Meeting of the Minds
TAMPA, Fla. — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who gave the keynote speech at the Republican National Convention last night, told the story of the meeting where he agreed to endorse Mitt Romney at a breakfast hosted by the New Hampshire and Pennsylvania delegations in a Doubletree Hotel by the Tampa airport this morning. Mr. Christie said he made the decision when Mr. Romney and his wife, Ann, visited the Christie homestead last fall for what was supposed to be a quiet business lunch. However, Mr. Christie’s children had other plans.
Hey, have you seen New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s goofy web video with Newark hero-Mayor Cory Booker? Have you? Have you? Well, if you’re famous enough, Mr. Christie has probably tried to pitch it to you over Twitter.
Last night, the official account of the New Jersey Governor tweeted at Saturday Night Live and Seth Meyers, suggesting Mr. Christie and Mr. Booker would be good for a sketch on the show. Cute. But a quick glance further into his feed shows clear and troubling signs of desperation.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker filmed a video for the annual New Jersey Press Association Legislative Correspondents Club Show spoofing Mr. Booker’s reputation as the “supermayor” and Mr. Christie’s widely rumored status as a potential vice presidential pick for Mitt Romney. The video begins with Mr. Christie trying to come up with something “even bigger” than Town Halls to energize his administration. He gets the idea to try to copy Mr. Booker’s daring rescue of a woman in a house fire last month by similarly saving someone from a disaster, but at every turn, Mr. Booker has already beat him to it.
“I got this,” Mr. Booker says.
“Booker!” Christie replies angrily each time his efforts are thwarted.
The Future Is Now
Not long ago, the political and media cognoscenti maintained a strict code of conduct: never—except in the privacy of a late night bar stool, after all the recorders have been turned off and the stories filed—should the next presidential election be speculated upon before the current one concludes. Eventually, after the last of the ballots were counted, some poor pundit would find himself on cable news, and with the newly completed campaign season no longer able to stomach more blather, he would gamely look ahead to the campaign four years hence.
And the world, it seemed would emit a loud groan. Too soon! We are politics-sick! No more horse-race frivolity!
Not so in 2012.
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Shelly Silver spiked the football with President Obama’s Albany visit.
Liz Benjamin’s got the low-down on the guest list.
Barack Obama’s tech team are putting together a fundraiser in Brooklyn tonight.
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is taking his show on the road and traveling to Wisconsin to stump for that state’s embattled governor, Scott Walker, who’s facing a recall election over his decision to eliminate collective bargaining for public employees. Mr. Christie’s trip to Wisconsin will kick off a summer tour of conservative events that will take him to Washington D.C., Kentucky and Chicago where he’s appearing at the regional conference of the Conservative Political Action Committee alongside Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann and Bobby Jindal.
Peter King appeared on the radio show of his favorite insult companion, Don Imus, today to talk about Gov. Chris Christie’s anger over the New York Police Department’s spying in New Jersey.
According to Mr. King, Gov. Christie “resents Ray Kelly.”
“I did sense that when Gov. Christie was U.S. attorney in New Jersey and he had a phone conversation with Ray Kelly on something and he didn’t think Ray Kelly showed him enough respect, and I think that is still lingering out there.”
A stealth PAC that has supported New Jersey Governor Chris Christie with a $1.5 million television ad campaign is linked to the same political consultancy that has raised $12 million for a super PAC that backs Mitt Romney. Carl Forti, who was Mitt Romney’s National Political Director for his 2008 campaign, has since been dubbed Mitt Romney’s “money man” because of his work with Restore Our Future PAC, a political action committee created to support Mr. Romney in this election cycle. A partner at Mr. Forti’s Black Rock Group is also working with the Committee For Our Children’s Future, a stealth PAC dedicated to promoting the “reform movement” led by Mr. Christie, who many observers speculate could be a running mate if Mr. Romney is victorious in his quest for the Republican nomination.
hudson river blues
Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t see eye to eye with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on how much information New Jersey is getting from the New York City Police Department.
Yesterday, Governor Christie indicated his state was receiving very little information. “9/11 was not prevented because law enforcement agencies weren’t talking to each other, they were being selfish, they were being provincial, they were being paranoid, they were being arrogant,” he warned. “I do not want to return to those days.”
After a recently leaked New York Police Department document revealed extensive surveillance operations of mosques and Muslim-owned businesses in Newark, New Jersey, critics pounced. However, on John Gambling’s radio show this morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg argued the attacks of September 11th proved the need to monitor the Garden State.
“You’ve got to remember, an awful lot of 9/11 hijackers stayed in New Jersey for an extended periods of time, training, planning their attacks,” he said. “Mohamed Atta, the ringleader of the attacks, often met with others in Newark to coordinate and plan the attacks, including selecting which flights to hijack. There’s a reason to take a look at Newark here.”
“The people of Newark New Jersey, the people of New Jersey, are protected as well,” he added. “The NYPD is trying to stop terrorism in the entire region. If we knew about at threat in Newark, we wouldn’t say, ‘Oh, that’s yours. You worry about it.’ Quite the contrary.”