Trump: Chris Christie Could Be My Vice President

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, takes questions from members of the media during a news conference on Super Tuesday primary election night in the White and Gold Ballroom at The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., on March 1st, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

He didn’t come close to winning the presidential nomination, but Chris Christie could be your next vice president.

According to a Donald Trump interview with the Associated Press, he has narrowed down his VP slot to “a very good list of five or six people.” In the interview, he did not rule out selecting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as his VP. Read more »

Chris Christie to Chair Donald Trump Transition Team

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, wave as they arrive at a rally at Millington Regional Airport in Millington, Tenn., Saturday, February 27th, 2016.

Chris Christie is going to work for The Donald.

Today, Trump announced that Christie would chair his transition team — the group that will prepare for what is hopefully a smooth transition from President Barack Obama to the newly-elected president.

“Governor Christie is an extremely knowledgeable and loyal person with the tools and resources to put together an unparalleled Transition Team, one that will be prepared to take over the White House when we win in November,” Trump said in a press release. “I am grateful to Governor Christie for his contributions to this movement.” Read more »

Chris Christie: 10 Days to Avert Atlantic City Bankruptcy

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Chris Christie speaking at today’s press conference on the Atlantic City state takeover bill. (Still from NJTV livestream; used under a Creative Commons license)

“We’re either going to do it, or Atlantic City is going to be bankrupt.”

Those were the words from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a late-afternoon press conference today, speaking about series of Atlantic City state takeover bills that he wants the legislature to pass as soon as possible. According to Christie, Atlantic City will run out of cash in about 10 days.

“We don’t have time to dawdle here,” Christie said. “It’s 10 days.… I am not going to permit the taxpayers of New Jersey to be fleeced again.” Christie supports a bill, proposed by Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney, that allows the state to take over large swaths of city government for five years. Read more »

New Poll: Chris Christie More Unpopular Than Ever in N.J.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, gives a thumbs up to the crowd as he is introduced by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, at a rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., Monday, March 14, 2016.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, gives a thumbs up to the crowd as he is introduced by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, at a rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., Monday, March 14, 2016.

Donald Trump may be on the verge of capturing the Republican nomination for president. But his chief campaign surrogate continues to drop in popularity in his home state.

Per a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll, the governor’s approval rating has hit a new low. Only 26 percent of New Jersey voters have a favorable opinion of Chris Christie, down three points from February and a huge drop from the soaring popularity Christie enjoyed after Hurricane Sandy.

“Among the New Jersey politicians we poll, Governor Christie continues to generate the most negativity among voters, even more so than the state’s currently indicted senator [Robert Menendez,” Ashley Koning, assistant director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP) at Rutgers University, said in a release. “Not even Christie’s backing of Donald Trump has helped him with New Jersey Republicans, who give Trump higher ratings than Christie and are now more likely than ever to vote for Trump come June.” Read more »

State Sues Atlantic City as Finances Unravel

Atlantic City at dusk, November 2014

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The state of New Jersey is suing Atlantic City, trying to force the municipality to make payments to the city’s public schools instead of making a scheduled payment to employees on Friday.

NJ.com quotes Gov. Chris Christie: “This won’t fix the city’s own financial problems. But it will prevent them from making Atlantic City students and their families collateral damage to their reckless financial games.”

ABC News reports the city owes the district $34 million through July. The lawsuit aims to put the school district “at the front of the line” for any money that Atlantic City, with its foundering casinos, can scrape together.  Read more »

Atlantic City: Nothing Will Be Different During 3-Week Shutdown

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Atlantic City mayor Don Guardian (left) and New Jersey governor Chris Christie.

Come April 8th, Atlantic City is out of cash.

That doesn’t mean the boardwalk is going to crumble like it’s an episode of Life After People. But it does mean the city — which is generally bumpin’ on weekends, no matter the time of year — won’t pay its employees for three weeks.

Mayor Don Guardian said yesterday about 950 city employees have volunteered to work without pay. That’s almost the entire city workforce; Guardian said the city “is not going to look any different” during the government shutdown.

Employees aren’t guaranteed to be paid eventually for those three free weeks of work, though it’s certainly a possibility. But if you’re going to the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival (Dashboard Confessional and Reel Big Fish are playing!) or the Garden State Film Festival (there’s a movie called Catslaughter screening!), your experience in Atlantic City will not be any different. Read more »

Chris Christie Jokes Are No Longer Just About His Weight

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, gives a thumbs up to the crowd as he is introduced by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, at a rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., Monday, March 14, 2016.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd as he is introduced by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., on March 14th.

Chris Christie jokes used to be mostly about his weight.

As Matt Katz chronicles in American Governor, his recent biography of the New Jersey governor, Christie’s weight was an issue from the beginning of his political career. In 1995, a letter to the editor said he “resembled the Pillsbury Doughboy.” In the 2009 gubernatorial campaign, Jon Corzine accused Christie of “throwing his weight around.” The New York Post once headlined a story about Christie at the Wailing Wall with, “Whale at the Wall.”

Christie has lost weight. He used a pseudonym to check into a hospital to get lap-band surgery in 2013. (“I guess Springsteen’s no longer the band closest to the governor’s heart,” Katz quipped at the Trenton Legislative Correspondents Club dinner that year.) But the fat jokes keep coming, and Christie generally deals with them as anyone does: With a shrug, a self-deprecating joke and maybe a chuckle or two.

But Christie’s weight isn’t really why he’s been the butt of jokes recently. Now it’s just Christie himself. Read more »

4 Things We Learned From the NYT Trump-Christie Profile

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, takes questions from members of the media during a news conference on Super Tuesday primary election night in the White and Gold Ballroom at The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, takes questions from members of the media during a news conference on Super Tuesday primary election night in the White and Gold Ballroom at The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Chris Christie-Donald Trump alliance continues to be an object of fascination, so the New York Times dives in today with a history of — and it seems air quotes are needed here — “friendship.”

Here are four things we learned from the piece:

Trump’s sister, a federal judge in New Jersey, brought them together. We told you last month about Maryanne Trump Barry, a senior judge for the Philly-based U.S. Court of Appeals in the Third Circuit. It seems her career has never entirely been separate from politics or Donald’s dealings — she ascended to the bench in the 1980s after her brother made a call to Roy Cohn, who in turn called then-Attorney General Edwin Meese.

The Times story suggests, too, that Christie got a little bit of help from his brother Todd — snagging an appointment as U.S. attorney for New Jersey after Todd made a big donation to the campaign of George W. Bush. After he took the job, Judge Barry told Christie: “My little brother really wants to meet you.” Read more »

Chris Christie on Trump: “No, I Wasn’t Being Held Hostage”

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Chris Christie got the most attention of this presidential election season on Tuesday. Unfortunately for him, he’d already dropped out of the race weeks earlier. Christie got all the attention for the faces he made while standing behind Donald Trump during the latter’s victory speech that night. (Our own Joel Mathis collected 10 of the best “silent scream” memes yesterday.)

Christie endorsed Trump last Friday; a move that sparked a huge backlash. The New Hampshire Union-Leader, which supported Christie in that state’s primary, wrote an editorial apologizing for that choice.

After cavorting around with Christie over the weekend and into Super Tuesday and giving a press conference where he refused to answer questions about the Trump endorsement, six Gannett newspapers in New Jersey called on him to resign in a joint editorial. They went even further than that: If Christie doesn’t resign, the papers said the state’s citizens should initiate a recall effort.

Today, Christie gave one of his old-fashioned freewheeling press conferences where he did take questions about his endorsement of Trump, the newspapers’ editorial and whatever else reporters asked of him. Read more »

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