Once-Key Christie Ally to Host Fundraiser — for Jeb Bush’s Son

Recently in a profile of Chris Christie, the New Yorker detailed the falling-out between former N.J. governor Tom Kean (and his son) and Christie. Once a key ally, the elder Kean had a falling out with Christie over several issues, including Christie’s attempt to oust the younger Kean as New Jersey Senate minority leader.

Christie later called this move a mistake, and maybe he’s right: Kean Jr. — who survived the attempt and is still N.J. Senate minority leader — is hosting a fundraiser for George P. Bush at his home on May 7th.

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Poll: Jersey Voters Skeptical of Christie Vindication

Politico reports: “New Jersey voters think an investigation commissioned by Gov. Chris Christie’s office that cleared him of wrongdoing in the George Washington Bridge scandal is a “whitewash,” according to a new poll. Of the 96 percent of New Jersey voters who had heard of the controversy over the lane closures and resulting traffic jam on the bridge, allegedly ordered by Christie’s staff as political retribution, 56 percent said the investigation was a “whitewash,” according to a Quinnipiac poll out Wednesday. Thirty-six percent said the investigation was a legitimate one.”

One other bad bit of news for Christie: Two-thirds of Jersey voters believe he ordered the bridge closure; Christie has denied involvement.

Our Five Favorite Parts of the Chris Christie New Yorker Profile

You’ve already heard about the Joy Behar incident. There are a lot more golden tidbits in this week’s New Yorker profile of Chris Christie. Here are five of our favorite:



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Former Christie Associates Talking to Bridgegate Grand Jury

NJ.com reports on the latest goings-on in the grand jury investigating Bridgegate:

David Wildstein, the former Port Authority official at the center of the George Washington Bridge lane-closings scandal, spent several days meeting with federal prosecutors in Newark last week, according to a report posted online by a Washington-based publication that says it covers “insider news” about the U.S. Department of Justice.

The publication, called “Main Justice,” is also reporting that Charlie McKenna, former chief legal counsel to Gov. Chris Christie, met secretly in mid-January with investigators in the office of New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

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Dear Chris Christie: It’s Time to Give Up on 2016

AP Photo | Julio Cortez

Chris Christie. AP Photo | Julio Cortez

Dear Governor Christie:

It is over. For the good of the Republican Party, the State of New Jersey, you, and your family, it is time to put to rest all speculation that you may run for president in 2016. Have one of your famous news conferences — call us all idiots if you’d like — but officially announce that you’ll not be running for president.

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