Smart Guns Aren’t for Sale in America Because of a New Jersey Law

Split photo: Chris Christie, New Jersey governor, and a smart gun developed by NJIT

Christie photo by Bob Jagendorf (license); smart gun prototype photo via of New Jersey Institute of Technology

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 »

Christie Says He’ll Vote to Expand Casinos to Northern New Jersey

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie said he plans to cast his ballot in favor of expanding casinos outside of Atlantic City and into parts of northern New Jersey.

The Associated Press reports that Christie made the comments at a statehouse news conference, where he said he would campaign for the ballot question. The idea of expanding casinos has drawn criticism from those who believe the move would further damage Atlantic City’s economy.

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New Jersey Will Pay $40 Million to Create 21 Jobs in Camden

FILE In this Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 file photograph, Gov. Chris Christie, center, greets a worker at the construction of a huge new KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy school in Camden, N.J. Christie has made frequent stops in the high-crime city, stressing his efforts working with local Democratic lawmakers, including Mayor Dana Redd. Under his watch, there have been major changes to schools, policing and efforts to attract businesses. (AP Photo/Mel Evans,file)

In this Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 file photograph, Gov. Chris Christie, center, greets a worker at the construction of a huge new KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy school in Camden, N.J. | Photo by Mel Evans/AP

Two million dollars. That’s what a single new job in Camden is worth to the state of New Jersey.

The state’s Economic Development Authority voted to approve a $40 million tax break so that Actega North America Inc., a company that makes coatings, sealants and inks, will build a new headquarters in Camden, bring 79 existing employees to the site, and create 21 new jobs, the Inquirer reported this morning. The site, which is on Admiral Wilson Boulevard, was the subject of earlier plans to develop a ShopRite, which would have been just the second supermarket in Camden. Those plans fell through, but neither the site’s owner nor ShopRite is saying why. Read more »

Cruz’s Campaign Manager: Christie “Turned Over His Political Testicles”

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie criticized Ted Cruz during a speech to delegates at the Republican National Convention this morning, at around the same time that Cruz’s campaign manager said Christie “turned over his political testicles long ago.”

Cruz’s campaign manager, Jeff Roe, made the comment on the Chris Stigall Show this morning.

Cruz refused to back Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during his speech at the RNC last night, which garnered a collective “boo” from the audience.

“I think it was awful, and quite frankly I think it was selfish,” Christie told reporters last night, referring to Cruz’s refusal to endorse Trump.

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Christie Defends Melania Trump: “93% of the Speech Is Completely Different”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives his thumb up as he walks off the stage with his wife Melania during the Republican National Convention, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives his thumb up as he walks off the stage with his wife Melania during the Republican National Convention, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland.

Melania Trump headlined the first night of the Republican National Convention yesterday, and she gave what many considered a fine speech. “Melania Trump initially appeared to deliver the speech her husband needed to portray him in a softer light,” CNN reported. “She offered testimony about the character of her husband, Donald Trump, and said he would never let America down.”

But it’s that initially part of the report that is key here. Because about two paragraphs were cribbed from another speech. It gets funnier: The speech it was taken from was Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech. Well, one way to make Melania sound like the first lady is to literally copy the words of the current wife of the president.

Plagiarism is generally not a huge deal in politics, and Republicans rushed to point out VP Joe Biden copied while in college and on the campaign trail. But others have just denied it. Read more »

Report: Christie “Misspoke” About Trump Donating to Hurricane Sandy Relief

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, gives a thumbs up to the crowd as he is introduced by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, at a rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., Monday, March 14, 2016.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, gives a thumbs up to the crowd as he is introduced by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, at a rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., Monday, March 14, 2016.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie told a heartwarming Trump story during the Republican National Convention yesterday.

But it might not necessarily be true.

According to The Washington Post, Christie told a group of Republican delegates Monday morning that after Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, his wife, Mary Pat Christie, asked Donald Trump to donate to her New Jersey disaster relief fund.

According to Christie’s story, Trump asked how much the check should be and then said, “Just tell me and I’ll send it,” northjersey.com reports.

Either Trump never actually promised to send money, or he didn’t follow through, according to reports.

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Yes, Chris Christie Will Speak at the RNC

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his budget at the Statehouse, Tuesday, February 16, 2016, in Trenton, N.J. Tuesday's budget address comes nearly a week after Christie ended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie will speak at the Republican National Convention tomorrow.

Christie is a prime-time speaker set to present a speech on the day of the convention’s “Make America Work Again” theme, which Donald Trump, Jr. will headline, along with former presidential candidate Ben Carson, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito and actress Kimberlin Brown.

Christie has served as one of Donald Trump‘s key advisors since February, following the abandonment of his own presidential campaign. The N.J. governor suffered a blow after Trump selected Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate in a surprising move last week.

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Reports: Chris Christie Being Vetted for Trump VP Slot

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, takes questions from members of the media during a news conference on Super Tuesday primary election night in the White and Gold Ballroom at The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., on March 1st, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A big loudmouth with ties to New Jersey could be on the Republican presidential ticket. Well, two of them.

Both The New York Times and CNN are reporting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is being vetted as a potential running mate for presumed GOP nominee Donald Trump. Trump has said he wants to announce his VP pick at the Republican National Convention, which is being held July 18th to 21st in Cleveland.

Christie endorsed Trump in late January, not long after dropping out of the race after poor showings in the crowded Republican presidential primary in Iowa and New Hampshire. Allies quickly turned on Christie for his endorsement, but the governor has pressed on. Read more »

Chris Christie Wants Military Action Over Orlando Attack

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers questions after voting at Brookside Engine Company 1 firehouse Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Mendham Township, N.J.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers questions after voting at Brookside Engine Company 1 firehouse Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Mendham Township, N.J.

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie is upset about the attack on LGBT nightclub Pulse in Orlando. In response, he wants the U.S. to respond with military action overseas.

“You’ve got to get over there and make them pay where they live,” Christie said yesterday on WFAN’s Boomer & Carton Show (yes, a sports talk show). He was filling in for Boomer Esiason. “It is unacceptable to allow this type of stuff in our country and for us to not fight back. We’ve got to fight back.”

Christie is a top adviser to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the head of Trump’s White House transition team if he wins. Earlier in the day at a public event, Christie said people need “to get serious” at “every level in government and in the private sector” about the threat of “radical Islam.”  Read more »

Chris Christie: I Didn’t Fetch McDonald’s for Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, wave as they arrive at a rally at Millington Regional Airport in Millington, Tenn., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, wave as they arrive at a rally at Millington Regional Airport in Millington, Tenn., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.

Chris Christie says he didn’t fetch McDonald’s for Donald Trump.

In yet another great moment in the 2016 presidential campaign, yesterday The New Yorker reported Christie had fetched Trump’s order at McDonald’s.

Later yesterday, a Christie spokesman categorically denied the allegation to Business Insider:

“We categorically deny this ridiculous, completely invented scenario, which the writer attributed to an unnamed source’s anonymous friend,” Murray told Business Insider in an email. “The fact the writer relegated this bit of sleaze between parentheses certainly indicates he knew it was trash that had to be separated from the rest of the story.”

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