Governor Chris Christie announced this afternoon that he had chosen New Jersey's attorney general, Jeffrey Chiesa, to assume the Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg, pending a special election.
In an email to supporters this afternoon, Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun control group formed by former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, urged New Jersey governor Chris Christie to appoint an interim senator who supports background checks.
"Senator [Frank] Lautenberg cannot be replaced," Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, wrote in the email under the subject line "Chris Christie's Big Decision."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced this afternoon that he will call a special election to replace senator Frank Lautenberg, who died yesterday morning.
In replacing Frank Lautenberg, Chris Christie will have to balance the political imperatives of 2013 and 2016. [Reid Pillifant]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled a detailed plan to help homeowners rebuild from Hurricane Sandy. [Dana Rubinstein]
Bloomberg said Ray Kelly has been "a phenomenal" police commissioner and "a very good manager." [Dana Rubinstein]
The death of Senator Frank Lautenberg presents a political quandary for Gov. Chris Christie.
Christie is better known that Cuomo, and Cuomo has the power to change that whenever he wants.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said today that he does not support "medical marijuana at this point," but also said that "the situation is an evolving one."(2)
Josh Margolin, who helped write the book about the pervasiveness of public corruption in New Jersey and has had several front-page scoops since joining the New York Post's City Hall bureau from the Star Ledger in late 2010, has been hired away by ABC News.(1)
A new Quinnpiac poll of New York State voters shows New Yorks' Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo leading New Jersey's Republican governor Chris Christie 46-38 percent, in a theoretical head-to-head matchup for the presidency.(2)
On Sunday morning, four months after Mitt Romney badly lost an election he thought he'd win, the former Massachusetts governor sat down with Fox News for his first television interview about what went wrong and what his role might be in the Republican Party's future.
"I recognize that I lost, so I'm not going to be the leader of the Republican Party," he said. "Other people will take that mantle. But I want to have influence on getting our party into a position where we can be successful in solving the problems the country has."
With the National Governor's Association holding its annual meeting in Washington this weekend, the Sunday shows were stocked with state executives, some of whom were clearly auditoning for a part in all the drama leading up to 2016.
The most conspicuous was Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who appeared on "Meet the Press" alongside Massachusetts' Democratic governor Deval Patrick.
While David Letterman was winding up a question about how New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie feels about being the punchline for a lot of fat jokes last night, Christie pulled a donut from his suit pocket and took a bite from it.
"I didn't know this was going to be this long," Christie deadpanned, to Letterman's amusement.
"All kidding aside is it an issue or is it not an issue," Letterman said. "Tell me how you see things."
They won’t say it publicly, but there is fear, genuine fear, among New Jersey Democrats that this year’s gubernatorial election will produce a Republican landslide not seen since the Tom Kean-era, threatening Democratic control of the legislature and key county offices.(5)
New Jersey governor Chris Christie is the only Republican who comes close to Hillary Clinton in a new national survey from Public Policy Polling.
Clinton bests him 44-42 in a highly hypothetical 2016 race.