In the history of mankind, many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state. TR

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Does New Jersey Play in Iowa?

Here’s some video of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie telling a heckler to “sit down and shut up.” Now, where I come from – New York City, originally – this what’s known as “polite conversation.” But will Christie’s directness play when he gets out in the rest of the country to campaign for president? It’s hard from me to judge. What do you think?

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Obama Gets It Right on the Quarantine

The White House was correct this weekend to pressure New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to change their short-sighted, misguided Ebola quarantine policies, which are more likely to harm than help the citizens of their states. President Obama, of course, has only himself to thank for the governors taking matters into their own hands. The current federal policy, which as

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Romney to Campaign with Christie

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will attend a fundraiser Thursday with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a signal from Romney that he’s down with Christie despite not choosing him as a running mate and Christie’s embrace of President Obama in the days before the 2012 election. The fundraiser is not for Christie, it’s for the Republican Governors’ Association. But the joint appearance of Romney and Christie

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Charge: Christie Knew About Lane Closings

The New York and New Jersey Port Authority official who oversaw the George Washington Bridge lane closing last year is charging that Gov. Chris Christie knew about the incident while it was ongoing, despite Christie’s denials, according to the New York Times. From the piece: In a letter released by his lawyer, the official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was

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Christie Learns his Lesson About the Media

Journalists love a straight talker. They adore someone like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who lets his authenticity all hang out. But the media, Christie discovered this past week, love other things too. They love the storyline of building a politician up and then watching him plummet into a crevice of his own making. It’s so so juicy for a popular politician to face his

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Feds Probe Whether Christie Misused Sandy Funds

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is investigating whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie misused federal Hurricane Sandy relief funds by creating ads that featured him and his family as he campaigned for reelection. The probe of the possible political use of the funds was in response to questions raised by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), according to CNN: Pallone wrote that he was concerned

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Democrats Seize Moment to Take Down Christie

Are the Democrats worried about facing Chris Christie in the general election? You bet. That’s the only logical conclusion that can be drawn from the THREE videos the Democratic Party has released in recent days targeting Christie over the traffic flap. If they wanted him as an opponent, they’d leave him alone and let him win the primaries. Here’s the latest one.

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Obama Administration to Probe Christie Scandal

New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman will investigate the closing of lanes leading to the George Washington bridge, a traffic jam-inducing move that has embroiled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a scandal over whether the closures were political payback. Would this in any kind of way, remotely be, – How could I even think such a thing? – but possibly could be, an attempt

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Christie Kills Opponent With Kindness

This was pretty skillful, I thought. Gosh, I’ve been covering politicians for years and have built up a rich store of cynicism about them, easily tappable at any moment, but even I think he might be at least partially sincere. Have a little 2016 preview. H/T to The Daily Caller.

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Christie Slams Obama . . . for Not Reining in Republicans

If you needed proof that Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is no conservative . . . Christie said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday that he sees “stuff” the GOP puts on the floor of Congress that “shocks” him, and he wishes President Obama would take a “leadership” role to corral those crazy Republicans and their counterparts in the Democratic Party. “Nobody’s playing the middle

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Six Reasons to Care About Obama’s Trip to Asbury Park

President Obama travels to Asbury Park, New Jersey today. Here’s why you should care: 1. It’s good that he’s doing it Yes, there is a legitimate reason for this trip. New Jersey suffered badly from the hit it took from Hurricane Sandy, and the president ought to go and show the nation’s concern and see how all those federal tax dollars are being spent. But

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