Chris Christie Booed at Times Square Super Bowl Rally

Chris Christie at today's ceremony. (Photo: Christopher Gregory/Getty)
Chris Christie at today’s ceremony. (Photo: Christopher Gregory/Getty)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” scandal today followed him all the way across the George Washington Bridge and into New York City.

At a Times Square Super Bowl hand-off ceremony, where Mr. Christie was on hand to pass the figurative baton to Arizona’s governor, who will host the game next year, Mr. Christie was booed both when he was introduced and as he addressed the sports fans gathered. Continue reading “Chris Christie Booed at Times Square Super Bowl Rally”

Video: Bill de Blasio Taunts Son After Toboggan Victory

Dante de Blasio and Bill de Blasio after their third go down the slide.
Dante de Blasio and Bill de Blasio after their third go down the slide.

Mayor Bill de Blasio repeatedly slid down the “Super Bowl Toboggan Run” today to celebrate tomorrow’s big game. But what the mayor was really excited about was beating his son, Dante, down the slide one try.

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Bill de Blasio and His New Band Bring a Show to Times Square

The band and their groupies.
Bill de Blasio’s band.

“This endorsement is music to my ears,” declared Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, clearly in pun-mode this morning as he stood between a drum kit and an Elmo character greeting passersby on a crowded corner of Times Square.

This seemed to be the motto of the today as Mr. de Blasio received the endorsement–and instrumental accompaniment–of Local 802, which represents musicians playing in Broadway musicals, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and other gigs.

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Bloomberg Uses Terror Announcement to Bash Anti-Camera ‘Special Interests’

An NYPD counterterrorism  officer watches cameras after the Boston attack. (Photo: Getty)
An NYPD counterterrorism officer watches cameras after the Boston attack. (Photo: Getty)

During his press conference announcing that Boston Marathon bombers intended to target Times Square, Mayor Michael Bloomberg slamed “special interests” he accused of trying to block the city from installing crime-fighting surveillance cameras.

“The role that surveillance cameras played in identifying the suspects was absolutely essential to saving lives, both in Boston, and now we know here in New York City as well,” Mr. Bloomberg told reporters at City Hall.

“We’ve made major investments in camera technology–not withstanding the objections of some special interests,” he continued. “And the attacks in Boston, I think, demonstrate just how valuable those cameras can be.”

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Bloomberg Confirms Boston Bombers Were Headed to Times Square

Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly during the briefing. (Photo: NYC.gov)
Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly during the briefing. (Photo: NYC.gov)

This afternoon, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly confirmed reports that the suspects of the Boston Marathon bombing attack allegedly had intended to bring their explosive arsenal to unsuspecting crowds in Times Square.

The brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, were foiled when the car they hijacked ran low on gas, forcing them to stop at a nearby gas station. That’s when their hostage escaped, setting the scene for a dramatic shootout and manhunt where Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured.

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Report: Boston Marathon Bombers Discussed Targeting Times Square

Times Square (Photo: Wikimedia)
Times Square (Photo: Wikimedia)

The two suspects involved in the deadly bombing of the Boston Marathon planned to detonate the rest of their explosives in Times Square, according to NBC 4 New York, a plot echoed by the New York Post, Reuters and many other outlets.

It was initially said that the accused duo, Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, were planning to come to New York to “party,” but earlier this afternoon, widespread reports emerged that Dzhokhar told investigators that he and his brother discussed using their remaining explosives against the city’s tourist-filled landmark.

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Mayor Bloomberg Reflects on Spending New Year’s Without a Kiss From Gaga

Mayor Bloomberg's press conference today.
Mayor Bloomberg’s press conference today.

At last year’s New Year’s Eve festivities, Mayor Michael Bloomberg lit up the stage when he shared a smooch with the pop sensation Lady Gaga. This year, however, Mr. Bloomberg will be joined by the Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall’s precision dance group. At his press conference this afternoon trumpeting another record year for New York’s tourism industry, Politicker asked Mr. Bloomberg if he expects tonight’s celebration to top the time he spent with Lady Gaga.

“You know, I don’t–Lady Gaga, she was–I don’t know. I mean, I just–you know, with these six here, what am I supposed to say?” Mr. Bloomberg stammered, gesturing to the Rockettes who joined him for the media availability. The dancers laughed and smiled politely.

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