Christie Slammed With Ethics Complaint Over “Beachgate”

A New Jersey lawyer has waged an ethics complaint against Gov. Chris Christie over the “Beachgate” scandal.

ICYMI, Christie and his family lounged in the sun at Island Beach State Park this past weekend while the rest of New Jersey was kept off the beach – and all state beaches and parks – during the budget impasse that led to a state government shutdown.  Read more »

Supreme Court to Rule on Sports Gambling in New Jersey

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria. Photo of Christie by AP/Mark Humphrey.

In a move sure to please Philadelphians with deep pockets and easy access to the bridges, the U.S. Supreme Court announced on Tuesday that it has agreed to take on New Jersey’s appeal to legalize sports gambling at the state’s casinos and racetracks. Our country’s high court will review the case at an undetermined point during its term that begins in October. Read more »

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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L: “United Airlines B763 N651UA” by Lasse Fuss – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons | R: By Gage Skidmore Chris Christie, CC BY-SA 2.0

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 »

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