Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Governor tells New York Post that Lap-Band procedure was done at the urging of his family. An NYU doctor made house calls to Christie's Mendham home to not draw attention to the surgery.
Gov. Chris Christie underwent stomach-shrinking Lap-Band surgery in February, he confirmed to the New York Post on Monday night while refuting speculation that he was slimming down for a White House run in 2016. Christie quietly had the Lap-Band -- or laparoscopic adjustable gastric binding -- procedure done in a New York hospital, telling the paper that he agreed to the surgery at the urging of his family after turning 50 in September. The governor insisted that the Lap-Band was not inserted to help him lose weight in the run-up to 2016. "I know it sounds crazy to say that running for president is minor, but in the grand scheme of things, it was looking at Mary Pat and the kids and going, 'I have to do this for them, even if I don’t …
Monday, February 25, 2013
A Quinnipiac University poll released this week shows Chris Christie with a big lead over his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono.
Monday, February 25
Gov. Chris Christie is the best person to lead New Jersey over the next four years, according to voters recently polled in a survey released this week by Quinnipiac University. Christie, a Republican, leads his Democratic rival, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex), 62 percent to 25 percent in the state's 2013 gubernatorial race, according to the poll. The governor's overall approval rating also remains high. Christie's 74 percent approval rating and 69 percent favorable rating tie his personal record highs from January, the Huffington Post reports, both numbers buoyed by public perception of the way he handled Hurricane Sandy's impact and its aftermath. Christie appears to have strong support on the other side of the aisle, as well. …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Facing harsh criticism by Democratic leadership, Long supports Christie's reelection bid.
Saturday, February 23
Unity trumps politics in the face of adversity. That was the salient message imparted by the Democratic mayor of a town devastated by Hurricane Sandy as she endorsed Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s reelection bid. Christie — criticized by a contingent of Republicans for his support and recognition of Democratic President Obama in the face of Sandy — stood alongside Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long at Woody’s Ocean Grille on Thursday as the Democratic mayor voiced her support of the New Jersey governor. The governor reiterated "his politics be damned, this is about rebuilding in the wake of disaster" credo and praised Long for her post-Sandy leadership. Long clarified that her support of Christie did not have anything to do with state Sen. …
Friday, February 15, 2013
But with the primary still three years away, most New Hampshire voters are understandably still undecided.
OUTSIDE MANCHESTER, NH -- Hillary Clinton is the heavy favorite among New Hampshire Democrats for the 2016 New Hampshire Primary, while no one in the Republican field has yet to separate from the pack. Yes, it's still three years before the 2016 Primary, but a WMUR/University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll released Thursday night shows that Clinton is the prohibitive favorite among Granite State Democrats. The poll surveyed 581 New Hampshire residents. A whopping 63 percent of Democratic voters said they plan to vote for Clinton, compared to 10 percent for Vice President Joe Biden, 5 percent for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and 2 percent for Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker. Biden made numerous stops in New Hampshire last year, …
The Facebook founder's first political fundraiser draws picketers and police.
This story originally appeared on Palo Alto Patch. Dozens of protestors crowded the sidewalk outside of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Palo Alto home Wednesday evening to oppose a campaign fundraiser for outspoken NJ Gov. Chris Christie. The event, which marks Zuckerberg’s first foray into the world of political fundraising, drew picketers angered largely over Christie’s efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood and other women’s health programs in New Jersey. Signs depicting a reversed thumbs-down version of Facebook’s iconic “like” symbol and the words: “zuck + chris – hands off planned parenthood” were distributed by CREDO, a California-based mobile phone and network provider that makes donations to politically …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Adam Geller was appointed as a public member of the commission. Sarah Biser was reappointed.
Holmdel resident Adam Geller was appointed as a public member of the New Jersey-Israel Commission by Gov. Chris Christie this week. Holmdel resident Sarah Biser was reappointed. The commission was formed in 1989 to "to promote the development of trade, culture and educational exchanges; encourage the development of capital investment and joint business ventures; and foster a spirit of cooperation," according to the state website. New Jersey and Israel signed a Sister State Agreement in 1988 under former Gov. Thomas H. Kean. The commission was established in 1989 to implement the goals of the agreement. Members appointed to the commission include: Members reappointed to the commission include: The relationship and shared cultural, economic …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
'We will see you on the boardwalk,' says Brian Williams, news anchor and Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund new board member.
As a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman Monday night, Gov. Chris Christie's witty banter and doughnut-eating may have made headlines, but he was quick to remind everyone that Hurricane Sandy relief is still needed. Christie and Letterman talked about the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund started by first lady Mary Pat Christie. She announced today that two major celebrities have joined the honorary advisory board. Bono, front man of U2, and NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams will join Bruce Springsteen, former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley, Jon Bon Jovi and others on the board. Bono called it “an honor” to support the relief efforts. “Sandy took away just about every piece of my Jersey Shore childhood,” said Williams, who is from …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Continues 'Town Hall' meetings with public, this time in Hurricane Sandy devastated borough
Gov. Chris Christie will continue his "town hall" meetings, holding a public event Thursday in the hurricane-damaged borough of Belmar. Throughout his administratrion the governor has held many of these town hall meetings, holding events to speak with the public and interact with local citizens as Christie promotes "the Jersey Comeback." These days the dialogue has turned to coming back from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, which destroyed large areas of the state, including Thursday's town hall host town, Belmar. The borough saw more than a thousand homes flooded by the storm, said Mayor Matt Doherty, and the boardwalk was uplifted by the storm surge and destroyed. The town hall meeting is Thursday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:…
Friday, December 14, 2012
Christie comments on school shooting at Sea Bright news conference
Gov. Chris Christie said Friday that the people of Connecticut are struggling with an "unthinkable tragedy" after the mass shooting that left at least 25 people dead at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. "The people of the state of Connecticut have endured today just an unspeakable tragedy," Christie said at a news conference in Sea Bright. "Our hearts and prayers go out to Gov. (Dan) Malloy and to the families of each of those victims," he said. Multiple news outlets are reporting the shooter as Adam Lanza, who killed 18 students in the second deadliest school shooting in American history. His brother, Ryan Lanza of Hoboken, was initially erroneously named as the culprit. "I want the folks in Connecticut to know that all the folks …
Governor convenes Business Impact Assessment Group to survey merchants' needs after Sandy
Statewide business groups will begin this weekend to survey the needs of local merchants seeking to recover and rebuild after superstorm Sandy, Gov. Chris Christie said Friday afternoon. The formation of the Business Impact Assessment group was announced at a news conference at the Sea Bright firehouse, which until recently had served as a "Food City" center for provisions for the local responders and residents in this devastated oceanfront community. Local and state officials joined residents to hear the governor describe the value of small businesses, especially those at the Shore. "The heartbeat of the economy and the fabric of the culture are all these small businesses," he said. Small businesses are the "backbone of the Garden State …