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  • Christie touting his conservative bona fides

    07/26/2015 3:25:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Bergen Record ^ | July 26, 2015 | Melissa Hays, State House Bureau
    Governor Christie spent the past week on the campaign trail hitting key issues that are popular with the conservative voters who likely hold the key to his success as a Republican candidate for president. His tour through the early voting states, which includes return trips to New Hampshire and Iowa this week, comes as his campaign and a super PAC supporting his candidacy are spending a combined $1 million to run political ads nationally on Fox News that show Christie criticizing President Obama over the Iran nuclear deal, just as the next round of horse-race polls are being conducted. The...
  • Sanders: 'Very easy to raise the flag,' hard to support veterans benefits

    07/18/2015 3:35:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 18, 2015 | Ariel Cohen
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Bernie Sanders told veterans in Iowa Friday that unlike some other politicians, he doesn't pay lip service to their concerns. "It is very easy to raise the flag at a troop deployment, it is very easy for a politician to give a moving speech on Veterans Day," Sanders said. "But it is very hard to go down that long road with the men and women who served and make sure that they continue to get all the benefits, all the healthcare, that they are entitled to for the rest of their lives." The Vermont senator told...
  • Free Republic STRAW POLL (July 2015 Edition)

    07/16/2015 9:41:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 125 replies
    FreeRepublic | July 16, 2015 | 2ndDivisionVet
    If you had to vote in your state primary/caucus today, knowing what you know now about the various declared and probable candidates, who would you vote for? Why? Who would you like to see as the running mate for your preferred candidate? If you could help staff your candidates cabinet and other top appointments, who would you choose? If you could recommend different congressional leaders than we have now, who would they be? And who would you like to see on the Supreme Court and why? And finally, feel free to donate to Free Republic.
  • Ted Cruz To Chris Christie: Your “Oppo Research Guys” Got The Facts Wrong When You Attacked Me

    07/07/2015 6:52:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Buzzfeed News ^ | July 7, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski and Ilan Ben-Meir
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said Tuesday that fellow candidate Chris Christie’s “oppo research guys” got their facts wrong when the New Jersey governor attacked Cruz during a Fox News appearance. Christie, addressing comments Cruz made about not believing in “Republican-on Republican violence,” said on Fox News Monday that he didn’t “need to be lectured by Ted Cruz.” Cruz made those comments when asked to comment on Donald Trump’s controversial remarks on Mexican immigrants. “I find it ironic that Ted Cruz is giving lectures on Republican-on-Republican violence,” the New Jersey governor said on Fox News Monday. “The guy who put...
  • Christie ranks last among 2016 Republican candidates in NJ.com user straw poll

    07/07/2015 9:14:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Hunterdon County Democrat ^ | July 6, 2015 | Brent Johnson
    TRENTON — Last week, we asked NJ.com users to rank the crowded field of candidates vying for the 2016 Republican nomination for president in an informal straw poll — and they placed their own governor last. Gov. Chris Christie fell at the bottom of the 14 contenders who have officially declared their candidacy. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush finished first. See the full chart below. If you rank the candidates by up votes, Christie would be No. 6. But he received the most down votes by far of any candidate, dropping him to the bottom. This poll is unscientific, but...
  • Christie insists his N.J. polls will improve in 2016, 'after I am the nominee'

    07/07/2015 8:57:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Times of Trenton ^ | July 6, 2015 | Claude Brodesser-Akner
    TRENTON — A defiant Gov. Chris Christie appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to defend his badly listing New Jersey job approval polls as the effect of incessant media attacks, rather than his true record. Asked why his job approval dropped from 70 plus percentage ratings to the current 36 percent low, Christie answered, "How 'bout nightly specials on this network, for like, five months, calling me Attila the Hun? How 'bout relentless attacks from the New York Times and the media?" However, he also acknowledged the negative effect that his decision to seek the GOP 2016 nomination was taking. "Then,"...
  • Rubios and Christies join the Romneys for a slumber party in N.H.

    07/04/2015 1:11:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times' The Buzz ^ | July 3, 2015 | Ron Brackett
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and his wife, Jeanette, will join New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Christie's wife, Mary Pat, tonight at the Romney estate on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, the Washington Post reports. The two couples will be overnight guests of Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at his 11-acre estate in Wolfeboro, N.H., the Post said. The newspaper quoted an unnamed Romney aide as saying the former GOP presidential candidate heard the Rubios and the Christies would be in Wolfeboro for the holiday weekend, so he invited them to spend the evening with him and his wife, Ann....
  • Why Chris Christie is smart to wave the white flag on gay marriage

    07/02/2015 10:48:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 2, 2015 | Amber Phillips
    After the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, many Republican 2016 candidates tacked to the right, vowing to fight for religious freedom next. Everyone from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee promised social conservatives they'd use their increasingly limited means to prevent religiously conservative government employees from being forced to issue same-sex marriage licenses, or to grant protections for religiously conservative wedding photographers from having to shoot a same-sex wedding. Let them fight over those folks, says Chris Christie. And he might be onto something. At a New Hampshire town hall Wednesday night, the New Jersey Republican...
  • 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination

    06/22/2015 12:22:05 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 35 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 06/18/2015 | RCP
    Real Clear Politics Average as of 6/18/2015 12.7 Bush 11.7 Walker 10.7 Rubio 9.7 Carson 8.7 Huckabee 8.0 Paul 6.5 Cruz 4.5 Christie 3.5 Perry 3.2 Trump
  • Scoop: 25 questions the Koch brothers want every 2016 candidate to answer

    06/18/2015 6:38:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | June 18, 2015 | James Hohmann
    Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the funding arm of the political network backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, wants a lot more hard information from the crowded field of presidential contenders before deciding what to do with its considerable resources. The group is pressing every 2016 candidate to detail on the record their plans for economic growth, deficit reduction, entitlement reform, criminal justice and even foreign policy. The tax-exempt entity, a key node in a constellation of conservative entities that aims to spend $889 million before the next White House election, distributed a detailed survey Thursday to...
  • Monday’s Campaign Round-Up, 6.8.15

    06/08/2015 2:18:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show ^ | June 8, 2015 | Steve Benen
    Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers: * Hillary Clinton didn’t explicitly endorse a $15 minimum wage, but she nevertheless made a surprise call yesterday to a convention of fast-food workers who are rallying for the cause. The Democrat declared, “I want to be your champion.” * On “Face the Nation” yesterday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) reiterated his support for a federal crackdown on states that legalized marijuana. Asked if he would “go after” state experiments, and prohibit the legal use of...
  • Ex-Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan to head up Cruz presidential campaign in N.J.

    06/08/2015 1:36:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Bergen Record ^ | June 8, 2015 | Herb Jackson, Washington correspondent
    Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, a conservative activist who ran unsuccessfully for governor, House and Senate, will be New Jersey chairman of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign. In a news release, Cruz called Lonegan “a tireless advocate for taxpayers” and said he knows New Jersey politics. Lonegan, a former state director for Americans for Prosperity, said his duties include raising money and putting together a slate of delegates who would run in the 2016 primary pledged to Cruz. He praised Cruz’s unsuccessful effort to force a repeal of the health insurance law commonly called Obamacare through a partial shutdown...
  • Christie betting 2016 presidential hopes on town halls, a strong suit, to connect with voters

    06/07/2015 9:39:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | June 7, 2015 | Jill Colvin, The Associated Press
    GREENVILLE, S.C. — If Chris Christie runs for president, there's little doubt people will see plenty of the town halls the New Jersey governor is known for. That anything-goes format is his comfort zone, and voters tend to like it. Christie spent hours answering questions at two town hall-style events during the past week in South Carolina — one planned, the other an impromptu session in the back room of a bar. He'll be doing the same in Iowa in the days ahead....
  • With 4 percent, Christie barely remains in top 10 in CNN 2016 poll

    06/03/2015 8:50:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | June 3, 2015 | Jonathan Salant
    Gov. Chris Christie dropped to ninth place in the latest CNN/ORC International poll of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates. That's important because both Fox News and CNN indicated that they would invite the top 10 Republican candidates in opinion polls to debate, though CNN said it also would have a separate session with those lower in the surveys. Christie is just two percentage points from 12th place in this latest survey. Here's how the candidates placed in the survey of adults who said they were Republicans or who leaned Republican: 1. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, 14 percent 2....
  • What I learned about Bernie Sanders

    06/01/2015 5:35:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Socialist Worker ^ | June 1, 2015 | Kristen Martin
    Kristen Martin recalls her time as an intern for Bernie Sanders, in a contribution to the left's discussion of Sanders' campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.TO THOSE who have spent any significant amount of time in Vermont, it is clear that Bernie Sanders is widely beloved by his constituents. The support for "Bernie," as his supporters fondly call him, was clear on May 26 as thousands flocked to Sanders' presidential campaign kickoff rally on the edge of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. The "People's Assembly," organized by a group including former Occupy Wall Street activists and environmentalists, spoke to a...
  • Bob Dole on 2016 Republican presidential nomination: 'I think it's going to be a governor'

    05/31/2015 2:36:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | May 31, 2015 | Justin Wingerter
    Former U.S. senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole believes a governor, not a senator, will win the 2016 Republican nomination for president. “I think it’s going to be a governor,” Dole said Thursday after a commemorative event at Forbes Field. “I don’t know which one.” Two former governors have announced they will seek the Republican nomination: Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, and George Pataki, former governor of New York. Several other current and former governors are considering a presidential run, including Jeb Bush, of Florida; Rick Perry, of Texas; Scott Walker, of Wisconsin; Chris Christie, of New Jersey;...
  • The coming Chris Christie boom

    05/27/2015 9:31:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 26, 2015 | Timothy P. Carney, senior political columnist
    Sometime between now and the Republican nomination, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will enjoy a rally in the polls — nationally, and maybe in New Hampshire. Maybe the first debates will provide the Christie boom. Maybe he'll master the town halls in the Granite State. There's also a decent chance the boom will be fleeting. But if you write off Christie after his fall from front-runner status in 2013, you're making a mistake. By no definition is Chris Christie the current Republican front-runner. He hasn't led in a poll since last July. His RealClearPolitics polling average puts him in 7th...
  • Who Wins In A Supersized G.O.P. Presidential Nomination Race? (Guess who he means?)

    05/24/2015 2:45:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Moderate Voice ^ | May 24, 2015 | John McCarthy
    Why Chris Christie Will Be The Next POTUS A Super Tuesday Away From Double Digits The View From The U.S. Virgin IslandsThe eighteen Republicans running for president in 2016 are wise to try to make foreign policy the lead issue in the next POTUS election. Not because Hillary Clinton is especially vulnerable on Benghazi, but because what most people would consider to be her strong suit – foreign policy due to her four years as Secretary of State – is actually her biggest weakness. If you had to put one person from the United States in a locked room with...
  • Republican presidential hopefuls heading to Oklahoma City this week

    05/16/2015 10:13:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    NewsOK ^ | May 17, 2015 | Chris Casteel and Randy Ellis
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The road to the White House goes through downtown Oklahoma City this week as hopefuls in the crowded Republican field audition on a stage ideally suited for their messages about military power, religious liberty and energy independence. Eleven Republicans with presidential aspirations — including some who have not officially declared their candidacy — will speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, which begins at the Cox Convention Center on Thursday and ends Saturday with the release of a straw poll. “This is a huge event for Oklahoma City,” said Gov. Mary Fallin, who will address the conference and introduce some...
  • The Field Is Flat: Recent polls make clear how many candidates could plausibly win GOP nomination.

    05/15/2015 11:12:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 16, 2015 | Charlie Cook
    The field for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is as flat as any in modern memory—pretty remarkable for a party that usually has a fight but almost invariably ends up nominating whoever's turn it is. While nomination trial-heat polling tells us very little this early, there are some poll questions that are better measurements of at least where these candidates are starting out, before the campaigning, debates, and advertising begin in earnest.An April 26 to April 30 NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll asked Republican primary voters whether they could or could not see themselves voting for each of 10 different...
  • Too Many Candidates

    05/11/2015 10:19:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | May 11, 2015 | Howie Carr, The Boston Herald
    The former governor of Florida, John (or as he prefers to be called, Juan) Ellis Bush, doesn't appear to have a lot of support among Republicans, as opposed to Republicans in Name Only (RINOs), who absolutely adore him. But Juan isn't sweating it. He's rolling in dough, and more importantly, he's rolling in opponents. Have you ever heard of a "straw" candidate? When you have a weak front-runner that can't reach 50 percent, often a third, or a fourth, or even a fifth candidate suddenly jumps into the race. If he has a name similar to that of the strongest...
  • Elizabeth Warren Channels Ted Cruz on ‘Cromnibus’

    12/10/2014 6:37:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Roll Call's #WGDB Blog ^ | December 10, 2014 | Niels Lesniewski and Humberto Sanchez
    One of the Senate’s leading liberals is borrowing a page from the playbook of Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is pushing to strike out language from the “cromnibus” spending bill unveiled Tuesday that would roll back restrictions on “swaps” transactions included in the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul known as Dodd-Frank. Repealing the “push-out” provision would mean that certain derivatives could again be held in bank units with federal deposit insurance. Using a strategy sometimes employed by Cruz for entirely different policy reasons, Warren said that with the $1.013 trillion spending package first being considered by the...
  • Hillary Couldn't Afford To Wait

    04/12/2015 2:55:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 11, 2015 | David Freedlander
    Hillary launches her campaign on Sunday – and, some Dems say, it’s about damn time.At long last, the campaign has a candidate. After playing one of the more tedious games of cat and mouse in recent American political history, Hillary Clinton stands now ready to admit that she is what she has been for the last two years: an actual contender for the Democratic nomination for president. The announcement comes as Democrats in DC have fretted that without an organized infrastructure Clinton has been a glutton for Republican attacks, and ill-equipped to respond to the news of the moment, whether...
  • Why Won't Rand Paul and Chris Christie Take a Position on Indiana's "Religious Freedom" Law?

    04/01/2015 10:15:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New Republic ^ | April 1, 2015 | Danny Vinik
    Nearly a week since Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), igniting a nationwide debate about whether the controversial law invites discrimination based on sexual orientation, most potential Republican presidential candidates have taken the opportunity to bolster their conservative credentials. "Governor Pence has done the right thing," said former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on Monday. “I want to commend Governor Mike Pence for his support of religious freedom, especially in the face of fierce opposition,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz said in a written statement. “Governor Pence is holding the line to protect religious liberty in the...
  • The “Rand Paul Isn’t Running” Story Is Bogus … But Brilliant: But Who Is Spreading It?

    04/03/2015 5:24:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    FITS News ^ | April 3, 2015 | Staff
    U.S. Senator Rand Paul is running for president … in fact, he announces his candidacy next week in Louisville, Kentucky. From there he travels to early voting Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina – including a big fundraiser in the Palmetto State the day after he announces. As we write this, money is being collected. Speeches are being vetted. He’s 100 percent in … and not only that, Paul is one of the few candidates in the race with (we believe) a path to victory. And one of the few candidates (we believe) to be worthy of real consideration. Is...
  • Could Chris Christie appoint himself to the US Senate? Yes, he can

    04/02/2015 5:10:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    KPCC-FM ^ | April 2, 2015 | Domenico Montanaro, NPR
    Thought exercise: What if the indictment of Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez ... could once again potentially place an appointment of a U.S. senator in the hands of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie? To trigger this scenario, Menendez, who was indicted Wednesday on corruption charges, would first have to step down or be convicted. Menendez has given no indication he's going anywhere. Then again, stranger things have happened. Consider why Christie might want to think about appointing himself IF a Senate seat were to be vacated: 1.He's term-limited as governor. He can't run again after serving two consecutive terms; and 2.His...
  • So Far, Christie Silent on Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws

    03/31/2015 5:10:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Politicker New Jersey ^ | March 31, 2015 | Kevin B. Sanders
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence swatted a hornet’s nest when he signed a bill that detractors say would allow Hoosier State businesses to deny services to gay and lesbian couples. Amid threats to boycott Indiana businesses and cancel conventions, Pence is, according to news reports, “working with legislators to amend the law and ‘clarify’ that it does not promote discrimination.” Already, Salesforce.com said it would cancel its corporate travel there and hometown hero Bill Oesterle, the CEO of Angie’s List—a Republican who chaired Pence’s predecessor Mitch Daniels’ 2004 race— said that his crowd sourcing recommendation company will scuttle a deal with...
  • Gabby Giffords Visits Chris Christie to Push Firearm Confiscation Laws

    03/18/2015 8:53:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | March 18, 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On March 18, gun control proponent Gabby Giffords met with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) to discuss new firearm confiscation laws for the state. In August, Breitbart News reported that Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS)—the gun control group founded by Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly—began pushing temporary confiscation as part of its bid to find something that would resonate with the American people and give the group some traction. At that time, the Arizona Republic reported that ARS was pushing for “Gun Violence Restraining Orders” which would “authorize law enforcement to remove access to guns, with court oversight...
  • The Early Betting Lines for 2016: What the nation’s top horse race looks like now.

    03/06/2015 11:24:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 7, 2015 | Charlie Cook
    A question I often am asked is: "Who would you bet on to win the presidency?" Personally, I don't bet on politics, but here's my current take on the 2016 presidential race—with, of course, the caveat that we don't know which campaigns will turn out the best in terms of organization, strategy, tactics, or execution, much less which candidates will step on land mines along the way. The Democratic nomination appears fairly straightforward. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now the prohibitive favorite. If her early stumbles during her book tour, or remarks like the one she made about...
  • And the next President is...

    02/07/2015 4:57:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 7, 2015 | Robert Potts
    Based on historical patterns, the next president is likely to be a GenXer. This is not good news for the many baby boomers running, or thinking about running, in 2016. When voters decide it is time to move the presidency on to the next generation, they keep electing presidents in that next generation, or they go on to the one that follows. They do not go back. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were from the baby boomer generation. Barack Obama is from the Gen X generation (those born 1961 to 1981). If the pattern holds, the next president will...
  • Peter King Running For President To Block Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio And Rand Paul

    02/01/2015 10:45:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Spreadit ^ | February 1, 2015 | Garrett Montgomery
    Peter King running for president in order to prevent other Republicans from winning the 2016 election. In numerous interviews, Congressman Peter King from New York has confirmed that his main reason for entering the presidential race is to serve as an obstacle to conservatives like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul.Peter King running for president not because he thinks he can make it to the White House, but because he wants to stop several Republicans from becoming the most powerful leader in the world. For over two years now, Mr Peter Thomas King, who is the U.S. Representative for...
  • Hotline's GOP Presidential Power Rankings: Bush and Rubio Have Early Lead

    01/04/2015 7:56:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 4, 2015 | Tim Alberta, Scott Bland, Shane Goldmacher, Josh Kraushaar, Alex Roarty and Adam Wollner
    From the first day of 2011, Mitt Romney was the favorite to win the 2012 Republican presidential primary campaign. No one else was even close. The 2016 outlook could not be more different. Offered the choice to bet on one single candidate to win the nomination versus the rest of the field, the choice would have to be "the field." For the first time in years, there is no one next in line. And without a former vice president or powerhouse former candidate looking likely to run, Republicans are shaping up to spend the next year and a half fighting...
  • Bush, Romney, Cruz, Paul, Perry or ?

    12/29/2014 2:35:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 29, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    Since forming a presidential exploratory committee earlier this month, Jeb Bush is being considered a serious Republican candidate for president. But as George Will astutely pointed out last week, Bush has two significant hurdles; his support for Common Core and immigration reform. Will correctly points out that his support for the latter is far more nuanced than people understand. Bush does not advocate for more immigration through family reunification, which is the agenda of radical immigration activists, but instead for meeting employment needs, and he supports a path to legal status instead of citizenship. However, his support for Common Core...
  • Republicans have deep bench for 2016; Democrats have, at best, two …

    12/28/2014 5:13:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 28, 2014 | Joseph Curl
    On Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Daily Beast contributor Kristen Soltis Anderson made an amazing statement. She said Republicans “understand that they need to start cultivating new and fresh talent.” Fascinating. Because the GOP has been cultivating new and fresh talent for years now and is — finally — poised to look to a whole new generation of Republican leaders, quite possibly starting with the 2017 occupant of the White House. The past few election cycles have been grim. The Republican Party went with Sen. John McCain because, well, it was his turn (just like in 1996 with Sen. Bob...
  • Shock poll: Jeb Bush is choice of conservatives, Romney is establishment pick

    12/26/2014 11:20:36 AM PST · by entropy12 · 196 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 · 68 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...