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Monday
Nov052012

NJ Gov. Christie: After Sandy, 'We Are Returning to a New Normal'

Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Five days after superstorm Sandy downed power lines, flooded homes and crippled transportation in the Northeast, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said his state is "returning to a new normal," despite a looming nor'easter this week that could bring further damage to the devastated area.

"I can do lots of things, I can't change the weather," Christie said on Sunday.

Nearly all of New Jersey's state roads have been cleared, Christie said, though a new storm could mean more trouble for the tri-state area of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut in the middle of this week.

Homes without power and plunging temperatures remain a problem for more than two million people.  Nearly a million are powerless in New Jersey at last count.

A steadfast Christie said he would continue to use gentle persuasion on the power companies to restore electricity for residents.

"We will get this done," he said.

The nor'easter could bring temperatures as low as the 20s and "strong gusty winds," rain and coastal flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

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Wednesday
Oct312012

President Obama, NJ Gov. Chris Christie Tour Superstorm Sandy's Devastation

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(BRIGANTINE, N.J.) -- President Obama surveyed the devastation wreaked by the superstorm Sandy Wednesday with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in what both men said was a non-political event. But it was a powerful image of bipartisan cooperation just six days before the election.

Following a helicopter tour of the state's battered shoreline, Obama expressed his sympathies and promised the full weight of his office and the federal government in providing aid.

"We are here for you, and we will not forget," Obama said. "We will follow up to make sure you get all the help you need until you rebuild."

"I don't want anybody to feel that somehow this is all going to get cleaned up overnight," Obama said. "But what I can promise you is that the federal government will be working as closely as possible with the state and local officials, and we will not quit until this is done."

Obama was accompanied on the tour by Christie, a vocal supporter of Obama's challenger, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. However, Christie has praised the president for his oversight of federal emergency efforts.

Christie again thanked the president Wednesday, saying the two men had a "great working relationship" and that the president "sprung into action immediately."

Although it was not a political statement, Christie's comments were an unlikely endorsement of the president's leadership at a crucial juncture in the presidential race.

Together, the two men cut a surprising image of bipartisanship and cooperation ahead of next week's vote, as polls show the race in a dead heat nationally.

New polls in three key swing states show Obama holding his lead in Ohio and wiping away Romney's advantages in Virginia and Florida.

[ PHOTOS: East Coast Hit by Superstorm Sandy ]

Obama leads 49 percent to 47 percent in Virginia and had a 48 percent to 47 percent edge in Florida, according to the Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News poll.

Obama's leads in those two states were within the margin of error, meaning the candidates were essentially tied. But Romney was leading in those states just a few days ago in other polls.

In Ohio, Obama is maintaining a five-point lead, with a 50-45 margin, according to Quinnipiac.

In a new video Wednesday, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said he thinks Obama is in the dominant position heading into Election Day because, "We are ahead or tied in every single battleground state."

The Romney campaign disputed the results of the Quinnipiac survey, claiming it overestimated the size of the Democratic turnout.

Ohio, Virginia and Florida are among the most vital of the battleground states for both campaigns.

The Quinnipiac survey was the first major poll of the swing states released since superstorm Sandy made landfall in Atlantic City, N.J., Monday evening, wreaking billions of dollars in damage and delivering an October surprise that no pundit predicted. The polling, however, was done before Sandy arrived and may have altered voter attitudes towards the candidates.

Romney Wednesday went back to a day of full campaigning after a brief respite out of respect to the storm victims, and his campaign hoped that the momentum generated in the days before Sandy would hold through Election Day.

He was to attend two "victory rallies" in Florida today with a number of high-profile conservatives, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Sen. Marco Rubio.

Obama was to return to campaigning Thursday with events in Green Bay, Wis., Las Vegas and Boulder, Colo.

Meanwhile, Romney and conservative super PACs were spending big in the Democratic-leaning states of Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Republicans said Romney's slim lead in nationwide polls gave them the opportunity to go after Obama in blue-leaning states, which the president did not yet have fully locked up. The Democrats, however, said Republicans were spending money in blue-leaning states because the swing states were already saturated with political ads, and buying new ads would be prohibitively expensive for outside groups.

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Wednesday
Oct312012

Gov. Chris Christie Vows NJ Will Rebuild After Superstorm Sandy

Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Residents along the East Coast are beginning to pick up the pieces after deadly superstorm Sandy devastated the most densely populated region in the country, with New Jersey experiencing "unthinkable" damage to its coastline as homes were swept from their foundations and amusement park rides were washed into the ocean.

President Obama will arrive in New Jersey Wednesday afternoon to survey the damage with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.  Obama declared parts of New Jersey, along with parts of New York, a major disaster area, which would allow federal funding for storm-related repairs.

More than eight million people are still without power across several states and Sandy is now being blamed for at least 50 deaths in the U.S.

Hundreds of thousands of people who had to evacuate their homes are now wondering what -- if anything -- was left.  For those residents living on the New Jersey coastline, Christie described the damage as "unfathomable" and "unthinkable."

"The boardwalk we walked on together this summer greeting residents, talking to those business owners, it's gone," Christie said at a Tuesday evening press conference after surveying the damage.

Images from around the storm-affected areas depicted scenes reminiscent of big-budget disaster movies.  In Atlantic City, N.J., a gaping hole remained where a stretch of boardwalk once sat by the sea.

"It won't be same.  It will be different because many of the iconic things that made it what it was are now gone and washed into the ocean," Christie said.

Christie said that he plans on speaking to Obama about getting Army Corps of Engineers into the state to begin rebuilding as soon as possible, especially the Jersey Shore.

"As a kid who was born and raised in this state and who spent a lot of time over my life, both my childhood and my adult life, at the Jersey Shore.  We'll rebuild it.  No question in my mind we'll rebuild it," the governor said.

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Thursday
Jun142012

Obama Signs Beam at One World Trade Center

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) -- President Obama and the First Lady got a firsthand look Thursday at the new skyscraper being built to replace the World Trade Center towers destroyed in the September 11 attacks.

“It looks beautiful,” the president said to his wife as they glanced out a window on the 22nd floor to the National September 11 Memorial below.

After touring the new One World Trade Center, the president thanked the workers for building the “incredible structure,” which will rise to a symbolic 1,776 feet to become the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

“We couldn’t be prouder of you guys. This is what the American spirit is all about,” the president told the hard-hat wearing construction workers, according to reports.

The president, who was also joined by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, then signed one of the final steel beams to be installed in the building with a message to all Americans.

“We remember. We rebuild. We come back stronger! Barack Obama,” the president wrote.

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Thursday
Feb162012

New Jersey Legislators Say 'Yes' to Gay Marriage Bill

Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg via Getty Images(TRENTON, N.J.) -- New Jersey lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that will legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

Governor Chris Christie has promised to veto the bill, which passed in the Democratic-controlled state assembly by a 42-33 vote. Republican legislators in New Jersey would like to see the state's voters decide the issue.

But with the likely possibility of Christie's veto and a November referendum, it seems this is just the beginning for the battle over gay marriage in the state.

Christie has 45 days to veto the bill. Democrats will then have just under two years to override the veto by gathering the necessary two-thirds majority.

The bill passed Thursday would make New Jersey the eighth state to recognize same-sex marriage.

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Friday
Sep302011

NJ to Pay Feds $95 Million Over Stalled Tunnel to New York City

Office of the Governor, State of New Jersey(WASHINGTON) -- If New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie one day enters the race for the Republican presidential nomination, he’s going to have to write some big checks.

None are likely to be as big as the nearly $100 million the governor’s state agreed to pay Friday over a stalled $3 billion tunnel project that was supposed to link northern New Jersey to Manhattan. The project, called the “ARC” tunnel, was the largest transit project in history, according to the Department of Transportation.

In a press release issued Friday, the DOT announced that it had signed an agreement with Christie to recoup $95 million of the $271 million federal dollars that have been committed to the project.

“The $95 million settlement will permit DOT to recover all of the $51 million in New Starts money provided to New Jersey for the ARC project, so that those funds can be made available to other communities for public transit projects,” said the DOT.

Additionally, the agreement struck between New Jersey and the Feds requires the state to spend another $128 million on transit projects.

A Department of Transportation official praised the efforts of New Jersey’s two Democratic senators, Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, in helping broker a deal.

“Sens. Lautenberg and Menendez deserve the lion’s share of the credit for helping to broker a solution that will ensure New Jersey taxpayers have to pay back a much smaller amount than what Gov. Christie owes and that the state must now proceed with other transit projects that benefit residents,” said this official.

Christie released a statement praising the deal, saying it won’t cost New Jersey residents any money out of their pockets.

“I am pleased to announce that we have negotiated a good-faith settlement with the Federal Transportation Administration that puts the interests of New Jersey taxpayers first by substantially reducing the federal government’s original demand,” said Christie.

As for the tunnel connecting New Jersey and Manhattan, for now there’s just a hole in the ground.

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Tuesday
Sep272011

NJ Gov. Chris Christie Vetoes 'Snooki Subsidy'

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TRENTON, N.J.) -- Last month, as Hurricane Irene threatened to strike, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie famously told vacationers along the Jersey Shore to "get the hell off the beach."

On Monday, the governor expressed a similar sentiment about a film tax credit that would have gone to the MTV reality television series, Jersey Shore.

Christie announced Monday he is vetoing $420,000 in tax credits -- which cleverly came to be known as the "Snooki Subsidy" -- and which the state’s Economic Development Authority was set to provide to the show.

"We must ensure that our limited taxpayer dollars are spent on programs and projects that best benefit the State of New Jersey,"  Christie said in a statement. "I have no interest in policing the content of such projects; however, as Chief Executive I am duty-bound to ensure that taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the State and its citizens."

According to a release from the governor’s office, Christie cited his “long held, serious concerns about the limited value and return on the cost of the New Jersey Film Tax Credit Transfer Program” in his veto letter.

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Friday
Oct082010

New Jersey Governor Scraps Tunnel to New York 

Photo Courtesy - State of New Jersey(TRENTON, NJ) -- A construction project that would have linked New Jersey and New York by an underground rail tunnel has been scuttled by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

It’s estimated that the Hudson Rail project, the largest transportation undertaking in the nation, would have created 6,000 jobs.

However, Christie says the state is broke and can’t afford the cost of the tunnel, which he claims might cost as much as $14 billion, far more than the $8.7 billion projected price tag.

Even with the federal government and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey pledging $6 billion toward the project, the governor said his state couldn't come up with the balance.

The tunnel was intended to double the rail capacity into New York and ease the ever-growing congestion on the roads between the two states.

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