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NH Paper: We Were So Wrong About Christie

His endorsement of Trump earns paper's 'unendorsement'

(Newser) - "Boy, were we wrong." So starts an "unendorsement" from publisher Joseph W. McQuaid in Monday's New Hampshire Union Leader . The paper endorsed Chris Christie in the state primary back in November, with McQuaid touting him as "a solid, pro-life conservative" who "tells it like... More »

Donald Trump to Chris Christie: 'Go Home'

Leading GOP candidate gives instructions to his supporter

(Newser) - Donald Trump responded to Chris Christie's rousing introduction on an airport tarmac Saturday with a direct message: "Go home." After Christie's introductory remarks in Tennessee, which ran for several minutes, Trump shook the hand of his high-profile supporter and gave instructions picked up by the stage... More »

Chris Christie Is Officially Out

Spokesperson breaks the news

(Newser) - And then there were seven : A spokeswoman for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's campaign for president says he is dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination. Christie's much - anticipated decision to exit the race comes a day after his disappointing sixth-place finish in New Hampshire.... More »

As Christie Ponders, Signs Point to End of Campaign

New Jersey governor expected to drop out

(Newser) - Chris Christie promised to reassess his candidacy following his disappointing finish in New Hampshire, and he was doing just that with top aides Wednesday morning, reports CNN . But the smart money is now on the New Jersey governor dropping out before the day is done: Both the network and ABC... More »

Chris Christie Going Home to Do Some Hard Thinking

He's on track to finish 6th in New Hampshire

(Newser) - Chris Christie says he's heading home to New Jersey to "take a deep breath" and take stock of his struggling presidential bid. The New Jersey governor had banked on a strong finish in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, but he's on track to end up in 6th... More »

Who Won, Lost the GOP Debate

Common theme: Good night for governors, bad for frontrunners

(Newser) - The Republicans wrapped up their last debate before New Hampshire votes on Tuesday, a particularly feisty affair in which Marco Rubio took the biggest hits . One theme emerging is that it was a good night for governors but not for frontrunners:
  • Dan Balz of the Washington Post : "Marco Rubio
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8 Standout Attack Lines From the Debate

'The days for the Clintons in public housing are over'

(Newser) - Seventh GOP debate, seven candidates, and eight standout attacks at the presidential hopefuls' GOP rivals and at the Democratic contenders:
  1. Ted Cruz: "Now, secondly, let me say I'm a maniac and everyone on this stage is stupid, fat, and ugly. And Ben, you're a terrible surgeon. Now
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GoFundMe Campaign Is Buying Christie Lots of Mops

'Mop up mess' in NJ after blizzard you abandoned: college grad to governor

(Newser) - "I don't know what you expect me to do," Chris Christie joked when dinged on the campaign trail for skipping off to New Hampshire to campaign as New Jersey reeled in the aftermath of last week's mega-blizzard. "Do you want me to go down there... More »

Christie: 'I Don't Care' What's in School Lunches

If he becomes president, kids can eat 'whatever you want'

(Newser) - Chris Christie may have just become the Republican frontrunner among kids, though he likely irked Michelle Obama in the process. While campaigning in Iowa on Monday, the New Jersey governor fielded a complaint from an 11-year-old boy who said pizza and crispitos, a kind of crispy taco, have vanished from... More »

Who Won, Lost GOP Debate

This could be curtains for Carson, pundits say

(Newser) - Thursday night's GOP debate in South Carolina may have been the last good chance for low-polling candidates to shake things up a little—but while it was a feisty affair, it was short on surprises, with front-runners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz dominating. Here's what the pundits are... More »

Cruz Turns Tables on Trump Over Birther Question

'I’m not going to use your mother’s birth against you,' he says

(Newser) - Ted Cruz got the birther question about 30 minutes into Thursday night's debate, and he used his response to ridicule the notion that he might not be eligible for the White House because of his birth in Canada. He's eligible, he reiterated, because his mother was an American... More »

Big Lines From the Debate

"Donald, you're not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency."

(Newser) - Here are some of the more memorable lines emerging from Tuesday night's debate, culled from CNN and the Washington Post transcript:
  • Jeb Bush: "Donald, you're not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency." (Bush has gone after Trump repeatedly, labeling him a
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Debate's Big Question: Will Anyone Go After Trump?

What to watch for in Tuesday night's Republican contest

(Newser) - Tuesday night brings the last debate of the year for Republicans, and one common theme in previews is that in a year of relatively lively debates, this one might be the liveliest yet. Some things to watch:
  • Will anyone hit Trump? "Easily the biggest question" of the night is
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Jindal Tries to Pick Fight With Christie, to No Avail

In undercard debate, Christie keeps his focus on Hillary Clinton instead

(Newser) - The undercard debate is in the books, and one of the key themes was the newly demoted Chris Christie trying to keep the focus on Hillary Clinton rather than engaging with his fellow Republicans. Bobby Jindal in particular went after Christie again and again, declaring that his own record as... More »

GOP Candidates Name Their Big Weakness

Though a few dodged the question

(Newser) - The opening question of Wednesday night's Republican debate was an open-ended one: What's your biggest weakness? Here are the answers, via the New York Times , the Wall Street Journal , the Washington Post , and CNN :
  • Donald Trump: “I trust people too much and … if they let me
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11 Candidates, 11 Lines: Debate's Standout Remarks

Including one about turning the TV off

(Newser) - Eleven candidates and three hours of debate: Which lines made an impression? A standout statement from each of tonight's GOP hopefuls, via CNN , the New York Times , and the Washington Post :
  • Donald Trump: "I would get along with [Assad]. I would get along with a lot of the
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Republicans Wrap Up Fiery First Debate

Donald Trump was a central figure, as expected

(Newser) - The GOP debate on Fox News tonight proved to be Trump-centric as he and his nine rivals—Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, and John Kasich—tried to emerge from the pack. (As Carly Fiorina did in the early debate.... More »

Chris Christie Unveils Slogan, Website

'Telling it like it is'

(Newser) - Chris Christie isn't expected to launch his presidential campaign until Tuesday, but that hasn't stopped him from unveiling a campaign website and slogan in advance: "Telling it like it is." Christie will be the 14th major GOP candidate in the race, notes the National Journal , which... More »

Sources: Chris Christie Set to Announce 2016 Bid

But poll numbers might be a big worry

(Newser) - Chris Christie is getting ready to leap into the already crowded pool of the GOP's 2016 hopefuls, insiders say. Sources tell Politico that the NJ governor is in the final stages of preparation and plans to finally confirm the long-rumored bid with an announcement next week. Christie has been... More »

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 »

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