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Chris Christie’s Foreign Trips Cost Taxpayers $120,000

Huff Post

AP | By By JILL COLVIN
Posted: 06/12/2015 6:55 pm EDT Updated: 06/12/2015 9:59 pm EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s recent foreign trips to the United Kingdom, Mexico and Canada cost New Jersey taxpayers nearly $124,000, his office says.

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For Christie, New Jersey Press Conferences Now a Rarity

4 New York

4/10/15

As he prepares for a potential presidential run, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been spending a lot of time in New Jersey, taking questions from residents at weekly town halls events.

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Chris Christie’s weeklong train wreck

By ALEX ISENSTADT
2/6/15 7:10 PM EST

Chris Christie intended to use this week to present himself as a serious figure ready to lead the country at home and abroad.

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Christie’s overseas travel funded by firms that do business with N.J.

January 31, 2015, 10:49 PM Last updated: Sunday, February 1, 2015, 9:38 AM

BY SHAWN BOBURG AND HUGH R. MORLEY
STAFF WRITERS |
THE RECORD

A non-profit organization created to promote business and job growth in New Jersey is funding Governor Christie’s trip to England this week with backing from some of the state’s largest public utilities, labor unions, law firms and contractors — some that have received multimillion-dollar contracts and tax breaks from the state.

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Chris Christie’s London trip was a disaster

Business Insider

COLIN CAMPBELL, PAMELA ENGEL AND HUNTER WALKER

FEB. 3, 2015, 12:36 PM

LONDON — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) wrapped up a three-day trade mission to London on Tuesday that was widely seen as an effort to build his stature as a national figure and potential 2016 presidential candidate. But the trip was marred by confused locals, canceled press availabilities, and bad headlines that left the governor’s brand battered and bruised.

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Chris Christie’s Chances Are Overrated

FiveThirtyEight

6:15 AMJan 7 By Nate Silver

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the second most likely Republican presidential nominee after Rand Paul. University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato lists Christie as one of the top four candidates, along with Paul, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. And the betting market BetFair had Christie as the fourth most likely as of midmorning Tuesday.

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Chris Christie Dodges Press In UK, Raising Questions About Handling 2016 Media Spotlight

Michael Calderone

Huffington Post

Posted: 02/04/2015 12:51 pm EST Updated: 02/04/2015 12:59 pm EST

NEW YORK — One of the easiest ways to get bad press is to ignore the press. That’s especially true on a foreign trip where news organizations have spent thousands of dollars to send reporters thousands of miles away in search of something newsworthy.

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Christie Roams, and Popularity Suffers at
Home

By KATE ZERNIKE DEC. 27, 2014

When the Chris Christie-for-president chatter first started, in 2011, voters in his home state of New Jersey
took pride in having a celebrity governor. As Nancy Reagan escorted Mr. Christie to his speech at her
husband’s presidential library, and hedge fund billionaires, The Weekly Standard and The Wall Street
Journal’s editorial pages urged him to run, his approval ratings jumped. Voters told pollsters the national
attention made him more effective, and improved their state’s long-maligned image.

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