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Jeb Walks Back Endorsement of Iraq Invasion

Ex-governor acknowledges that 'mistakes were made'

(Newser) - Jeb Bush appears to be changing his tune after comments he made on Fox News this Sunday. Asked by Megyn Kelly whether, "knowing what we know now," he would "have authorized the invasion," Bush said he "would've," the New York Times reports: "... More »

NJ Paper to Christie: Ditch Campaign or Return Salary

Governor says he's vindicated in bridge scandal, but critics unswayed

(Newser) - In New Jersey yesterday, two former allies of Chris Christie were indicted in the bridge-closing fiasco of 2013, and a third pleaded guilty . And even though the latter continues to insist that the governor knew of the plan, no evidence has emerged so far to support that. Christie immediately issued... More »

Christie's Bridge Scandal Is Back: Pal Pleads Guilty

Two others to be indicted; these are the first charges in the 2013 scandal

(Newser) - As if Chris Christie's political fortunes weren't in enough trouble, Bridgegate is making headlines again. That would be the 2013 scandal in which the New Jersey governor's aides were accused of shutting down two lanes of traffic on the world's busiest bridge as a political vendetta... More »

Christie Rep Settled Exxon Suit for 3 Cents on Dollar

A former state official alleges the office 'cut the deal favorable to Exxon'

(Newser) - It's been quite the legal saga: In 2004, New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection sued Exxon Mobil over what it said was a century's worth of pollution spewed by two refineries. The state alleged that contamination dating as far back as 1870 at the northern Bayonne and... More »

Scott Walker a Big Hit at CPAC

And Jeb Bush holds his own

(Newser) - Today saw the conclusion of the Conservative Political Action Conference, a gathering which a GOP strategist calls "the starting gun of the Republican primary campaign," the Los Angeles Times reports. The event saw a number of possible candidates offer their pitches, and Scott Walker was among its stars:... More »

The 'Conservative Woodstock' Kicks Off

What to watch for at CPAC

(Newser) - The Conservative Political Action Conference—which Politico calls "the conservative Woodstock" and the Christian Science Monitor calls "the Super Bowl of conservative activism"—is currently under way in National Harbor, Md. What to watch for during the 41st annual CPAC—this one, Politico notes, is "the... More »

Media Decrees: Christie Campaign On the Ropes

That seems to be the consensus among political reporters

(Newser) - If Chris Christie is indeed running in 2016, today's political headlines won't make for pleasant reading. It seems unanimous: Camp Christie has been caught flat-footed by the Jeb Bush machine. Some examples:
  • Washington Post : Headline, "Chris Christie losing home-state donors as Jeb Bush makes inroads." In
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Chris Christie Faces New Criminal Investigation

Former prosecutor says he was fired unfairly

(Newser) - Chris Christie's administration is under investigation yet again, this time for allegedly quashing indictments against three of his political supporters, ABC News reports. A couple years back in New Jersey, former Hunterdon County Assistant Prosecutor Bennett Barlyn claimed he was fired for objecting when Christie officials canned indictments against... More »

Clinton Tweet: World Is Round, Vaccines Work

Another potential 2016 candidate weighs in after Christie comments

(Newser) - After Chris Christie's call for "choice" in vaccination landed him in trouble , Hillary Clinton is making no bones about her own position. "The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork. Let's protect all our kids. #GrandmothersKnowBest," she posted on... More »

Christie Travels Like a Rock Star —on Others' Dime

Luxury trips paid for by Adelson, Jerry Jones, King Abdullah

(Newser) - Chris Christie has built a reputation as a regular guy opposed to excessive government spending—but the New York Times reports that his own travels often "indulged a taste that runs more toward Champagne at the Four Seasons," adding that "he has also quietly let others pay... More »

Pro-Vaxxers Jump on Christie: 'Insane,' 'Pandering'

Critics rail against NJ guv's stance for parental 'choice' regarding vaccines

(Newser) - NJ Gov. Chris Christie is now pulling back on statements he made earlier today—in response to the recent measles outbreak —that parents should have a "choice" whether to get their kids vaccinated. "The Governor believes vaccines are an important public health protection, and with a disease... More »

Chris Christie on Vaccines: Parents Should Have 'Choice'

While President Obama says, 'get your kids vaccinated'

(Newser) - Chris Christie is in the UK—technically on a trade mission for New Jersey, but most are looking at the trip as a precursor to his seemingly inevitable presidential campaign—and today in England he was asked about vaccinations in light of the US measles outbreak. "We vaccinate ours... More »

While in Office, Christie Has Been Given 77 Diet Books

Givers include Dr. Oz, South Beach Diet inventor

(Newser) - It's unclear whether they're from mean-spirited detractors or genuine well-wishers, but either way, it seems in poor taste: Chris Christie has received dozens of diet books as gifts while he's been governor of New Jersey, NJ.com reports. He's been sent a total of 600 books... More »

Christie: I'm Taking Over Atlantic City

Crumbling casino town is in 'enormous hole'

(Newser) - This is why New Jersey can't have nice casino towns: financial woes, and Atlantic City's are so dire that Gov. Chris Christie has issued a state takeover of the city of 40,000, reports NJ.com . "I can't wait any longer," said Christie today in... More »

A Giant of NY Politics: Cuomo Tributes Pour In

'All who knew Mario Cuomo were better for it'

(Newser) - Three-term New York Gov. Mario Cuomo died yesterday , just hours after his son Andrew was inaugurated for a second term as governor, and tributes have poured in from across the political spectrum for the Democrat who led the state from 1983 to 1994.
  • President Obama: "An Italian Catholic kid
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Top GOP Donors Focus Early on 3 Names

NYT says Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Mitt Romney are focus of talks

(Newser) - If you had to name the Democratic candidate in 2016, one name that ends in Clinton quickly comes to mind. But for Republicans? The Washington Post recently counted up no fewer than 23 potential candidates. Which might explain why the New York Times reports that the GOP's top donors... More »

2 More Election Winners: Christie, Clinton

Both can find reason to be hopeful for 2016, say pundits

(Newser) - The obvious big winner in last night's election is Mitch McConnell . But observers see two less-obvious victors in Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie. At Vox , for example, Ezra Klein writes that "a more Democratic year could have led to some new stars who might have been able to... More »

Last Night's Major Victor: McConnell

NRSC, RGA also pull off major coups

(Newser) - Last night's victory for Mitch McConnell was a big one: He was expected to face a neck-and-neck race, but instead he was called the winner just after the polls closed, Chris Cillizza writes in the Washington Post . Starting next year, he's the Senate majority leader. Among the night'... More »

Hickox Blasts Christie's 'Abundance of Politics'

Apologizes to Maine town, says she won't go to crowded places

(Newser) - It's not often heads as hard as those belonging to Chris Christie and Kaci Hickox collide, and the Maine nurse today showed no sign of letting up over the quarantine she faced upon her return to the United States—which a Maine judge ended Friday —telling NBC News... More »

Christie: Ebola Quarantine Will Be 'Nat'l Policy'

Others argue that science should prevail over one-size-fits-all policy

(Newser) - Chris Christie may have a pretty irate nurse taking the Garden State to task over the execution of his mandatory-quarantine policy toward Ebola, but he's standing by it. "I think this is a policy that will become a national policy sooner rather than later," he told Fox ... More »

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