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By Cal Thomas | November 9, 2013
Last August before a closed meeting of Republican leaders in Boston, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said, "We are not a debating society. We are a political operation that needs to win. " Tuesday night, Mr. Christie won. Big time. In one of the nation's bluest states, Governor Christie got 60.5 percent of the vote. His Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono, claims she lost because "Democratic political bosses" made a deal with Mr. Christie "despite him representing almost everything they're against.
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Jules Witcover | August 1, 2014
 For more than 60 years with hardly a break, the Republican Partyhas chosen as its standard-bearer someone who has been able to claim it's his turn. Not since military hero Dwight D. Eisenhower defeated Sen. Robert A. Taft of Ohio, whose supporters so contended in 1952, has a conspicuous outsider run away with the prize. Patience nearly always has been rewarded for party stalwarts, whether it was Richard Nixon in 1960, Barry Goldwater in 1964, Nixon again in 1968, Gerald Ford in 1976, Ronald Reagan in 1980, the senior George Bush in 1988, Bob Dole in 1996, the junior George Bushin 2000, John McCain in 2008 or Mitt Romney in 2012.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | April 13, 2014
Perhaps you missed ... a regional National Labor Relations Board decision that ruled Northwestern University's football players are "employees" subject to union representation. And before you dismiss this decision as the ravings of some bureaucrat laborite, remember that the appeal goes to the full Barack Obama-controlled board, now simply a satellite operation for the AFL-CIO. My readers can figure out the myriad problems with this concept on their own, but allow me one simple illustration of the awkwardness involved.
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April 15, 2014
Former Gov. Robert L. Whatshisname Jr. has done it again. According to him, Chris Christie is totally exonerated in Bridgegate because an investigation has totally cleared him from any involvement ( "Chris Christie is not a 'small ball' politician," April 13). What he left out is that the investigation was done by the New Jersey governor's office and none of the principals were interviewed. This is positively Nixonian to do a self-investigation and self-exoneration. It is in the style of Fox News to spin it in this manner.
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By Jules Witcover | January 31, 2014
As New Jersey Gov.Chris Christie plays the victim in the George Washington Bridge scandal, betrayed as he puts it by underlings in his office, much political crepe is being draped around his broad shoulders. But it doesn't necessarily have to be a shroud over his national ambitions. Surviving advisers say the governor will be pressing on, as recently elected chairman of the Republican Governors Association, with a six-state fund-raising and candidate-boosting tour in the Northeast, South and Rockies, focusing on party-building and his personal appeal as a straight-talker.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | January 26, 2014
I know and like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the man who has accomplished so much while leading a blue leaning, labor dominated northeastern state. And so it was with much angst that I watched the media circus (dressed up as a press conference) in the immediate aftermath of "Bridgegate" - the revenge play wherein two senior Christie staffers ordered lane closures on the congested George Washington Bridge - allegedly to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., who failed to support the governor's re-election campaign.
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By Jonah Goldberg | January 20, 2014
What a bizarre spectacle. Assuming he did not lie during his marathon news conference, the feeding frenzy surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be remembered as one of those incredibly odd moments of elite journalistic hysteria that are difficult to explain to people who weren't there or didn't get it. I'm not referring to the scandal itself; that's easy enough to understand. What Mr. Christie's team did was outrageous and deserves as much foofaraw and brouhaha as the New Jersey media can muster.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2011
Don't let your feelings one way or the other about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stop you from thinking dispassionately about what he has to say about the perils of state-run public television systems like the one we have in Maryland. Christie, a conservative, has been trying to get his state out of the public television business in an effort to cut ballooning state government costs. Maryland has most or all of the same kinds of money problems. And like New Jersey, Maryland is one of the states where the state, not a non-profit citizens group, holds the license, provides funds and controls content on the statewide public television operation.
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By Theodore G. Venetoulis | February 15, 2014
To someone who has been engaged for most of his life in both politics and the media, the parallel story lines of Chris Christie and Rupert Murdoch are fascinating. Both hold reputations as tough, hard-fisted taskmasters - brilliant, successful, in their respective fields: Murdoch as a publisher, Christie as a politician. Until recently, that is. They've stumbled. Some say mightily; others suggest only modestly. Governor Christie and his staff are under investigation for allegedly clogging up bridges, using federal funds inappropriately, bullying local officials and plying friendly politicians with appointments and lucrative projects.
NEWS
April 15, 2014
Former Gov. Robert L. Whatshisname Jr. has done it again. According to him, Chris Christie is totally exonerated in Bridgegate because an investigation has totally cleared him from any involvement ( "Chris Christie is not a 'small ball' politician," April 13). What he left out is that the investigation was done by the New Jersey governor's office and none of the principals were interviewed. This is positively Nixonian to do a self-investigation and self-exoneration. It is in the style of Fox News to spin it in this manner.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | April 13, 2014
Perhaps you missed ... a regional National Labor Relations Board decision that ruled Northwestern University's football players are "employees" subject to union representation. And before you dismiss this decision as the ravings of some bureaucrat laborite, remember that the appeal goes to the full Barack Obama-controlled board, now simply a satellite operation for the AFL-CIO. My readers can figure out the myriad problems with this concept on their own, but allow me one simple illustration of the awkwardness involved.
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By Jules Witcover | March 10, 2014
Gov. Chris Christie, beleaguered back in New Jersey and in the national media over the scandal of contrived traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge, unveiled his strategy for putting his 2016 presidential aspirations back on track the other day before the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. As they say in some unsavory Jersey quarters, he clammed up in the hope of making the problem go away. His earlier claim of having been kept in the dark about the plot to make a Democratic mayor pay for failing to endorse his successful re-election only heightened the political heat on him. So Mr. Christie pivoted to preaching to the choir on his conservative bona fides.
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By Theodore G. Venetoulis | February 15, 2014
To someone who has been engaged for most of his life in both politics and the media, the parallel story lines of Chris Christie and Rupert Murdoch are fascinating. Both hold reputations as tough, hard-fisted taskmasters - brilliant, successful, in their respective fields: Murdoch as a publisher, Christie as a politician. Until recently, that is. They've stumbled. Some say mightily; others suggest only modestly. Governor Christie and his staff are under investigation for allegedly clogging up bridges, using federal funds inappropriately, bullying local officials and plying friendly politicians with appointments and lucrative projects.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | January 31, 2014
As New Jersey Gov.Chris Christie plays the victim in the George Washington Bridge scandal, betrayed as he puts it by underlings in his office, much political crepe is being draped around his broad shoulders. But it doesn't necessarily have to be a shroud over his national ambitions. Surviving advisers say the governor will be pressing on, as recently elected chairman of the Republican Governors Association, with a six-state fund-raising and candidate-boosting tour in the Northeast, South and Rockies, focusing on party-building and his personal appeal as a straight-talker.
NEWS
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | January 26, 2014
I know and like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the man who has accomplished so much while leading a blue leaning, labor dominated northeastern state. And so it was with much angst that I watched the media circus (dressed up as a press conference) in the immediate aftermath of "Bridgegate" - the revenge play wherein two senior Christie staffers ordered lane closures on the congested George Washington Bridge - allegedly to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., who failed to support the governor's re-election campaign.
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By Jonah Goldberg | January 20, 2014
What a bizarre spectacle. Assuming he did not lie during his marathon news conference, the feeding frenzy surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be remembered as one of those incredibly odd moments of elite journalistic hysteria that are difficult to explain to people who weren't there or didn't get it. I'm not referring to the scandal itself; that's easy enough to understand. What Mr. Christie's team did was outrageous and deserves as much foofaraw and brouhaha as the New Jersey media can muster.
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November 25, 2012
Regarding letter writer D.B. Herman's claim that President Obama was "nowhere near" the disaster area after Hurricane Sandy, Is it possible he did not see the president with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie inspecting the destruction both from the air and on the ground ("Obama's disastrous storm response overlooked," Nov. 16)? President Bush viewed the mess from Hurricane Katrina from the comfort of Air Force One. Perhaps he joins the group of Republicans who chastised Chris Christie for praising the president for his quick response to and commitment to helping the governor and the state of New Jersey.
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November 5, 2012
Mayor Michael Bloomberg faces the nation, and we see the devastation to New York City and Long Island through his words. Gov. Chris Christie flies over the ravaged New Jersey coast and sees what horrific damage and destruction has been wreaked by the terrible storm. And then - wait a minute! Not to be outdone by his northern neighbors, our own Gov. Martin O'Malley boards a helicopter so that he can observe what cataclysm has befallen Crisfield. Crisfield! And did my eyes deceive me or was that his adolescent son also getting ready to board?
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January 17, 2014
Can someone enlighten me as to why a traffic jam in New Jersey causes more press interest than the killing of a U.S. border agent in Mexico ("In Christie's denial, shades of Tricky Dick," Jan. 13)? Could the reason be that one incident involves a Republican and the other some Democrats in high positions? F. Cordell - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Cal Thomas | November 9, 2013
Last August before a closed meeting of Republican leaders in Boston, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said, "We are not a debating society. We are a political operation that needs to win. " Tuesday night, Mr. Christie won. Big time. In one of the nation's bluest states, Governor Christie got 60.5 percent of the vote. His Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono, claims she lost because "Democratic political bosses" made a deal with Mr. Christie "despite him representing almost everything they're against.
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