Chris Christie’s Veto of Casino License Bill Stands

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The Trump Taj Mahal saga continues: Last week Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would punish the casino’s owner — billionaire Carl Icahn — and yesterday the New Jersey Senate was expected to override the veto in an unprecedented move.

But, as the Press of Atlantic City reports, the senate failed to override the veto. Senate president Steve Sweeney pulled the bill before a final vote was recorded.

The legislation, originally passed in December, would strip a casino owner of their gaming license for five years if they shut down a casino’s operations after January 2016. The Senate was apparently motivated to draft the ordinance after Icahn closed the Taj in 2016 after he failed to draw up a new contract with union employees. Senate leaders feared he’d just reopen the casino resort with nonunion employees. Read more »

Icahn Says He’ll Sell Trump Taj Mahal

Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City

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Billionaire investor Carl Icahn wants to wash his hands of the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City.

On Monday, he announced plans to sell the shuttered casino resort. In a statement on his website, the special adviser to President Trump — the casino’s former owner — says he won’t invest the $100 to $200 million the casino needs to reboot.

Why this decision? Icahn is pointing the finger at a New Jersey bill and its sponsor — state Senate president Steve Sweeney. The bill, which has now been vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie, would have penalized Icahn by divesting him of his casino license for five years. Read more »

Chris Christie: Eagles Fans “Generally Angry, Awful People”

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie co-hosted a sports talk radio program this morning, filling in for former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason. I would say this seems odd, but I am a resident of the state in which the sitting governor routinely participated in an Eagles post-game panel show.

But I can criticize Christie’s choice of descriptors for Eagles fans. Speaking on WFAN’s Boomer And Carton Show, Christie said the Eagles have “sucked for a long time. And their fans are generally angry, awful people.” Read more »

Ex-Chris Christie Aides Found Guilty in Bridgegate Trial

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers questions after voting at Brookside Engine Company 1 firehouse Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Mendham Township, N.J.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers questions after voting at Brookside Engine Company 1 firehouse on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016, in Mendham Township, N.J.

A jury today found Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni, two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie, guilty of conspiring to close bridge lanes as a way to punish a mayor who didn’t endorse Christie for re-election.

Kelly, once Christie’s deputy chief-of-staff, and Baroni, a Christie appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, were each found guilty of intentionally misusing Port Authority resources, wire fraud, conspiracy and violating the rights of the citizens of Fort Lee, New Jersey. Read more »

Smart Guns Aren’t for Sale in America Because of a New Jersey Law

Split photo: Chris Christie, New Jersey governor, and a smart gun developed by NJIT

Christie photo by Bob Jagendorf (license); smart gun prototype photo via of New Jersey Institute of Technology

Chris Christie yesterday vetoed a bill that would have required New Jersey gun dealers to carry at least one “smart gun” for sale. Christie used a pocket veto, which means the Democratic legislature cannot override it.

Smart guns have been developed by several different sources, but are not yet for sale in the U.S. A smart gun can only be fired by an authorized user (though some smart gun tech has a way for authorized users to override that and allow anyone to fire it). The New Jersey Institute of Technology’s smart gun prototype uses “dynamic grip” technology to prevent anyone else from firing it. NJIT’s smart-gun project was begun at the behest of the state, but was eventually killed.

The gun-lobby says it’s agnostic to smart gun tech, but that’s a lie: The CEO of Colt’s Manufacturing Company was dropped after backlash to the company’s smart gun prototype; the NRA famously boycotted Smith & Wesson after it agreed to develop smart gun technology as part of a deal with the Bill Clinton administration. Some people go even further: A Maryland gun dealer, who planned to sell a new smart gun, said he received death threats. (Some death threats are empty, but these presumably came from people with guns.) Read more »

Christie Says He’ll Vote to Expand Casinos to Northern New Jersey

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie said he plans to cast his ballot in favor of expanding casinos outside of Atlantic City and into parts of northern New Jersey.

The Associated Press reports that Christie made the comments at a statehouse news conference, where he said he would campaign for the ballot question. The idea of expanding casinos has drawn criticism from those who believe the move would further damage Atlantic City’s economy.

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New Jersey Will Pay $40 Million to Create 21 Jobs in Camden

FILE In this Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 file photograph, Gov. Chris Christie, center, greets a worker at the construction of a huge new KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy school in Camden, N.J. Christie has made frequent stops in the high-crime city, stressing his efforts working with local Democratic lawmakers, including Mayor Dana Redd. Under his watch, there have been major changes to schools, policing and efforts to attract businesses. (AP Photo/Mel Evans,file)

In this Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 file photograph, Gov. Chris Christie, center, greets a worker at the construction of a huge new KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy school in Camden, N.J. | Photo by Mel Evans/AP

Two million dollars. That’s what a single new job in Camden is worth to the state of New Jersey.

The state’s Economic Development Authority voted to approve a $40 million tax break so that Actega North America Inc., a company that makes coatings, sealants and inks, will build a new headquarters in Camden, bring 79 existing employees to the site, and create 21 new jobs, the Inquirer reported this morning. The site, which is on Admiral Wilson Boulevard, was the subject of earlier plans to develop a ShopRite, which would have been just the second supermarket in Camden. Those plans fell through, but neither the site’s owner nor ShopRite is saying why. Read more »

Cruz’s Campaign Manager: Christie “Turned Over His Political Testicles”

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie criticized Ted Cruz during a speech to delegates at the Republican National Convention this morning, at around the same time that Cruz’s campaign manager said Christie “turned over his political testicles long ago.”

Cruz’s campaign manager, Jeff Roe, made the comment on the Chris Stigall Show this morning.

Cruz refused to back Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during his speech at the RNC last night, which garnered a collective “boo” from the audience.

“I think it was awful, and quite frankly I think it was selfish,” Christie told reporters last night, referring to Cruz’s refusal to endorse Trump.

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Christie Defends Melania Trump: “93% of the Speech Is Completely Different”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives his thumb up as he walks off the stage with his wife Melania during the Republican National Convention, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives his thumb up as he walks off the stage with his wife Melania during the Republican National Convention, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland.

Melania Trump headlined the first night of the Republican National Convention yesterday, and she gave what many considered a fine speech. “Melania Trump initially appeared to deliver the speech her husband needed to portray him in a softer light,” CNN reported. “She offered testimony about the character of her husband, Donald Trump, and said he would never let America down.”

But it’s that initially part of the report that is key here. Because about two paragraphs were cribbed from another speech. It gets funnier: The speech it was taken from was Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech. Well, one way to make Melania sound like the first lady is to literally copy the words of the current wife of the president.

Plagiarism is generally not a huge deal in politics, and Republicans rushed to point out VP Joe Biden copied while in college and on the campaign trail. But others have just denied it. Read more »

Report: Christie “Misspoke” About Trump Donating to Hurricane Sandy Relief

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.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie told a heartwarming Trump story during the Republican National Convention yesterday.

But it might not necessarily be true.

According to The Washington Post, Christie told a group of Republican delegates Monday morning that after Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, his wife, Mary Pat Christie, asked Donald Trump to donate to her New Jersey disaster relief fund.

According to Christie’s story, Trump asked how much the check should be and then said, “Just tell me and I’ll send it,” northjersey.com reports.

Either Trump never actually promised to send money, or he didn’t follow through, according to reports.

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