie “the most unpopular governor in the state of New Jersey in history” and said Christie is “bitter and has nowhere to go. Who’s going to hire him? What corporation would take him on based on all the nasty things he said and the confrontations he created. I just think he’s done.”
Christie’s been all over the news lately. During a New York sports talk radio show yesterday, the New Jersey governor said that President Donald Trump made him order meatloaf during a Valentine’s Day dinner at the White House.
“This is what it’s like to be with Trump,” Christie reportedly said to co-host Craig Carton. “He says, ‘There’s the menu, you guys order whatever you want.’ And then he says, “Chris, you and I are going to have the meatloaf.'”
Social media users went crazy with that one.
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The Trump Taj Mahal saga continues: Last week Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would punish the casino’s owner — billionaire Carl Icahn — and yesterday the New Jersey Senate was expected to override the veto in an unprecedented move.
But, as the Press of Atlantic City reports, the senate failed to override the veto. Senate president Steve Sweeney pulled the bill before a final vote was recorded.
The legislation, originally passed in December, would strip a casino owner of their gaming license for five years if they shut down a casino’s operations after January 2016. The Senate was apparently motivated to draft the ordinance after Icahn closed the Taj in 2016 after he failed to draw up a new contract with union employees. Senate leaders feared he’d just reopen the casino resort with nonunion employees. Read more »
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn wants to wash his hands of the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City.
On Monday, he announced plans to sell the shuttered casino resort. In a statement on his website, the special adviser to President Trump — the casino’s former owner — says he won’t invest the $100 to $200 million the casino needs to reboot.
Why this decision? Icahn is pointing the finger at a New Jersey bill and its sponsor — state Senate president Steve Sweeney. The bill, which has now been vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie, would have penalized Icahn by divesting him of his casino license for five years. Read more »
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie co-hosted a sports talk radio program this morning, filling in for former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason. I would say this seems odd, but I am a resident of the state in which the sitting governor routinely participated in an Eagles post-game panel show.
But I can criticize Christie’s choice of descriptors for Eagles fans. Speaking on WFAN’s Boomer And Carton Show, Christie said the Eagles have “sucked for a long time. And their fans are generally angry, awful people.” Read more »
A jury today found Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni, two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie, guilty of conspiring to close bridge lanes as a way to punish a mayor who didn’t endorse Christie for re-election.
Kelly, once Christie’s deputy chief-of-staff, and Baroni, a Christie appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, were each found guilty of intentionally misusing Port Authority resources, wire fraud, conspiracy and violating the rights of the citizens of Fort Lee, New Jersey. Read more »
Chris Christie yesterday vetoed a bill that would have required New Jersey gun dealers to carry at least one “smart gun” for sale. Christie used a pocket veto, which means the Democratic legislature cannot override it.
Smart guns have been developed by several different sources, but are not yet for sale in the U.S. A smart gun can only be fired by an authorized user (though some smart gun tech has a way for authorized users to override that and allow anyone to fire it). The New Jersey Institute of Technology’s smart gun prototype uses “dynamic grip” technology to prevent anyone else from firing it. NJIT’s smart-gun project was begun at the behest of the state, but was eventually killed.
The gun-lobby says it’s agnostic to smart gun tech, but that’s a lie: The CEO of Colt’s Manufacturing Company was dropped after backlash to the company’s smart gun prototype; the NRA famously boycotted Smith & Wesson after it agreed to develop smart gun technology as part of a deal with the Bill Clinton administration. Some people go even further: A Maryland gun dealer, who planned to sell a new smart gun, said he received death threats. (Some death threats are empty, but these presumably came from people with guns.) Read more »