Donald Trump Goes After Chris Christie on Twitter: “New Jerseyans Not Happy”

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Donald Trump has a long history in New Jersey. He brought three casinos to Atlantic City, then saw them go bankrupt, reducing his ownership share of the lone Trump-branded casino to a minuscule one. His name is also on Jersey City’s Trump Plaza, a residential building.

Well, the businessman and possible next president of the United States has turned his gaze to New Jersey today. Fellow presidential hopeful Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, has been rising in polls and making conservatives think he might be the one to dethrone Trump from his GOP frontrunner throne.

Trump’s tweet is in response to the New Hampshire Union Leader‘s endorsement of Chris Christie. “Chris Christie is a solid, pro-life conservative who has managed to govern in liberal New Jersey, face down the big public unions, and win a second term,” wrote Union Leader publisher Joseph McQuaid. “Gov. Christie can work across the aisle, but he won’t get rolled by the bureaucrats. We don’t need as President some well-meaning person from the private sector who has no public experience.”

I don’t know if I can believe the word of a man who spells his last name incorrectly, and the endorsement may not help Christie that much, but Trump decided he needed to tweet a putdown anyway. Read more »

Conservatives Contemplating Chris Christie Comeback

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George Will, the longtime conservative commentator for the Washington Post, wrote a column last night saying that, after the terrorist attacks in Paris, there’s only one presidential candidate to turn to: Chris Christie.

Pitching Christie as an alternative to political neophytes Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina — and as better than, I am not kidding here, the values expressed in John Lennon’s “Imagine” — Will writes that “no candidate in the Republican field can match Christie’s combination of a prosecutor’s bearing and a governor’s executive temperament.” Will then spends most of the column bashing Trump, which he’s done consistently. Read more »

After JV Debate, Christie Gets Praise From Fox Owner

It’s been an interesting week or so for Chris Christie. He has gotten by far his most traction of the campaign with his heartfelt speech about addiction, but he also was dropped to the undercard debate yesterday due to sagging poll ratings.

And so last night Fox Business Network held two debates, and Christie was in the one that started at 7. He spent most of his time attacking Hillary Clinton.

“I want to talk about what’s going to happen to this country if we have another four years of Barack Obama’s policies,” Christie said during the debate. He essentially avoided squabbling with the other three candidates, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum. “The bottom line is Hillary Clinton is coming for your wallet, everyone,” Christie said. “Don’t worry about Huckabee and Jindal. Worry about her.” Read more »

Chris Christie Dropped to JV Debate on Tuesday

Republican presidential candidates, from left, John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and Rand Paul take the stage during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colo.

Republican presidential candidates, from left, John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and Rand Paul take the stage during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colo.

Earlier this week, we told you Chris Christie‘s sagging polling numbers could mean he’d be dropped from the main GOP debate on Tuesday. But we left it on an up-beat note: Christie’s speech about drug addiction went viral, and he was up to 3 percent in a recent poll. It still didn’t seem like Christie will be our next president, or even the GOP nominee, but it was something.

But whoops! Things went south in a hurry. Along with Mike Huckabee, Christie was cut from the main debate stage. Lou Dobbswho Philly’s new mayor called an asshole in 2012 — announced last night that the two were cut from the main, prime-time debate next Tuesday on Fox Business Channel.

Fox Business Channel said candidates must have reached 2.5 percent in an average of the four latest national polls in order to qualify for the debate. Christie’s right around that level, but he might’ve been able to qualify depending on which four national polls the channel selected. Real Clear Politics says he’s at 2 percent in an average of the last five polls. Read more »

Chris Christie Close to Being Sent to JV GOP Debate This Month

Republican presidential candidates, from left, John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and Rand Paul take the stage during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colo.

Republican presidential candidates take the stage during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colo.

Chris Christie is in danger of being demoted to the JV team.

Christie has actually performed pretty well at the three-ring circus that has been the first three GOP debates. And he’s looking for a comeback in the polls, especially with Jeb Bush faltering. He’s gaining in New Hampshire. Read more »

Philly Schools Have to Borrow Money to Stay Open

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Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know today:

The Philadelphia School District has to borrow money to keep the lights on.

The budget logjam in Harrisburg has left the school district nearly broke. Officials say they will soon need to borrow money to keep schools open, but it’s unclear exactly how much funding they will seek or what the debt service will cost. “You have to find someone who’s willing to lend you the money,” says district spokesman Fernando Gallard. “And you gotta figure out how much they’re willing to lend you, and what are the rates and all the requirements they have.” NewsWorks reports that the district borrowed $275 million at the beginning of the school year, at the cost of $1 million in debt service. Read more »

Christie Files Eminent Domain Against “Selfish” Margate City

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Chris Christie photo via the New Jersey Office of the Governor; Lucy the Elephant photo by Dan McQuade

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie yesterday filed an eminent domain action against 87 municipally-owned lots in Margate City.

The state has long wanted to build storm-dampening dunes in Margate. The city and many property owners oppose the deal, saying the bulkheads on its beaches protect the city adequately. When Hurricane Joaquin threatened the East Coast, Christie called Margate residents who oppose the dune project “amongst the most selfish people in the state of New Jersey.”

A federally-funded dunes project is planned for Absecon Island, which would build dunes to protect Longport, Margate and part of Ventnor. (Atlantic City is also on the island.) The administration has already received 90 percent of the 4,279 easements required to go forward with several dunes project up and down the state. But it still needs easement approval from 239 property owners, mostly in Margate.

In a statement announcing the eminent domain action, state officials again chastised residents who oppose dune building. Read more »

Report: Chris Christie Uses An AOL Email Address

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Chris Christie is not going to win the Republican presidential nomination. He’s in the single digits in nearly every poll, statewide and nationally, and he trails at least seven candidates. Even a well-regarded second debate from the New Jersey governor hasn’t moved him in the polls. He trails Donald Trump among New Jersey Republicans. Et cetera.

The guy a lot of people thought should run in 2012 is now a 2016 afterthought. That doesn’t mean he’s any less fun to write about. Just yesterday on ABC’s This Week Christie said he would “rather jump off the Brooklyn Bridge than be in Congress.” That talk should win him points with the “those clowns in Congress” crowd!

This comes on the heels of last week, when Christie called residents of Margate “amongst the most selfish people in the state of New Jersey” for opposing a dunes project that would fight beach erosion. He stopped short of invoking the health of Lucy the Elephant, however. Read more »

Best Twitter Reactions to the 40th Anniversary of Springsteen’s Born to Run

Bruce Springsteen’s third album, his career-making Born to Run, turns 40 today. Naturally, Twitter has been buzzing all day with 140-character reflections, reactions and praise for the work that spawned hits like “Born to Run” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” and helped the New Jersey-born singer break into the mainstream.

The occasion even seems to have Chris Christie back on the Springsteen side of his ongoing “Who do I like better, Springsteen or Bon Jovi?” battle. He released a whole statement on Twitter, calling the album “my desert island disc. … It is the most powerful rock album of my lifetime.” (See the rest of his statement below.)

Here’s who else decided to chime in today, and what they had to say:

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Philly Artist Illustrates New Jeb Bush Comic

PPJebBushIllustrations by a Philadelphia artist grace the cover and inside pages of a new comic book about GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

Titled Political Power: Jeb Bush, Joe Paradise’s cover shows Bush struggling to literally hold up his family name. “The thing that kept coming back to me was the pressure of taking the spotlight in the dominant dynasty in American politics,” says Paradise in a press release on his inspiration behind the cover. “So, we’re not just talking family pressure – we’re talking about something beyond comprehension for most everyday people.”

The logline for the work reads like this: “For the Bush family, legacy is a powerful word, hinting of destiny made manifest and the promises of generations kept. … But will the weight of legacy be too much for W.’s brother, John Ellis “Jeb” Bush? Can he forge his own legacy?”

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