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  • Shock poll: Jeb Bush is choice of conservatives, Romney is establishment pick

    12/26/2014 11:20:36 AM PST · by entropy12 · 166 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 12/25/2014 | Paul Bedard
    In a new poll of likely Republican primary voters nationwide by Zogby Analytics, 2012 GOP nominee Romney leads the pack with 14%, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (12%), Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (10%), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (8%), former Arkansas Governor and now Fox News Host Mike Huckabee (7%), Florida Senator Marco Rubio (7%), Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (5%), Rep. and former Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan (4%), Texas Governor Rick Perry (4%), Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (3%), Texas Senator Ted Cruz (3%), South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (2%), former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (1%), and both...
  • Christie calls on House GOP to compromise

    11/17/2014 1:17:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    WREX-TV / The Associated Press ^ | November 17, 2014 | Steve Peoples
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Making a rare Capitol Hill appearance, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday encouraged the GOP's newest members of Congress to embrace compromise and common ground as they shift to a governing role following their party's midterm rout. The Republican governor, who is contemplating a 2016 presidential bid, addressed newly elected House Republicans and their spouses during a closed-door orientation luncheon inside the Capitol. The often-outspoken Christie declined to answer questions from reporters afterward, but attendees said offered a distinctly bipartisan tone. "He did talk about compromise and finding common ground," said incoming Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J....
  • Once More, President Obama Is Doing The Republicans’ Jobs For Them

    11/15/2014 12:05:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | November 15, 2014 | Rmuse
    There is an idiom that parents and employers likely put in practice when an important task has to be completed correctly; “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” President Obama certainly understands that sentiment with a slight variation; if the nation wants anything done at all, the President has to do it himself due to Republicans who have done nothing since January 2009. Sometime next week, after waiting patiently for Ted Cruz to order House Republicans to take up, and pass, the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform, the President will take action on immigration reform. The...
  • Democratic Rep: This Kaci Hickox dustup is just like the Terri Schiavo case

    10/30/2014 1:30:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 30, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    This clip confirms the extent to which condescension on the left has replaced efforts to convince those skeptical of the medical community’s assessment of Ebola’s communicability of their error. In an appearance on CNN on Thursday, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) sought to assure the viewing audience that everyone (including, presumably, the Democratic governors of California, New Hampshire, and New York) is overreacting to the threat of Ebola. When probed by anchor Carol Costello as to why the president’s freshly appointed “Ebola Czar,” Ron Klain, has not come out publicly and assured the nation that there is no medical need to...
  • Christie builds Iowa base

    10/25/2014 12:28:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | October 25, 2014 | Jesse Byrnes
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is returning to the early presidential caucus state of Iowa on Saturday where he is slated to speak at two events. The potential 2016 Republican presidential contender is scheduled to speak at a luncheon for Rep. Steve King's (R-Iowa) annual pheasant hunt north of Akron before keynoting a birthday fundraiser for Gov. Terry Branstad (R) in Clive. King's weekend hunt, held at the Hole ‘N the Wall Lodge, has in the past attracted potential Republican contenders such as Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pennsylvania) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Christie, who will...
  • Chris Christie Extremely Unpopular w/Working Class Republicans

    10/11/2014 4:05:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | October 11, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Turning out the working class white vote is crucial for the Republicans in 2016. Some are touting Chris Christie as the solution, but the Marsist-McClatchy poll suggests otherwise. Christie gets 17% of the vote for the $50,000 and over group among Republicans and those who lean that way, but only 5% for the $50,000 and unders. Those are extremely striking and shocking numbers. Christie is well known, especially after Sandy, so this can’t be a name recognition issue. It’s not a RINO issue either. Jeb Bush is at 18% among the under $50,000 and as 12% among the over $50,000....
  • Ted Cruz says Chris Christie would be 'another Rudy Giuliani' in 2016, report says

    10/08/2014 1:18:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | October 8, 2014 | Claude Brodesser-Akner
    Despite calls by party leaders for would-be presidential candidates keep the gloves on, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is privately disparaging Chris Christie as the “Rudy Giuliani of this cycle,” to donors, according to a new Politico report that suggests a particularly nasty fight among GOP candidates is brewing even before the start of the 2016 campaign season. The report, quoting multiple sources, noted that Cruz is making the comparison to potential donors as he tries to expand his appeal beyond conservative Tea Partiers and access the easy campaign cash the flows most readily to those candidates with the highest...
  • Chris Christie Can’t Beat Biden or Clinton In Poll of Right Wingers

    09/30/2014 2:12:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Blue Nation Review ^ | September 29, 2014 | Sarah Burris
    In the straw poll at the annual Values Voters Summit for right-wing Republicans, Democrats actually did well. In fact, some Democrats did better than some of the leading… Wait, what? Yup. You heard me right. Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Chris Christie, and 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton finished in a three-way tie. Behind them? New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. The GOP has such awful candidates that even their own most ardent supporters aren’t believers in half of their candidates including Chris Christie who is in the midst of an extended PR campaign stumping...
  • Nicolle Wallace Endorses Chris Christie: ‘His Politics Are…Progressive’

    09/23/2014 3:33:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 23, 2014 | Jeffrey Meyer
    On Tuesday morning, The View’s “conservative” co-host Nicolle Wallace gave a ringing endorsement for Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.) should he decide to run for president in 2016. Unfortunately for the New Jersey governor, her reasons for supporting him probably won’t help him win over many Republican primary voters. During a discussion about Chris Christie’s 2016 prospects, Wallace eagerly threw her hat in for the New Jersey Republican and proclaimed that “his politics are an interesting and progressive and modern swath of the country and I’d like to see him in.” (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The segment began with a discussion of Governor Christie’s weight...
  • Pat Buchanan: Romney Is Going To Run In 2016 ("Only cure for presidential fever is embalming fluid")

    09/07/2014 2:50:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | September 6, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Pat Buchanan predicted Mitt Romney will run for president on this weekend's broadcast of The McLaughlin Group. "There is no doubt Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Mitt Romney are in the establishment category or bracket that are headed for the finals," Buchanan said. "I think Mitt would come out first but I really don't see Bush as really having the drive or inner drive. And I think, then you get Mitt Romney against someone like a Cruz, or someone like that, and I think that would be the finals. And I think that Mitt has got it in his heart...
  • Chris Christie is poised to reclaim frontrunner status

    09/19/2014 9:59:15 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 73 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | September 19 at 1:41 PM | Robert Costa
    Influential Republicans in early presidential primary states believe New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is poised to once again become a frontrunner for the party’s 2016 nomination, following a news report that federal scrutiny of a bridge-closing scandal has not implicated him. “If he had been found in the wrong, he would have been irreparably damaged,” said Matt Moore, chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party. “This is hugely helpful.”
  • Chris Christie thinks Putin wouldn’t test him like he does Obama, and that’s driving liberals nuts

    09/03/2014 2:07:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 2, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    President Barack Obama’s impotent approach to the international crises proliferating around the globe has resulted in a bipartisan barrage of criticisms directed at him and his administration, and it’s all getting to be just too much to handle for Obama’s remaining supporters. The latest to offend the sensibilities of those for whom the Islamic State is a threat only to our ability to craft convincing moral equivalencies for their abhorrent acts is New Jersey governor and 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie. According to a report from New York Times journalist and Christie tracker Michael Barbaro, the governor had the...
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • Chris Christie’s Faking It on Gun Rights

    07/10/2014 11:15:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 10, 2014 | Olivia Nuzzi
    Twenty years before he killed a cap on magazine rounds, the Republican entered politics explicitly to fight for an assault-weapons ban and bullet limit. A gun control bill landed on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s desk on July 2, the same day that two parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, took to the Trenton State House to try to convince him to sign it. When Christie vetoed the bill instead—not even blinking at the pleas from the victims’ families—he sent a message to conservatives and gun-rights groups that he is still a...
  • Joe Scarborough slams Chris Christie on guns

    07/08/2014 5:53:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 8, 2014 | Jonathan Topaz
    Joe Scarborough on Tuesday slammed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s refusal to meet with the parents of the Sandy Hook shooting, calling his defense one of the “stupidest arguments” he’s ever heard. The Republican governor declined to meet with the families of children who were killed in the December 2012 shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, who wanted to discuss gun control legislation. Christie last week vetoed a state bill that would have banned ammunition magazines that held more than ten rounds. The governor said that it would have been “really hypocritical” to meet with the families who wanted...
  • Christie presidential rumblings have NJ politicos thinking about life after governor

    06/29/2014 7:04:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Times of Trenton ^ | June 29, 2014 | Matt Arco
    TRENTON — Democratic state Senate President Stephen Sweeney has been traveling all over the state, pitching his "Sandy Bill of Rights" bill — a tour many see as laying the groundwork for a run for governor. Republican lawmakers who never dared challenge Gov. Chris Christie this month openly opposed a series of tax and fee hikes in his budget, including a tax on e-cigarettes first proposed by the governor. Nobody knows if the Republican governor will prepare a White House run in the next year. But already, lawmakers from both parties have been staking claims and thinking of a post-Christie...
  • No, Jeb Bush won’t be president

    05/01/2014 1:29:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | April 30, 2014 | Joy-Ann Reid
    For Jeb Bush, who I believe really wants to be president, the theory of the case has always been this: At some point, his party, the Republicans, will break from the tea party. The angry fever that overtook the party when Barack Obama’s election produced its intended result: a universal healthcare bill, would break. And the movement, born on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to slag underwater homeowners, and harnessed by the GOP to break the spell of bipartisanship Obama rode into town on, would have so consumed the party base, that cooler heads within the party would...
  • CD3 GOP Primary: Lonegan Campaign would welcome Palin support (NEW JERSEY?!?)

    04/30/2014 3:24:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    PolitickerNJ ^ | April 30, 2014 | Max Pizarro
    On the same week that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin doubled down on waterboarding remarks she made, the campaign of CD3 GOP Primary candidate Steve Lonegan said it would welcome Palin in to campaign with the movement conservative candidate. “Darn right I’d do whatever it takes to foil [terrorists’] murderous jihadist plots – including waterboarding,” Palin, a Republican, wrote in a Facebook post Monday night, following up on controversial comments made last weekend at the annual National Rifle Association meeting in Indianapolis. “Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we’d baptize terrorists,” Palin told...
  • Christie to GOP: Reform Drug Sentencing and Be ‘Pro-Life After They Get Out of the Womb’

    04/17/2014 8:37:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 17, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivered a message to his fellow members of the Republican Party on Thursday: being pro-life means reforming America’s drug laws and criminal sentencing procedures. Christie has long advocated for drug treatment programs as a means of reforming the country’s prison system, but Christie took a new tactic on Thursday when he framed that advocacy as a pro-life argument. “I’m pro-life, and I believe strongly in the sanctity of life,” Christie told an audience in Jersey City on Thursday. Addressing his fellow Republican governors, Christie said that “it’s great to be pro-life, but you need to...
  • Ted Cruz vs. Rand Paul: A GOP road to nowhere

    03/18/2014 1:37:04 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | March 17, 2014 | Julian Zelizer
    Editor's note: Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of "Jimmy Carter" and "Governing America." (CNN) -- ...The weaknesses of both men—Cruz in terms of his style and Paul in terms of his rhetoric—point out how desperate the GOP is to find someone who can build a broad coalition, something that is essential for a presidential victory, particularly when Republicans will likely be facing a formidable candidate. The problems of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have been a huge blow to the party, and there are not many alternatives at...
  • Christie, Cruz and Paul — CPAC’s distinct trio

    03/12/2014 2:21:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 12, 2014 | Steve Deace
    Though Karl Rove, Ronald Reagan, and Barry Goldwater weren’t in attendance at the 2014 edition of the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, the contrasting visions each had for the Republican Party were well represented. Championing Rove’s cynical realpolitik wing that believes in winning simply for winning’s sake was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who essentially told the CPAC audience the GOP should keep doing what lost the last two presidential elections — but do it even worse. Showing he’s either out-of-touch with reality or really just a liberal, Christie even said Republicans have lost because they’ve been nominating candidates...
  • A super-early look at the 2016 N.H. GOP presidential primary

    02/27/2014 3:12:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Concord Monitor ^ | February 26, 2014
    Who’s likely to do well in New Hampshire’s 2016 first-in-the-nation presidential primary? It’s a preposterous question, here in 2014, but what the heck? We asked six experts to weigh in on some of the biggest political players. Our analysts are Wayne Lesperance, political science professor at New England College; Phil Boynton, president of the University of New Hampshire College Republicans; Peter Burling, Democratic national committeeman; Dante Scala, professor of political science at UNH; Jess Steever, vice president of the Plymouth State University Democrats; and Brandon Lemay, public relations officer for the PSU Democrats. Today, our panelists consider the Republicans. Tomorrow,...
  • Chris Christie and Rick Perry: 'They just don't like each other'

    02/07/2014 12:09:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 7, 2014 | Peter Hamby, National Political Reporter
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Dallas, Texas (CNN) -- In the afterglow of Chris Christie's smashing re-election win last November, a chorus of big-name Republicans heralded the charismatic New Jersey governor as the party's savior in 2016. Not everyone was so enamored. Just days after the election, Texas Gov. Rick Perry appeared on national television and poured cold water on Christie's impressive victory. "He was a successful governor in New Jersey," Perry said on ABC's "This Week." "Now does that transcend to the country? We'll see in later years and months to come. We're all different states. Is a conservative in New Jersey a conservative...
  • Trump says weighing run for America's top job, Christie hurt

    01/21/2014 5:02:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | January 21, 2014 | Richard Valdmanis
    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Outspoken real estate magnate Donald Trump said on Tuesday he may seek the Republican presidential nomination for 2016, adding that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's prospects for a White House run have dimmed since a scandal erupted. A run for the presidency "is something I would certainly look at," Trump told Reuters. "You know why? I'm unhappy with the way things are going in America." Trump gave the telephone interview before making a breakfast speech at the "Politics & Eggs" forum at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire - an event that tends to...
  • Republicans In Total Panic as Christie Falls 8 Points Behind Hillary Clinton (Are you worried?)

    01/21/2014 2:58:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 122 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | January 21, 2014 | Jason Easley
    The Republican Party put all of their 2016 eggs in the Christie basket. Now the basket has George Washington Bridge size hole, Hillary Clinton has opened up an 8 point lead and Republicans are panicking. The first whiff of GOP panic came from a recent New York Times story, Of all the new realities that Mr. Christie must confront, perhaps the most humbling is a sense of losing the momentum that surrounded him just a few months ago. Last year, the governor’s staff had begun building up his foreign policy bona fides, quietly reaching out to Brian H. Hook, a...
  • Joan Walsh: Forget 2016, Chris Christie may not even be governor much longer

    01/11/2014 7:25:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Salon ^ | January 9, 2014 | Joan Walsh, editor-at-large
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie strode to the microphones in Trenton Wednesday night and took an hour of reporters’ tough questions about a plot by staffers to punish Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor by snarling his city’s traffic for four days. Penitent, occasionally defiant, Christie insisted he didn’t know about the scheme. But he said he took full responsibility for the scandal, apologized to the citizens of Fort Lee and promised to get to the bottom of what happened. Oh wait. That’s not what Christie did at all. The famously fearless governor canceled his one public appearance of the day, ignored...
  • Democratic Ambulance Chaser Files Class Action Lawsuit over Traffic Jam (Krispie's Bridgegate)

    01/10/2014 4:00:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | January 10, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Democratic Party donor Rosemarie Arnold boasts that she’s the “Queen of Torts” based on a history of filing suits like a $30 million dollar dog bite lawsuit. Other attorneys don’t seem to think too highly of the Queen of Torts and her tactics. Which brings us back to Rosemarie Arnold and her claim on behalf of the child that he suffered a $30M injury to his ear. There are only two reasons for Ms. Arnold to do this: 1. The Queen of Torts is actually ignorant of the law; or 2. Rosmarie Arnold willfully elected to ignore the law, in...
  • The first big-name Republican to attack Christie over Bridgegate is … Lindsey Graham?

    01/09/2014 5:28:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 9, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Perfectly rational in one sense, deeply surprising in another. And not just for the obvious “RINO versus RINO” reasons. How the heck did Rand Paul lose the “bash Christie” sweepstakes to Lindsey Graham? “It seems to me that this whole bridge thing reinforces a narrative that’s troublesome about the guy, he’s kind of a bully,” Graham told NBC News on Thursday on Capitol Hill, referring to the scandal over land closures on the George Washington Bridge that’s engulfed Christie over the past two days… “If anybody in my office had done such a thing, they knew what their fate would...
  • Peter King Says He May Run for President to Save the GOP from Cruz and Paul

    12/31/2013 2:57:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | December 24, 2013 | Bridget Johnson
    Former Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said he’s still pondering a run for the White House because he doesn’t want Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) define the GOP. King, who’s made five trips up to early primary state New Hampshire and admitted in July that he’s toying with the idea of a presidential campaign, told MSNBC he hasn’t made up his mind yet and his decision should come “sometime next year, either next year or the beginning of 2015.” “Again, I’ve been up there five times. I am looking at it. People are talking...
  • Christie’s tea-party problem (Mind-numbingly wrong)

    12/15/2013 2:50:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 11, 2013 | Richard Cohen
    The day after Chris Christie, the cuddly moderate conservative, won a landslide reelection as the Republican governor of Democratic New Jersey, I took the Internet Express out to Iowa, surveying its various newspapers, blogs and such to see how he might do in the GOP caucuses, won last time by Rick Santorum, neither cuddly nor moderate. Superstorm Sandy put Christie on the map. The winter snows of Iowa could bury him. From a Web site called the Iowa Republican, I learned that part of the problem with John McCain and Mitt Romney, seriatim losers to Barack Obama, “is they were...
  • Why a Mike Huckabee presidential run is Chris Christie's worst nightmare

    12/13/2013 1:36:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Week ^ | December 13, 2013 | Jon Terbush, Boston-based columnist
    Mike Huckabee sat out the 2012 election, but he may be game in 2016. The former Arkansas governor — who won the 2008 Iowa caucuses and emerged as the strongest challenger to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the race to capture the GOP nomination — ended his daily radio show Thursday and said he was considering another run at the White House. "I'm keeping the door open," he told the New York Times. "I think right now the focus needs to be on 2014, but I'm mindful of the fact that there's a real opportunity for me." Huckabee hasn't been...
  • Christie has tested and trusted team ready if he runs for White House

    12/02/2013 10:43:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Bergen Record ^ | December 2, 2013 | Melissa Hayes and John Reitmeyer
    One is a trusted friend, with decades of national campaign experience. Another is a media consultant who worked on six of the last seven presidential races. Then there’s a trio of strategy and communications experts who have been together since George W. Bush’s 2004 run for the White House. What they have in common are deep-seated relationships with Governor Christie and connections that reach across the country. They form the nucleus of a political team so tight and loyal to the governor, that it’s difficult to get them to talk about anything – even their success in helping him win...
  • 5 Reasons Sarah Palin Not Supporting Chris Christie

    11/14/2013 1:20:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    New Jersey Newsroom ^ | November 13, 2013 | Bob Holt
    Former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin took time out from her book tour to offer her thoughts on the 2016 presidential election. Governor Chris Christie is considered the Republican frontrunner in some circles, but Palin isn’t in his corner. She says the Party doesn’t have to “settle” for any particular candidate. Palin said in a Fox News interview, according to Politico, “We certainly don’t have to settle for any candidate that would go along with an agenda that stifles our economy and would strip any of our freedoms that are constitutionally protected.” Also, in an interview with...
  • Honest: Would You Rather Win with Chris Christie or Lose with Ted Cruz?

    11/12/2013 5:18:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 147 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | November 12, 2013 | Bernard Goldberg
    Those sophisticates at Time magazine made a funny. They put Chris Christie on their cover with the headline, "The Elephant in the Room." Get it? Elephant. Christie. Time magazine did a junior high fat joke right there on its cover. Time's executive editor Michael Duffy explained the cheap shot this way: "Well, he's obviously a big guy. He's obviously a big Republican. But he's also done a really huge thing here this week." The "huge thing" wasn't only winning re-election as New Jersey's governor, but doing it by appealing to a broad range of voters in a very blue state...
  • Sarah Palin on Chris Christie: No need to settle

    11/12/2013 3:30:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 12, 2013 | Lucy McCalmont
    Sarah Palin continues to withhold resounding support for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in 2016, saying Republicans don’t have to “settle” for candidates. “We certainly though don’t have to settle for any candidate, any politician that would go along to get along with an agenda that stifles our economy and would strip any of our freedoms that are constitutionally protected,” Palin said Monday on Fox News’s “Hannity,” when asked about the GOP establishment saying Christie is the only Republican candidate who could win the presidency in 2016. Palin said “those establishment people have been quite wrong, it seems, especially in...
  • Dems: Christie can be beaten

    11/11/2013 5:26:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | November 11, 2013 | Niall Stanage
    Democrats insist they can thwart Chris Christie (R) if he seeks the White House in 2016, despite the broad appeal he showed in winning reelection last week. Even though the New Jersey governor secured more than 60 percent of the votes against state Sen. Barbara Buono (D), Democratic strategists in the Garden State and beyond believe he has vulnerabilities they could exploit in a national election. Above all, they assert that Christie’s famously combative style could result in a loss of self-control during the heat of a presidential campaign. Steve Elmendorf, who served as deputy campaign manager for then-Sen. John...
  • Rick Perry Ask the Right Question About Christie’s Appeal to Conservatives

    11/10/2013 6:28:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | November 10, 2013 | Rick Moran
    Governor Rick Perry was in Iowa this weekend and during an interview on ABC’s This Week, he raised the $64,000 question about a potential Chris Christie presidential candidacy: Gov. Rick Perry of Texas credited Chris Christie for his re-election in New Jersey, but he pointedly questioned whether the 22-point victory by Christie held any greater meaning for the Republican Party. “Is a conservative in New Jersey a conservative in the rest of the country?” Perry said in an interview with “This Week.” “We’ll have that discussion at the appropriate time.” As he made his first visit back to Iowa since...
  • Chris Christie, my favorite Republican. . . for now (Should one write if they can't spell?)

    11/09/2013 5:52:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Examiner ^ | November 9, 2013 | Russell Allyn, LA Progressive Examiner
    It is no wonder that with Christie’s 22.5 point reelection victory in the New Jersey governor’s race on Tuesday the national press has christened him a star. Other than Christie, there is not one political adult being mentioned as a serious candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential primaries. Rand Paul values property rights over civil rights, which should be reversed. Ted Cruz wants to close the federal government and seal the boarder from immigrants, which is odd for a Canadian. And Rick Santorum. Enough said. Truth be told, the GOP has not fielded many attractive candidates of late. ---snip--- Here...
  • When moderates fight back: GOP civil war could be brutal in 2014 elections

    11/07/2013 5:08:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | November 7, 2013 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There's a fight brewing and it could get ugly. In one corner is the Republican Party. And in the other ... the Republican Party. The stakes could not be higher. The GOP has failed to get a majority of Americans to vote for its presidential candidates in five of the last six elections. And Tuesday night's gubernatorial races -- a win in New Jersey and loss in Virginia -- sent confusing signals, at best, about where the party is headed. The fight spilled out into the open in a race for Alabama's 1st Congressional District, with two Republicans the face...
  • After Tuesday, it's time for the tea party to leave (Don't they wish?!)

    11/07/2013 1:38:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Star Ledger ^ | November 7, 2013 | Paul Mulshine
    A lot of people are pronouncing the tea party movement dead after Tuesday’s election results. Goodbye and good riddance. The tea party movement was fun for a while. But before long it was taken over by know-it-alls and knuckleheads. If you doubt that, consider all of those partiers who like to say that the "tea" in "tea party" stands for "Taxed Enough Already." This is what is known as a "backronym." A backronym is formed when someone takes a perfectly good English word and tries to treat it as if it were an acronym. Every time I mention the slang...
  • With big win, Christie set to wield power on national stage (New chairman Nat'l GOP governors)

    11/06/2013 2:36:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Cranford Chronicle ^ | November 6, 2013 | Jenna Portnoy
    A big win in a big blue state — there are few things that make sweeter music for the fractured Republican Party these days. But many political observers say there is even more to what happened tonight than that. Last year, Chris Christie was elected chairman of the Republican Governors Association and he officially takes over that post in Arizona in 15 days. It’s a position with a high national profile, money to spread around and a bully pulpit. So, in way, Christie’s power just doubled. Friends of Christie and people who have watched him in action the past year...
  • A Christie victory could transform national Republican Party (RINOs and CINOs unite!)

    11/05/2013 2:41:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 4, 2013 | Seth McLaughlin
    Move to the right or try to pull the GOP away from the tea party and toward the center? That is the question Gov. Chris Christie will face if he trounces his way to victory Tuesday in New Jersey’s gubernatorial race and turns his attention to the prospect of a 2016 presidential bid. Some Republicans watching the final stages of the governor’s race say a decisive Christie win will send a message to the national party that the GOP can triumph without catering to the far right. Polls show Mr. Christie, who opposed the partial federal government shutdown last month,...
  • The Ghost of Mitt Romney Returns

    11/03/2013 2:44:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Atlantic Wire ^ | November 3, 2013 | Connor Simpson
    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney returned to the Sunday shows almost exactly one year since he lost the election to Barack Obama, only to attack the President and call his second term into question. The former Republican politician wasted no time attacking the President over his rocky Obamacare roll out during his appearance on NBC's Meet the Press. "The president failed to learn the lessons that came from the experience in Massachusetts," Romney said, repeating that he thinks a state-by-state healthcare plan would work better. Romney then launched into a greater attack on the President's "you can keep your...
  • At Least One Voter Thought Chris Christie Was Too Fat: Mitt Romney

    11/01/2013 10:37:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Atlantic Wire ^ | November 2, 2013 | Philip Bump
    According to excerpts from the book Double Down, Mitt Romney seriously considered choosing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as his 2012 running mate. But he didn't, in part because Christie is overweight. Cool leadership, Mitt. The Washington Post got an early copy of the book, and notes several not-very-subtle ways in which the Romney camp made an issue of Christie's weight. For example, according to the Post, Romney's VP vetters engaged in the age-old tradition of blowing their work way out of proportion by pretending it was a high-level intelligence operation. But, man, did they do a lame job of...
  • What impact will the election results have on Tea Party and GOP?

    10/19/2013 10:34:05 PM PDT · by granada · 12 replies
    If a Democrat wins in Virginia, Chris Christie wins in New Jersey........ The polls indicate so called "moderate democrat" will get redstate Virginia, and so called "moderate republican" will survive in a bluestate.
  • Booker and Christie bond over groundbreaking of Newark ShopRite

    10/18/2013 2:09:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | October 18, 2013 | David Giambusso
    NEWARK — It was a “kumbaya” moment for Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Gov. Chris Christie, but one that will have a lasting impression in Newark. Despite being on opposing sides during Booker’s victorious U.S. Senate run against Republican Steve Lonegan, the two men once again touted their bipartisan alliance Thursday with the groundbreaking of the Springfield Avenue Marketplace, a $94 million retail and housing complex that includes a 66,000 square-foot ShopRite supermarket along one of Newark’s most troubled corridors. “This is not because of a mayor. It really is because of great leadership on many different fronts,” Booker said,...
  • Three Ways to Help Sarah Palin Get Steve Lonegan to the U.S. Senate!

    10/13/2013 11:16:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | October 13, 2013 | Isabel Matos
    1) We can contribute to the Lonegan campaign HERE. ( https://loneganforsenate.com/secure-contribution.php ) 2) Anyone living in or close to New Jersey can GET INVOLVED HERE. ( http://www.loneganforsenate.com/volunteer-sign-up/ ) 3) Anyone with a telephone can volunteer to make calls from home HERE. ( https://www.loneganforsenate.com/phonefromhome/ ) Sarah wrote on Facebook today: The momentum is on Steve Lonegan’s side coming into next Wednesday’s election in New Jersey! Please visit Steve’s website to find ways to help out. It was such an honor to rally for Steve yesterday in NJ. Thank you again to everyone who came to join us – including “The Great...
  • Palin endorses Lonegan for Senate

    10/02/2013 9:04:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 2, 2013 | Jonathan Tamari
    Sarah Palin, former Republican vice presidential candidate and a prominent voice of the right, has endorsed New Jersey U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan, his campaign announced Wednesday night. Palin's endorsement took aim at Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the Democratic candidate, who leads in polls. She said unemployment, taxes, and violent crime all have grown during Booker's term in office. "In fairness, [he] may not have noticed these facts between his constant tweeting and trips to Hollywood," Palin said in a statement released by the Lonegan campaign. She praised Lonegan for cutting taxes as mayor of Bogota and his work as...
  • Chris Christie Inducted into CAIR's 'Best List' for Fighting 'Islamophobia'

    09/20/2013 9:55:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 20, 2013 | Kerry Picket
    The Council on the American Islamic Relations (CAIR) excoriated many of its critics in their "Islamophobia" report, but the group also had a "Best List Inductees" which included New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. CAIR says the list was compiled as a way to recognize those who "deserve recognition for their outstanding contributions to pushing back against Islamophobic trends in 2011 and 2012." The report says Christie is receiving the accolade primarily for his nomination of a Muslim judge and statements in the ensuing controversy: Following Islamophobic criticism of his nomination of Sohail Mohammed as a New Jersey Superior Court judge,...
  • October 16th: rare opportunity to win one for we the people (Booker vs Lonegan NJ Senate race)

    08/31/2013 3:16:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | August 31, 2013 | Lloyd Marcus
    Dear Patriots. Though apprehensive upon hearing Obama tell Joe the Plumber that he wanted to spread the wealth around, I understand America’s extremely emotional response to electing its first black president. White America naively thought, finally, we can never be called a racist nation again. My 100 year old black grandmother wept. Never in her wildest dreams could she imagine a colored man sitting in the president’s chair in the Oval Office. But little did America realize that the beautiful articulate shiny golden black man that they opened the gates of our country and housed in the White House was...