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A regular blog that keeps tabs on the activities and fortunes of our renowned Governor, Chris Christie.
The Nine Political Lives of Chris Christie
Matt Katz | July 15, 2016

Chris Christie suffered another political death Friday, losing a chance to become the vice presidential nominee. But Christie has resurrected himself before, and by our count he has one more life left. Here's a rundown: 

1) Christie lost his very first election, in junior high school, by two votes. The reason? He didn’t vote for himself, representing a two-vote swing. Lesson learned. Young Chris won his next five elections -- class president in 10th, 11th and 12th grades; then student body president at the University of Delaware; and finally, for his first public office, freeholder in Morris County.

2) Christie was sued for defamation in that first successful campaign for office -- and then sued again for defamation during his term in office. He angered local Republicans with his break-the-china approach to governing, and was ousted after a single term.

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Mentor to Gov. Chris Christie to Appear in Federal Court
Matt Katz | July 14, 2016

One of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s closest friends and long-time mentors is expected to appear in federal court Thursday in connection to a sprawling scandal that has engulfed the Christie Administration. Sources say he will enter a guilty plea. 

David Samson, 75, who is Christie’s former appointee as chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has been under federal investigation for allegedly bribing United Airlines executives to obtain a special flight route in exchange for lower fees at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Samson is a former state attorney general. He was named partner in one of New Jersey’s most powerful law and lobbying firms.

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Dear Mr. Trump: Why You Should -- And Should Not! -- Make Christie Your Running Mate
Matt Katz | July 13, 2016

Dear Mr. Trump,

I wrote a book about one of the few people you're considering to be your vice presidential nominee, Chris Christie. Yes, I know, your books have sold many more copies. But I still might be able to help you with something. Here's my unsolicited memo to you on why you should pick Christie. And why you shouldn't.


Loyalty:  Sure, Christie ran against you for president. He referred to you as a carnival barker and disparaged your major policy positions as ridiculous. But since he dropped out of the race and endorsed you, Christie has defended you more than any other single elected official. He has explained away some of your more outrageous comments, and turned the fire back on the media. Once he committed to you, he committed to you emphatically -- and much to his own immediate political peril in New Jersey. (Of course, he still wants to be president, so you may want to check out "House of Cards," Season 2.)

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Christie's Attorney General Delays Release of Bridgegate Legal Bills Until After VP Selection
Matt Katz | July 12, 2016

One of the tangential Bridgegate storylines that has triggered bad headlines for Gov. Chris Christie is how much he has charged taxpayers to cover the cost of the legal team representing his office: $10 million.

So far. The press hasn't seen any bills past August 2015, so the current price tag is immeasurably higher than that. But the amount will be kept secret until after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump decides whether to select Christie as his running mate.

Initially, the delay in turning over this public information was due to the fact that Christie's high-powered firm, Gibson Dunn, did not submit invoices to the state, despite Attorney General guidelines that call for timely billing.

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Missing From Bridgegate Investigation: Chris Christie's Personal Email Account
Matt Katz | June 30, 2016

There are some things missing from the federal investigation into Bridgegate:

The cell phone in Gov. Chris Christie's pocket during the 2013 George Washington lane closures.

Text messages the governor sent and received during the ensuing legislative investigation.

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