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Opinion: Dr. Christie and Mr. Hyde Deliver State of State Address
Carl Golden | January 14, 2016 | Opinion
Speech swings between apocalyptic predictions about Democratic policies and humane concerns for drug addicts and mentally ill
Opinion: ‘The Donald’ Hits Chris Christie Over Bridge-Closing Scandal
Carl Golden | January 5, 2016 | Opinion
With the governor moving up in the polls in New Hampshire, Trump plays Bridgegate card -- and raises decidedly weak rejoinder from candidate Christie
Opinion: Delay Cost Assembly Democrats Chance to Override Christie Veto
Carl Golden | December 10, 2015 | Opinion
Failed override gave Christie another opportunity to tout his leadership. A second attempt will only yield more of same
Opinion: It’s Not About the Gas Tax, It’s About Not Trusting Trenton
Carl Golden | November 17, 2015 | Opinion
A first step toward selling a gas tax is ensuring that money earmarked for transportation won’t be siphoned off for another program
Opinion: Christie’s 2017 Budget -- Be Prepared for the Unkindest Cuts of All
Carl Golden | November 4, 2015 | Opinion
Help with the transportation trust fund, property taxes, flat school funding, and public pension system? Don’t count on it
Opinion: Bridgegate -- the Petty, Political Payback Scheme That Will Not Die
Carl Golden | October 14, 2015 | Opinion
The penny-rate scandal has reached deep into the State House and the governor’s office, but has yet to touch Christie directly
Opinion: Weak-Kneed GOP Helps Christie Sustain Perfect Record for Vetoes
Carl Golden | September 30, 2015 | Opinion
Republican lawmakers refuse to override governor’s veto on bill that would keep guns out of hands of people with history of mental illness
Opinion: Christie Tries to Reinvent Himself Again -- As Panic Sets In
Carl Golden | September 16, 2015 | Opinion
Pot shots at mayor of New York and calling newspapers “rags” are signs of a candidate starting to flounder
Opinion: Could Reinstating COLA Give Sweeney a Better Shot at 2017?
Carl Golden | September 1, 2015 | Opinion
If Supreme Court decides to bring back cost-of-living adjustment Sweeney could argue NJ needs firm Democratic hand at helm
Opinion: Sweeney’s Pension-Reform Proposal Benefits Sweeney First
Carl Golden | August 3, 2015 | Opinion
The Senate president has found a way to differentiate himself from Christie and get back in good graces with public employees
Opinion: If Christie Loses Common Touch, Can He Win Republican Nomination?
Carl Golden | July 14, 2015 | Opinion
Yes, the governor won twice in New Jersey, but the state may not be as ‘blue’ as he suggests
Christie’s Quest: Will He Beat the Odds or Quickly Become the Odd Man Out?
Carl Golden | July 1, 2015 | Opinion
Governor plans to ‘tell it like it is’ in New Hampshire– but harsh truth about record in NJ could end longshot bid in short order
Opinion: Gambling Fever Taking Its Toll on New Jersey Democrats
Carl Golden | June 22, 2015 | Opinion
Beyond proposed sites across the state, possibility of gaming outside of Atlantic City calls for consummate timing
Opinion: Too Early to Count Christie Out for Republican TV Debates?
Carl Golden | June 5, 2015 | Opinion
The governor’s single-digit polling numbers could cost him a slot on Fox and CNN debates for Republican presidential hopefuls
Opinion: Top-Court Ruling Could Bail Out Christie, Sweeney -- or Both
Carl Golden | May 19, 2015 | Opinion
Governor and Senate president are locked in mutual stare-down over pension reform that may be beyond simple resolution
Opinion: Even Before Bridget Kelly, Christie’s Campaign Was Floundering
Carl Golden | May 5, 2015 | Opinion
The former deputy chief of staff in Christie’s office says she couldn’t be the only one who knew about Bridgegate
Opinion: Administration's Response Machine Rumbles Into Action
Carl Golden | May 1, 2015 | Opinion
Gov. Christie and administration have been honing a response for months. How well will it go down?
Opinion: Chris Christie Keeps the Press Exactly Where He Wants It -- In the Dark
Carl Golden | April 16, 2015 | Opinion
The governor’s carefully staged ‘town halls’ and radio shows foster the illusion that he is accessible to just plain folks
Opinion: Forget the Cap, Property Taxes Are Only Going to Get Higher
Carl Golden | April 1, 2015 | Opinion
There's no political will for municipal income taxes, but there's no doubt they can redress problems with today’s system
Opinion: Democrats Fumbled Chance to Enact Real Reforms at Port Authority
Carl Golden | March 18, 2015 | Opinion
By refusing to accept Kean’s compromise deal, they lost any chance of overriding Christie veto
Opinion: Kean's Port Authority Proposal Looks Like a Win-Win for GOP, Dems
Carl Golden | March 4, 2015 | Opinion
The Senate minority leader's plan seems to have something for everyone, including avoidance of a potential loss of face for Christie and Sweeney
Opinion: Background Noise About Christie's Woes Could Drown Out Budget Buzz
Carl Golden | February 19, 2015 | Opinion
It's going to be tough for the administration to keep the focus on this year's budget given ongoing federal investigations, other problems
Strategy Gives Governor Political Cover in Debate Over Possible Hike in Gas Tax
Carl Golden | February 2, 2015 | Opinion
Commissioner Jamie Fox runs interference in effort to sway public on need to replenish Transportation Trust Fund
Opinion: GOP Legislators May Finally Be Ready to Buck Christie, Override Veto
Carl Golden | January 20, 2015 | Opinion
Tables may turn because of bipartisan support of reforms at Port Authority, governor’s drop in polls
Opinion: There’s No Good Time to Announce Bad News -- Not Even Friday Afternoon
Carl Golden | January 5, 2015 | Opinion
As Gov. Christie and Gov. Cuomo learned, issuing a Port Authority press release before the weekend only made it more visible
Opinion: For U.S. Attorney’s Bridgegate Report, Timing of Release May Be Everything
Carl Golden | December 16, 2014 | Opinion
With ‘State of State’ address, budget, and possible bid for GOP nomination looming, Christie has to wonder what’s in the report and when it will hit
Opinion: Forget the Pig-Crate Bill, Christie Faces Real Policy Issues
Carl Golden | December 5, 2014 | Opinion
The only thing significant about governor’s veto is how it was immediately framed in terms of his undeclared national ambitions
Opinion: High Cost of Living vs. Low Cost of Moving Out of New Jersey
Carl Golden | November 21, 2014 | Opinion
Property taxes are driving residents out of state, but alternatives are politically too hot to handle
Opinion: Is ‘Sit Down and Shut Up’ Christie’s Fatal Misstep?
Carl Golden | November 4, 2014 | Opinion
The governor likes to paint himself as blunt and outspoken, but did his mouth get away from his mind in Belmar?
Opinion: Uproar Over Ebola Quarantine Plays to Christie’s Political Strength
Carl Golden | October 28, 2014 | Opinion
Crisis gives governor the opportunity to play favorite role of resolute, no-nonsense elected leader
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