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Christie Struggles as Governorship Comes to an End

His 15% approval rating is among the lowest in history

(Newser) - Gov. Chris Christie has worked to improve his image this year, dedicating himself to the state and nation's opioid epidemic and opening up again to New Jersey's press corps. It hasn't worked. The AP reports his approval rating is among the lowest in history for any governor... More »

America's 10 Least Popular Governors

Sorry, Christie

(Newser) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley just resigned after violating state campaign finance law, but he's still not as unpopular as Chris Christie, according to a Morning Consult poll. The poll out Tuesday lists the US governors with the highest disapproval rates from January to March, per the Hill . The losers... More »

Christie Aides Sentenced to Prison Over Bridgegate

Bill Baroni gets 2 years; Bridget Kelly gets 18 months

(Newser) - Two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie were sentenced to prison Wednesday for their role in a political revenge plot involving traffic jams at the country's busiest bridge, a scandal that sank the Republican's presidential aspirations, the AP reports. Bill Baroni, Christie's appointee to the Port Authority... More »

Christie Finally Has a White House Gig

NJ governor will be leading a drug addiction task force, but not a 'permanent role'

(Newser) - After being unceremoniously dropped from President Trump's transition team, Gov. Chris Christie is dipping his toes into the administration as he takes the lead of a White House commission to combat drug addiction, the AP reports. On Wednesday, Christie and Trump will host an opioid and drug abuse listening... More »

Christie's Next Job May Have Zilch to Do With Politics

He's in the running to be a sports talk radio host at WFAN

(Newser) - He lost his bid to be president and, possibly , his chance for a top role in the Trump administration. So what's next for Chris Christie? A report from the Bergen Record suggests that sports talk radio looks like a real possibility. The idea is that he'd replace the... More »

Chris Christie: Trump Made Me Eat Meatloaf

Emasculating? He says no

(Newser) - It wasn't the topic of conversation of Tuesday's lunch meeting between Chris Christie and President Trump that drew attention. It was the meatloaf. During an interview with WFAN radio show Boomer and Carton on Thursday, Christie let slip that Trump ordered his meal for him at the White... More »

Trump Son-in-Law: Bridgegate Stunt 'Kind of Badass'

Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon are the subject of profiles

(Newser) - Two key figures in the world of Donald Trump are subject of lengthy profiles Monday: Son-in-law Jared Kushner in the Washington Post and adviser Steve Bannon in the New York Times . A sampling:
  • Bannon: Critics "have variously called Mr. Bannon a racist, a sexist, an anti-Semite and an Islamophobe.
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In or Out? Christie's Fate Is Tough to Call

New Jersey governor lost Trump's confidence, say a slew of reports

(Newser) - Maybe the toughest question to answer in the midst of Donald Trump's effort to assemble his administration is the status of Chris Christie. The New Jersey governor met with Trump on Sunday, nine days after being dumped suddenly as head of the transition team, and afterward the president-elect called... More »

Christie's Demotion by Trump Is Rich in Irony

Columnist: He's being punished for something he got right years ago

(Newser) - New Jersey Star-Ledger writer Tom Moran is no fan of Chris Christie, but in a new column he sounds almost sympathetic about what's happening to the governor in Trump-land. Actually, he's not sympathizing so much as reveling in the rich "irony" of it all: Christie is suddenly... More »

Christie Ousted as Head of Trump Transition Team

Trump was reportedly upset Christie hadn't been more vocal in his support

(Newser) - Chris Christie headed Donald Trump's presidential transition team for months. Three days after voters decided that transition would actually happen, Trump replaced Christie with Mike Pence. The New York Times reports Trump wanted Pence's experience and Washington contacts. And according to NBC News , Trump was mad that Christie... More »

Trump's Son Among Potential Cabinet Picks

Donald Trump Jr. for Interior secretary?

(Newser) - Hours after Donald Trump was named president-elect , talk has turned to what could potentially be "one of the more eclectic and controversial presidential cabinets in modern history," per Politico . Given that Trump is a businessman rather than a seasoned politician, it's perhaps no surprise that his camp... More »

Verdict in Bridgegate Trial Is Bad News for Chris Christie

Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni face decades in prison

(Newser) - The six-week Bridgegate trial ended Friday with two Chris Christie allies being found guilty of conspiracy, fraud, and civil rights deprivation, CNN reports. According to the New Jersey Star-Ledger , it took the jury most of the week to reach the verdict. Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port... More »

Ex-Staffer: Christie Approved Bridgegate Lane Closures

Bridget Anne Kelly testified Friday

(Newser) - Despite what Chris Christie has said, his former deputy chief of staff testified Friday that she told him about the 2013 lane closures on the George Washington Bridge a month before they happened, New York Magazine reports. Bridget Anne Kelly is facing charges of conspiracy and fraud for her role... More »

Judge Greenlights Misconduct Complaint Against Christie

Criminal summons issued for governor in BridgeGate; court bursts into applause

(Newser) - A citizen's official misconduct complaint against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie can move forward, a judge in the state ruled Thursday. Bill Brennan, whom the Star-Ledger describes as a "citizen activist" and Christie's office describes as "a known serial complainant and political activist with a history... More »

Giuliani, Christie: Trump's a 'Genius' for Not Paying Taxes

Candidate praised for tax savvy in wake of 'NYT' report he paid no taxes for 18 years

(Newser) - Rudy Giuliani says Donald Trump is a "genius" if he avoided federal income taxes, responding to a New York Times report that the candidate claimed a nearly $1 billion loss in 1995 that would have eliminated his federal tax burden for up to 18 years , reports the AP . Giuliani... More »

America's 10 Least Popular Governors

Chris Christie makes the list but doesn't top it

(Newser) - Morning Consult has released its rankings of the country's most and least popular governors, and a certain one-time presidential hopeful from New Jersey is near the top of the disapproval column. Politico reports Chris Christie is the third most unpopular governor in the country with a 68% disapproval... More »

Prosecutors: We'll Prove Christie Knew About Bridgegate

Trial into New Jersey political scandal starts

(Newser) - Remember Bridgegate ? The New Jersey political scandal in which Chris Christie's administration is accused of snarling traffic on the George Washington Bridge to punish a rival mayor is making headlines again as the trial of two Christie allies begins. And if prosecutors are correct in their opening statements,... More »

Former Aide: Christie 'Flat Out Lied' in Bridge Case

Christie calls that claim 'ridiculous'

(Newser) - A former aide to Gov. Chris Christie texted to a colleague during a news conference about the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal that Christie "flat out lied" about the involvement of his senior staff and campaign manager, according to a new court filing. The AP reports a transcript of... More »

Winners, Losers From Day 2 of the RNC

Never Trump movement 'dead from multiple causes'

(Newser) - Tuesday was "Make America Work Again" day at the Republican National Convention, though there was easily as much talk about Hillary Clinton as there was about the US economy. Still, the convention seemed to run far more smoothly than on Monday—it was as if they "had brought... More »

Paul Ryan Gets in Line: Unify This Party at Last

As Chris Christie dusts off his prosecutor's hat

(Newser) - Republicans kicked off the second night of their convention with all the pomp one might expect from a political convention, with a healthy dose of Capitol Hill heavyweights on display, as well as C-list celebrities. Highlights, via the AP , the Guardian , and the Washington Post :
  • Paul Ryan rallied for Donald
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