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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Chris Christie Tells Diane Sawyer: No Bridgegate Responsibility

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NJ Gov. Chris Christie was interviewed Thursday night by ABC’s Diane Sawyer, and made the case that he shouldn’t be blamed for the “Bridgegate” scandal afflicting his administration — not even to the point that his abrupt personal style might’ve accidentally influenced the staffers who sought revenge on a Democratic mayor by creating traffic problems near the George Washington Bridge at Fort Lee.

But he feels bad about the affair: “You don’t sleep, you don’t eat,” he said.

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Chris Christie Opposed to Relaxed Pot Laws in New Jersey

With marijuana now legal in Colorado and Washington and the sky still unlikely to fall to the ground anytime soon, other states are considering following their lead in legalizing pot as a way to raise revenue, improve the public’s relations with the police and in general stop wasting everyone’s time.

We all know who loves a good time-waster, of course: Chris Christie, who says he is opposed to any relaxed pot laws. The Inquirer‘s Jan Hefler notes Christie’s recent opposition at a town-hall meeting:

In a town hall in Flemington last week, Christie, a Republican, told the crowd that he would not decriminalize or legalize marijuana, because it would be “the wrong message to send to children” and young adults. Legalization would allow the “state-sanctioned use of marijuana for people who do not have a legitimate need for it,” he said, adding he supports marijuana use for medical ailments.

I don’t know. People are always complaining about young people not being interested in politics. What better way to find the future leaders of tomorrow than by getting them into politics because of a pot bill!

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POLL: Springsteen More Popular in New Jersey Than Governor Christie

springsteen christieA new study shows that The Boss has higher approval ratings in the state of New Jersey than its highest elected official. In the poll, conducted by the state’s Fairleigh Dickinson University, 67 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of Bruce Springsteen, while only 46 percent can say the same for Governor Christie. Here’s a more specific breakdown:

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Chris Christie Spars with Audience at Town Hall-Style Meeting

You’re not going to believe this, but Chris Christie argued with audience members at a town hall-style meeting in Middlesex County last night.

The Inquirer’s Maddie Hanna writes that Christie first had to deal with a coordinated call-and-response chant from protesters over “corrupt uses of Hurricane Sandy money.” Sadly, we don’t learn what the chant is, but my guess is “Hey, ho, hey, ho/Corrupt uses of Hurricane Sandy money have got to go!” Okay, maybe not.

Christie told the audience the protesters were from the Communication Workers of America — “people who we – we, collectively – have been standing up against for the last 4 1/2 years.” The union denied the affiliation.

The second disruption was more fun, because it featured better quotes from Christie.

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