At a school groundbreaking in Camden, South Jersey political boss George Norcross poked fun at NJ Gov. Chris Christie, who is still licking wounds from the Bridgegate controversy. Politicker NJ Reports:
The conservative Washington Examiner says polling shows Chris Christie’s comeback from Bridgegate is happening in Virginia:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s political comeback has started inVirginia where he has emerged as the Republican Party’s best chance to defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, according to anew poll from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va.
Christie, who is slowly extracting himself from the so-called “Bridgegate” affair, is the top pick among Virginians to be the 2016 GOP nominee, and he comes within the margin of error in a head-to-head matchup with Clinton.
In that contest, said the poll from the school’s Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy, Clinton beats Christie 43 percent to 41 percent. The margin of error for the poll of 901 voters is 3.3 percent.
Christie barely edges Jeb Bush among Republicans, the poll says, but Bush would be thrashed by Clinton in their head-to-head matchup.
The Star-Ledger reports: “Calling Hurricane Sandy-damaged homes that have not yet been torn down an “ongoing emergency,” Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order aimed at speeding up the process of razing unsafe properties. … The order gives the Community Affairs commissioner the authority to “commandeer Sandy-impacted eligible structures,” as well as take possession of rights of way on any property needed to facilitate demolition. According to the governor’s office, state code enforcement officials have been surveying private properties to identify homes that need to be razed. Property owners will be notified when that determination is made and then will have the opportunity to challenge it.” The demolition program will be focused in Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union counties.
Politico reports on the latest mini-scandal afflicting Gov. Chris Christie’s administration—jokes about causing Bridgegate-style “traffic problems” for a New Jersey rabbi:
Politico reports that Chris Christie’s approval rating has slid 15 points from December. “The number of New Jerseyans viewing Christie unfavorably has also grown. Voters barely view him favorably, 42 percent to 37 percent, down from a 44 percent to 28 percent favorable rating he enjoyed in January and a significant drop from his February 2013 record-high mark of 70 percent to 19 percent.”
Also bad for his 2016 presidential run: 54 percent of Jersey voters say Christie doesn’t have the temperament to be president.
The Star-Ledger reports that N.J. Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday rejected town hall advice that he give up his love for Bruce Springsteen. “I don’t think I ever been under the illusion as a Bruce fan, of his music, that that meant that he and I were necessarily simpatico on a number of other issues,” Christie said. “I still live in hope that someday, even as he gets older and older, he’s going to wake up and go, ‘Yeah, maybe he’s a good guy. He’s alright, you know. We can be friends.’”
The Star-Ledger reports: “Gov. Chris Christie and the leaders of the state Legislature have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a 22-year-old federal law preventing them from legalizing sports betting at New Jersey’s horse racing tracks and Atlantic City casinos. The state’s appeal, filed last week and made public today, is a last-ditch effort by the governor and lawmakers. They have been rebuffed at every turn, losing three times in federal court to the NCAA and the nation’s professional sports leagues, which originally brought the high-profile case.” The sports leagues have until March 17 to respond.