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)
This might be funny if weren't so sad: The mayor of Trenton, New Jersey, was arrested on federal corruption charges after allegedly taking a little more than $50,000 in bribes connected to development of a parking garage.
Tom Moran: Christie speaks directly, from the gut, which is central to his appeal. But it also makes him dangerous. In one recent incident on the boardwalk, he was recorded taunting a critic, almost as if he wanted to fight. He insulted a Navy Seal veteran at another event. You can get away with that in New Jersey, but it could be costly in a national campaign. Also, Christie has thin experience, just half of one term as governor. He said himself that he's not prepared to be president, a statement Democrats would highlight. I wonder, too, if his weight was an issue.(2)
U.S. attorney clears Bob Menendez of Christie trouble, and now maybe the Tea Party will help out, too
From the Department of Things That are About 5 Years Too Late comes news that there will be no prosecution of Bob Menendez. The announcement, conveyed by the feds in a letter to Menendez’s lawyer and reported over the weekend by the Star-Ledger, officially puts an end to what was Chris Christie’s funniest-smelling action as U.S. attorney for New Jersey.
Supporters and detractors are now unequivocally treating prospective presidential candidate Chris Christie as a full-blown contender.
The New York Post, continuing to leverage the contact list of Jersey-bred reporter Josh Margolin, rounds up supportive quotes from Republican lawmakers. The Star-Ledger, Margolin's old paper (and a paper that will be a must-read for all politics-minded Americans through primary season, at least, if Christie runs) is out with a piece that looks like a piece the Post ran yesterday, full of anonymous quotes indicating he's inching closer.
Only in New Jersey could it even possibly be a sign of a healthy, functioning political partnership when the president of the State Senate calls the governor "a rotten prick."
That's how Stephen Sweeney, a South Jersey Democrat who has led Trenton's upper chamber since 2009, characterized Chris Christie after the Republican governor used his line item veto powers late last week to cancel out funding for an array of health and social service programs that Sweeney and his fellow Democrats had inserted into the budget.