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Christie: It's 'Ridiculous' to Limit Campaign Donations

You can't take money out of politics, says governor

(Newser) - Money and politics are inseparable, so unlimited donations might as well be allowed—given that donors are transparent, said Chris Christie at a town-hall meeting yesterday. Asked about the Supreme Court's recent decision on campaign cash, the governor called it "ridiculous" to set limits. "I think it... More »

Wash. Gov: 'We're Hoping for a Miracle'

Jay Inslee says rescuers are 'doing everything humanly possible'

(Newser) - With dozens of people still missing in Washington state's devastating mudslide, Gov. Jay Inslee tells CBS today that "we're hoping for a miracle, and we're working for a miracle. We're doing everything humanly possible if that opportunity exists." Rescuers are "performing Herculean tasks... More »

Christie Report Called Sexist in Treatment of Ex-Aide

Bridget Anne Kelly 'seemed emotional' and is given most of the blame

(Newser) - Chris Christie surely knew that the report exonerating him in the Jersey bridge scandal would be called biased because he himself commissioned it. But sexist, too? That's the gist of criticism making the rounds because of the report's treatment of former Christie aide Bridget Anne Kelly . Investigators wrote... More »

Report Ordered by Christie Clears Him

Governor says he doesn't recall being informed of lane closings

(Newser) - In the for-what-it's-worth department, an internal report commissioned by the Chris Christie administration has cleared the governor of wrongdoing in the big bridge scandal, reports Reuters . "What we found was Gov. Christie had no involvement in the decision to close these lanes, and no prior knowledge of it,... More »

Jeb Bush, GOP Hopefuls to Woo Casino Mogul

Sheldon Adelson played major role in the 2012 race

(Newser) - Jeb Bush and a handful of other GOP presidential hopefuls are heading to Las Vegas later this week to court big bucks—mostly from the pocket of casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, the LA Times reports. Bush will be featured speaker at the Republican Jewish Coalition (for donors offering $25,000... More »

Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll By a Mile

Takes 31% of vote to Ted Cruz's 11%

(Newser) - For the second time in as many years, Rand Paul has won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference. This year, he took 31% of the vote, far ahead of second-place Ted Cruz, who received 11%, the Washington Post reports. Behind Cruz were ex-neurosurgeon Ben Carson, with... More »

CPAC Crowd Gives Christie Standing Ovation

Governor gets a little love from conservatives at convention

(Newser) - Chris Christie got back in the national spotlight in a way he prefers today—as a featured speaker at the annual CPAC convention for conservatives. The New Jersey governor took particular aim at the media ("We've got to stop letting the media define who we are and what... More »

Christie Aides Wanted to Punish a Rabbi, Too

They joked about a traffic jam near his house

(Newser) - A big batch of emails among current and former Chris Christie aides is out, and while no bombshells appear to be in the mix, one exchange in particular is getting a lot of attention. Weeks before bridgegate , Christie's then deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly , joked with former... More »

Paper's Correction Nicely Sums Up Jersey Scandal

One creative insult thrower is confused with another

(Newser) - The Dish calls it the "correction of the day," Mediaite "the most New Jersey correction ever," Poynter "the best correction you'll see all day," and Talking Points Memo the "best correction of the bridge scandal so far." It's hard to... More »

NJ Bridge Probe Hands Out 18 More Subpoenas

Also, Christie no stranger to controversy

(Newser) - The George Washington Bridge scandal investigation is getting bigger. Yesterday saw 18 "new or amended" subpoenas, the Record reports; among investigators' questions is whether Chris Christie flew over the closures in his helicopter—and whether any of those implicated in the scandal might have joined him. The governor used... More »

Newspaper: 'We Blew It' With Christie Endorsement

Star-Ledger editor explains how tough endorsements can be

(Newser) - So endorsing Chris Christie for governor wasn't the best idea after all. "We blew this one," writes Tim Moran, editorial page editor at the New Jersey Star-Ledger . To be fair, the editorial board didn't think Christie's team "was crazy enough to put people’s... More »

Fired Christie Aide Refuses Subpoena, Pleads Fifth

Bridget Kelly is also invoking the 4th Amendment

(Newser) - A former Chris Christie aide at the center of the Fort Lee traffic scandal has refused to surrender subpoenaed documents ; Bridget Anne Kelly is invoking the Fifth Amendment, protecting her from self-incrimination. Kelly, who penned the infamous email calling for "traffic problems in Fort Lee," is also pointing... More »

Christie Aide Resigns as Subpoena Deadline Looms

Most aides ask for more time to comply

(Newser) - Today is the deadline for a host of Chris Christie's aides to turn over subpoenaed documents to state lawmakers—and one of those aides has resigned ahead of it, the AP reports. Christina Genovese Renna handed in her resignation on Friday, but it was first reported yesterday. She worked... More »

GOP Bigwigs Stand By Christie

Say it's too early to rush to judgment

(Newser) - The Grand Old Party's finest were out in force today, emphatically defending the virtue of one Chris Christie, reports Politico . "Right now, all we know is one person's word against another. You can't base any conclusion on such a thing," said Paul Ryan , while Rudy... More »

Christie Should Resign if New Allegations Are True

If he lied, he must go, declares the New Jersey Star-Ledger

(Newser) - It's possible that the new allegations against Chris Christie—that he knew about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge as they were happening, despite his denials to the contrary—"could unravel," notes Politico . After all, nobody has seen the supposed evidence alleged to exist by... More »

Port Official: Christie Lied, Knew About Lane Closings

Governor reiterates that he knew nothing in advance

(Newser) - Chris Christie's bridge scandal may have just gotten a lot bigger: One of the key figures in the mess now insists that the New Jersey governor knew about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge as they were happening, reports the New York Times . In a newly released... More »

Feds Subpoena Christie Campaign Over Bridge Scandal

US Attorney homes in on Bridgegate

(Newser) - The Christie for Governor reelection campaign and the New Jersey Republican State Committee are both staring down the barrel of subpoenas from the US Attorney's office, demanding documents related to September's now-infamous George Washington Bridge lane closings, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports. The subpoenas come on top of... More »

Carl Lewis: Chris Christie Retaliated Against Me, Too

'I felt like he was trying to intimidate me, absolutely,' Olympic legend says

(Newser) - Add Carl Lewis to the list of people piling on Chris Christie. The Olympic legend today revived his allegations that Christie's administration abruptly ditched a plan to name him New Jersey's "youth fitness ambassador" as soon as Lewis announced that he'd be running for state Senate... More »

Christie's Lt. Gov: I Didn't Threaten Mayor

Dawn Zimmer meets with feds over claim: report

(Newser) - New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has "wholeheartedly" denied a mayor's claim that Chris Christie's team demanded a quid pro quo to release Sandy relief funds, CNN reports. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer's "version of our conversation in May of 2013 is not only false but... More »

Hoboken Mayor: 'I Didn't Think Anyone Would Believe Me'

Dawn Zimmer denies she's playing politics in Christie accusation

(Newser) - Dawn Zimmer took her crusade against Chris Christie to CNN today, telling State of the Union of her accusation that the governor held Sandy recovery funds hostage , "It's stunning. It's outrageous. But it's true." Of her timing, Zimmer admits that "I probably should have... More »

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