Trump Taps Former Christie Lawyer for FBI Director

L: Christopher Wray (AP File Photo/Lawrence Jackson) | R: Chris Christie By Gage Skidmore Chris Christie, CC BY-SA 2.0

President Donald Trump will nominate Christopher Wray – a former Justice Department official who served as New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s personal attorney during the Bridgegate scandal – to lead the FBI.

Wray and Christie first met when they were both attorneys in the Justice Department under George W. Bush. Wray left the department in 2005, when he joined the law firm King & Spalding as a litigation partner.

Last year, a federal jury found two of Christie’s former aides guilty of faking a traffic study to close lanes that led from Fort Lee to the George Washington Bridge in 2013. The shutdown was allegedly an attempt to punish Fort Lee mayor Mark Sokolich for his decision not to endorse Christie. Christie was not charged in the case.

Christie made a public pitch for Wray last week, but he recently declined to say whether or not he recommended Wray to Trump. He praised Trump’s decision this morning.

“When I had to retain legal counsel during a very, very troubling, confusing, difficult time for me, I made one phone call, and that was to Chris Wray,” Christie said today, according to the Asbury Park Press. “So I can’t give a better recommendation than that. I think the President of the United State should be commended. He did a deliberative process. He met lots of people from what I understand.”

Former FBI director James Comey, whom Trump ousted suddenly last month, will testify in public on Capitol Hill tomorrow about his interactions with Trump in the weeks leading up to his firing.

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Christie Pledges to Cut Back on Rules for Atlantic City Casinos

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After meeting with MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment on Thursday, Governor Christie announced plans to roll back some of New Jersey’s gambling regulations, but he didn’t reveal which ones, the AP reports.

“We’re going to be working with them on additional ways we can bring Atlantic City’s regulations into the 21st century,” he said.

The announcement came as MGM Resorts International chairman and CEO James Murren teased plans about an upcoming collaboration with Caesars in Atlantic City. “We are going to be working with our friends at Caesars to find out how we can further move Atlantic City along,” he said at a press conference on Thursday, according to the Press of Atlantic City. Read more »

Senate Bill Would Make Weed Legal in New Jersey

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A Democratic senator has introduced a bill that would make recreational marijuana use legal in New Jersey.

Sen. Nicholas Scutari is behind a bill that, if passed, would allow weed to be grown, sold and taxed in the Garden State. The senator – who’s attempted to pass a similar bill before – wants New Jersey to join the eleven states that have legalized recreational use of the drug.

The bill stands virtually no chance of making it past Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who has called supporters of marijuana legalization “crazy liberals” who wants to “poison our kids,” according to PoliticoRead more »

Christie: Stop Allowing Airlines to Kick Off Passengers

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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 Next Job Could Be Sports Talk Radio Host

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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 »

Kenney: Christie Is the Biggest Loser in the Country

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In case you haven’t heard, yesterday on SportsRadio 94.1 WIPNew 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.

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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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Chris Christie’s Veto of Casino License Bill Stands

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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 »

Icahn Says He’ll Sell Trump Taj Mahal

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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 »

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