Gov. Chris Christie's message to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday just outside of Washington, D.C. was direct: Republicans have the best opportunity to win policy battles not in the nation's capital, but in state politics.
"We've got to start talking about what we're for, and not what we're against," Christie said. "Our ideas are better than their ideas, and that's what we have to stand up for."
Christie cited the impact made by the Republican governors of Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Florida when making the argument that state governments now move policy initiatives forward more effectively than the federal government.
New Jersey lobbying expenditures climbed over $60 million in 2013, according to the latest state Election Law Enforcement Commission report issued Thursday.
Lobbying expenditures rose more than $2.2 million over 2012, representing a 3.8 percent increase, according to the report. The spike is likely the result of several controversial bills lawmakers considered in 2013, said Jeff Brindle, ELEC’s executive director.
“The primary purpose of lobbying is to represent the views of the wide range of interest groups that have a stake in our democracy,” he said in a statement. “Lobbying helps crystallize issues for our elected officials and the public, and helps decision-makers weigh the pros and cons of legislative action or inaction.”Read More >
A shakeup could be brewing in the legislative district that’s home to a top Democratic lawmaker eyeing the governor’s office, according to sources.
Assemblyman Celeste Riley’s (D-3) name emerged recently as a possible county clerk contender to challenge the county’s three-term Republican incumbent, according to Bob Greco, chairman of the Cumberland County GOP.
“The facts are there was a poll run in Cumberland County two nights ago asking, “If the clerk’s election were tomorrow who would you vote for?’” said Greco, adding the only choices given as possible contenders were Riley and the incumbent county clerk, Gloria Noto.Read More >
As conservatives gather in the Washington area on Thursday for three days of speeches from prospective 2016 presidential candidates and discussions about the future of the GOP, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that three in 10 of all Republicans say they would not vote for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie if he ran for the White House, according to a report by the Washington Post.
Christie will address the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday morning. He was not invited to speak at last year’s event. What he says and the reception he receives will be closely watched and analyzed, and the new survey underscores the obstacles Christie will face if he seeks his party’s nomination in 2016.Read More >
TRENTON - If the words "Trenton makes, the world takes" on the city's famous bridge bear any meaning in recent months, it might be that the political culture of New Jersey's capital city has made the world take notice.
The conviction and subsequent removal of former Trenton Mayor Tony Mack after he was found guilty of bribery and extortion charges in federal court earlier this month creates the chance for change.Read More >
Jeff Bell and Steve Lonegan, New Jersey Republicans running for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, respectively, endorsed each other today in a joint statement. Lonegan, who is running in NJ-3, was the GOP nominee against Cory Booker in the special Senate election last year.
In his endorsement, Steve Lonegan said, "Jeff Bell blazed a path for New Jersey conservatives in the Reagan era and now he's back to challenge a very vulnerable incumbent, Cory Booker. He has my full support."
Gov. Chris Christie’s former top Port Authority appointee who ultimately resigned from the post following the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy is back to work.
Bill Baroni, the former deputy director of the Port Authority, took a position with Hill Wallack LLP, a prominent Democratic law firm in the Garden State.Read More >
Former Paterson Mayor, Lawrence "Pat" Kramer, today endorsed Jose "Joey" Torres for mayor of Paterson in the May 13th nonpartisan election.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
FDU Poll: Christie plummets 20 points Gov. Chris Christie's job approval took a 20 point drop in three plus months, according to this morning's Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll. Christie’s post Bridgegate job approval rating stands at 41% (with 44% who disapprove), down from 61% last November. Currently about...
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BY JEFF BRINDLE Anytime now, the U.S. Supreme Court will render a decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. And while reformists may not like it, the high court is likely to allow national parties to raise far more money. That could strengthen them... Read More >
“Unfortunately for the governor, the investigation appears to be turning him into a more polarizing figure. As recently as late last year, his approval numbers were consistently bigger than his disapproves - by a pretty big margin - and more voters liked everything about him than disliked everything about him. One of the defining characteristics of the governor that makes him a nationally sought after Republican is his widespread appeal in a Democratic state. Bridgegate continues to erode that asset.” - FDU Poll Director Krista Jenkins.- PolitickerNJ.com
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