Chris Christie

Chris Christie after re-election: Onwards and upwards

Chris Christie after re-election: Onwards and upwards

A dominant re-election victory in hand, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is pursuing a path to bolster his resume as a get-it-done Republican leader and to broaden a national network of political allies. This aggressive course is designed to strengthen his appeal as he considers whether to run for president in 2016. Christie faces stubborn […]

Voters to tea party: ‘Go to hell. Go straight to hell’

Voters to tea party: ‘Go to hell. Go straight to hell’

On Tuesday across America, voters had a strong message for tea party extremists who have hijacked the once-proud and formidable Republican Party. “Go to hell,” they told the tea party. “Go straight to hell.” That message was delivered strongly in Alabama where in a GOP Congressional primary runoff, business-backed Republican moderate Bradley Byrne convincingly defeated […]

Pragmatism and reality won big on election night

Pragmatism and reality won big on election night

Electability and pragmatism won. Ideology and purity lost. In Democratic-leaning New Jersey, voters gave Republican Chris Christie a second term and rewarded him for his bipartisan, get-it-done, inclusive pitch. In swing state Virginia, voters narrowly rejected Republican Ken Cuccinelli‘s uncompromising, conservative approach. If there’s a lesson from Tuesday’s off-year elections, it might be that during […]

Tuesday’s elections: A preview of what’s to come?

Tuesday’s elections: A preview of what’s to come?

The 2016 overtones were clear in this year’s two most high-profile elections. Republican Gov. Chris Christie‘s resounding re-election victory in Democratic-leaning New Jersey sets the opening argument for a possible White House run while Terry McAuliffe‘s gubernatorial victory gives fellow Democrats — if not his confidante Hillary Rodham Clinton, herself — a road map for […]

Two states, two different political agendas by Republicans

Two states, two different political agendas by Republicans

This fall’s races for governor in Virginia and New Jersey offer a revealing window into the fight for the future of the Republican Party. Virginia’s illustrates the challenges facing the tea party movement and the fallout from the government shutdown while testing how well the GOP’s conservative wing can compete in a presidential swing-voting state. […]

Chris Christie drops gay marriage fight in New Jersey

Chris Christie drops gay marriage fight in New Jersey

Gov. Chris Christie dropped his fight against gay marriage in New Jersey on Monday, framing the decision in a pragmatic way: No point in fighting a losing battle. Just hours after gay couples began exchanging vows with the blessing of New Jersey’s Supreme Court, Christie announced he was withdrawing his appeal to the high court. […]