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Governor Chris Christie Celebrates Hanukkah

christie menorah lightingTRENTON, NJ – Governor Chris Christie celebrates Hanukkah with the lighting of the Menorah in the outer office with Rabbi Steve Pruzansky, New Jersey Israel Commission Chairman Mark Levenson, Deputy Consul General of Israel in New York Amir Sagie, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Rabbi Yosef Carlebach, and Rabbi Mendy Carlebach in Trenton, N.J. on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.

(Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

Governor Schedules Press Conference Today at 1

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Revised Public Schedule for Governor Chris Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno for October 4.

Trenton, NJ – Please see below the revised public schedule for Governor Chris Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno for October 4. 
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

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MERCER COUNTY
WHO:               Governor Chris Christie
WHAT:             Press Conference                                          WHEN:             1:00 p.m. WHERE:           Governor’s Office, Outer Office                        125 West State Street                        Trenton, NJ
PRESS:            OPEN
                        Note: Valid press credentials are required

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OCEAN COUNTY
WHO:               Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno 
WHAT:             Gaspari Nutrition Company Visit                                          WHEN:             1:30 p.m. WHERE:           Gaspari Nutrition, Suite 230                        575 County Road 628                        Lakewood Township, NJ
PRESS:            OPEN

OCEAN COUNTY
WHO:               Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno 
WHAT:             KOMO Machine, Inc. Company Visit                                          WHEN:             3:00 p.m. WHERE:           KOMO Machine, Inc.                        1 Gusmer Drive                        Lakewood Township, NJ
PRESS:            OPEN

Governor Schedules Press Conference Today at 1

See the Press Conference Live

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Revised Public Schedule for Governor Chris Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno for October 4.

Trenton, NJ – Please see below the revised public schedule for Governor Chris Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno for October 4. 
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

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MERCER COUNTY
WHO:               Governor Chris Christie
WHAT:             Press Conference                                          WHEN:             1:00 p.m. WHERE:           Governor’s Office, Outer Office                        125 West State Street                        Trenton, NJ
PRESS:            OPEN
                        Note: Valid press credentials are required

.

OCEAN COUNTY
WHO:               Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno 
WHAT:             Gaspari Nutrition Company Visit                                          WHEN:             1:30 p.m. WHERE:           Gaspari Nutrition, Suite 230                        575 County Road 628                        Lakewood Township, NJ
PRESS:            OPEN

OCEAN COUNTY
WHO:               Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno 
WHAT:             KOMO Machine, Inc. Company Visit                                          WHEN:             3:00 p.m. WHERE:           KOMO Machine, Inc.                        1 Gusmer Drive                        Lakewood Township, NJ
PRESS:            OPEN

Jersey Guy Trails the President: But Then, So Does Everyone Else

fdu_public_mind_pollMADISON, NJ – Visits to or from Iowa notwithstanding, New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie does not stack up as well against President Barack Obama now as he did just a few months ago. In a head-to-head match-up against Obama, Christie trails 34%-50%, a backslide from 40%-46% measured in March, according to a new national poll of registered voters by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™.

The president’s approval rating is slightly positive, 47%-45%, an improvement from a negative 44%-48% during his previous trial heat with Chris Christie in March.  Meanwhile, Christie’s approval back home in New Jersey took a turn for the worse, declining to 44%-44% (reported here May 24) from 51%-41% in early April.

“The president has had a better spring than the governor of New Jersey,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll. “As tough as the governor is, he has no Navy Seals to brighten his day, and he can’t use the helicopter whenever he wants. Instead, New Jersey voters are showing signs of budget-cutting fatigue — and budget reform happens to be the governor’s specialty.”

In fact, the president beats all Republican comers in trial heats, despite that three of five voters (61%) continue to say the country is “on the wrong track,” and just 28% say the nation is headed in the right direction.”

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney performs the best of a poorly performing lot, trailing the president by six points, 39%-45%.  Romney also attracts four of five Republicans and Republican “leaners,” a better showing than the rest of the field.

“Since Romney is by far the best known in the field, it would mean instant death if polls did not show him outperforming the field,” said Woolley.

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who is expected to announce her candidacy soon, trails 19 points behind at 32%-51%. But she is indistinguishable from former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (33%-52%), or former Speaker Newt Gingrich (30%-50%).  Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty lags in the pack, losing 29%-56%.

“It’s a good thing they’re getting an early start with the campaigns,” said Woolley. “They need the time.”

The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of 826 registered voters nationwide was conducted by telephone using both landlines and cell phones from June 1, through June 7, 2011, and has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percentage points.

Jersey Guy Trails the President: But Then, So Does Everyone Else

fdu_public_mind_pollMADISON, NJ – Visits to or from Iowa notwithstanding, New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie does not stack up as well against President Barack Obama now as he did just a few months ago. In a head-to-head match-up against Obama, Christie trails 34%-50%, a backslide from 40%-46% measured in March, according to a new national poll of registered voters by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™.

The president’s approval rating is slightly positive, 47%-45%, an improvement from a negative 44%-48% during his previous trial heat with Chris Christie in March.  Meanwhile, Christie’s approval back home in New Jersey took a turn for the worse, declining to 44%-44% (reported here May 24) from 51%-41% in early April.

“The president has had a better spring than the governor of New Jersey,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll. “As tough as the governor is, he has no Navy Seals to brighten his day, and he can’t use the helicopter whenever he wants. Instead, New Jersey voters are showing signs of budget-cutting fatigue — and budget reform happens to be the governor’s specialty.”

In fact, the president beats all Republican comers in trial heats, despite that three of five voters (61%) continue to say the country is “on the wrong track,” and just 28% say the nation is headed in the right direction.”

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney performs the best of a poorly performing lot, trailing the president by six points, 39%-45%.  Romney also attracts four of five Republicans and Republican “leaners,” a better showing than the rest of the field.

“Since Romney is by far the best known in the field, it would mean instant death if polls did not show him outperforming the field,” said Woolley.

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who is expected to announce her candidacy soon, trails 19 points behind at 32%-51%. But she is indistinguishable from former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (33%-52%), or former Speaker Newt Gingrich (30%-50%).  Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty lags in the pack, losing 29%-56%.

“It’s a good thing they’re getting an early start with the campaigns,” said Woolley. “They need the time.”

The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of 826 registered voters nationwide was conducted by telephone using both landlines and cell phones from June 1, through June 7, 2011, and has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percentage points.

Smart Politicians Making the Wrong Moves

jack_archibald_120There are some bright politicians making some strange moves after the election. Both parties have leaders making declarations that make their troops wonder what is going on.  For Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, one can only hope that it was the carry over of election euphoria that caused his mouth to run.

In an interview last week, the Kentucky Republican said that the goal of the GOP is to defeat President Obama in 2012. In the aftermath of the Republican sweep last Tuesday, Republicans have reason to feel good about their agenda.  However, the Senator should have been smart enough to focus on what the people want now, not what could happen in two years down the road.  The American people want politicians from both sides to work together and get this country back on track.  Even if your goal is to take the Presidency, keep that inside and focus on the job at hand, not your next campaign.

Like McConnell, another Republican missed the opportunity to step above the fray. By ordering Acting Education Commissioner Rochelle Hendricks to skip the New Jersey teacher’s convention in Atlantic City last week, Governor Chris Christie snubbed the union.  Instead, the Administration issued a statement challenging the NJEA to come to the table and work towards reforming the state education system.  The smart move would have been to Hendricks address the convention and take whatever lumps the NJEA saw fit to dole out.  Christie would have won the day by showing his respect for the teachers and the public would have viewed any disrespect towards Hendricks as another thuggish tactic from the union.  Instead, Christie reinforced his image as a bully to the teachers and missed a valuable opportunity to gain the upper hand in the PR battle with the NJEA.

Finally, to the delight of Republicans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared her candidacy to become Minority Leader of the House.  The Speaker should acknowledge that her reign resulted in over 60 Democrats to lose their seats, and her desire to be the top House Democrat only advances the GOP cause.  The public holds Pelosi partly accountable for the unpopular liberal agenda, and she will continue to be the Republican’s piñata for as long as she remains the Democratic face in the House.  The Democrats need to move on from the Pelosi years, but it appears that Pelosi will not be falling on her sword for the election disaster.   Like McConnell and Christie, maybe the Speaker needs to step back a little and assess the public temperature before forging ahead with a political blunder.

Smart Politicians Making the Wrong Moves

jack_archibald_120There are some bright politicians making some strange moves after the election. Both parties have leaders making declarations that make their troops wonder what is going on.  For Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, one can only hope that it was the carry over of election euphoria that caused his mouth to run.

In an interview last week, the Kentucky Republican said that the goal of the GOP is to defeat President Obama in 2012. In the aftermath of the Republican sweep last Tuesday, Republicans have reason to feel good about their agenda.  However, the Senator should have been smart enough to focus on what the people want now, not what could happen in two years down the road.  The American people want politicians from both sides to work together and get this country back on track.  Even if your goal is to take the Presidency, keep that inside and focus on the job at hand, not your next campaign.

Like McConnell, another Republican missed the opportunity to step above the fray. By ordering Acting Education Commissioner Rochelle Hendricks to skip the New Jersey teacher’s convention in Atlantic City last week, Governor Chris Christie snubbed the union.  Instead, the Administration issued a statement challenging the NJEA to come to the table and work towards reforming the state education system.  The smart move would have been to Hendricks address the convention and take whatever lumps the NJEA saw fit to dole out.  Christie would have won the day by showing his respect for the teachers and the public would have viewed any disrespect towards Hendricks as another thuggish tactic from the union.  Instead, Christie reinforced his image as a bully to the teachers and missed a valuable opportunity to gain the upper hand in the PR battle with the NJEA.

Finally, to the delight of Republicans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared her candidacy to become Minority Leader of the House.  The Speaker should acknowledge that her reign resulted in over 60 Democrats to lose their seats, and her desire to be the top House Democrat only advances the GOP cause.  The public holds Pelosi partly accountable for the unpopular liberal agenda, and she will continue to be the Republican’s piñata for as long as she remains the Democratic face in the House.  The Democrats need to move on from the Pelosi years, but it appears that Pelosi will not be falling on her sword for the election disaster.   Like McConnell and Christie, maybe the Speaker needs to step back a little and assess the public temperature before forging ahead with a political blunder.

Chris Christie, Not the Tea Party, is the Model Republican

gordon_bishopI was pleased to see that Ronald Reagan’s speech writer, Peggy Noonan, wrote a column endorsing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

This might be a good template for how Republicans approach the Tea Party as the election approaches 2010.

Peggy Noonan is a ‘Jersey Girl,’ girl who grew up in Rutherford, Bergen County, NJ. She was born Margaret Ellen Noonan on September 7, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York.

I can relate to Peggy Noonan because I also grew up in Bergen County, Hackensack, the Seat of Bergen. We both became authors, journalists and columnists.

Noonan is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson Unniversity at its Teaneck campus. My wife of more than 48 years, Jeanne Reed Bishop, grew up in Teaneck.

Five of Noonan’s books have been New York Times bestsellers. She is a trustee of the Manhattan Institute. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from Miami University; St. John Fisher College; her alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson University; Adelphi College, and Saint Francis. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on America: A Tribute to Heroes.

In her political writings, Noonan frequently cites the political figures she admires, including Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, and Edmund Burke.

Noonan married Richard W. Rahn, who was then chief economist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in 1985. They lived in Great Falls, Virginia. Their son was born in 1987.

Noonan and her husband were divorced after 5 years of marriage. In. 1989, she returned with her son to her native New York. In 2004, according to an interview with Crisis Magazine, she lived in a brownstone in Brooklyn Heights with her son, who attended the nearby Saint Ann’s School. She is a Roman Catholic.

Noonan currently lives in New York City. In 2010, she bought an apartment on the Upper East side of Manhattan.

In 1984, Noonan , as a speechwriter for President Reagan, authored his “Boys of Pointe du Hoc” speech on the 40th anniversary of D-Day. She also wrote Reagan’s address to the nation after the Challenger explosion, drawing upon the poet John Magee’s famous words about aviators who “slipped the surly bonds of earth..and touched the face of God.” The latter is ranked as one of the 10 best American political speeches of the 20th Century, according to a list compiled by professors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Texas A&M and based on the opinions of “137 leading scholars of American public address.. “The Pointe du Hoc’ speech ranges as the 60th best speech of the century.

She also worked on a tribute Reagan gave to honor John F. Kennedy at a fundraising event held at the McLean, Virginia home of Senator Edward M. Kennedy in the spring of 1984.

Later, while working for then Vice President George H. Bush, Noonan coined the phrase “a kinder, gentler nation” and also popularized “a thousand points of life,” two memorable catchphrases used by Bush.

Noonan also wrote the speech in which Bush pledged: “Read my lips: no new taxes” during his 1988 presidential nomination acceptance speech in New Orleans (Bush’s subsequent reversal of this pledge is often cited as a reason for his defeat in his 1992 re-election campaign.)

Before the Reagan years, Noonan worked as the daily CBS Radio commentary writer for anchorman Dan Rather at CBS News, who she called “the best boss I ever had.”

Noonan is now an author, a columnist for the Wall street Journal, and a commentator on news shows.Chris Christie should hire Peggy Noonan as his ‘Jersey Girl’ speechwriter, since Noonan thinks he would make a great Republican contender in the next Presidential election.

Noonan’s right. Christie has my vote in 2012.

(Gordon Bishop is a ‘Who’s Who in the World’ national award-winning author, historian, syndicated column and New Jersey’s First “Journalist-of-the-Year”–1986/New Jersey Press Association, founded in 1857.)

Role of Lt. Governor Unclear

jack_archibald_120For much of his first week after winning the election, Governor-elect Chris Christie traveled the state and engaged in some photo opportunities.  The second week saw Christie announce his transition team and the declaration that New Jersey’s budget problem was worse than he thought. At the same time, the Governor-elect has to make a decision that no other New Jersey Governor has ever had to face.

That question surrounds his Lieutenant Governor, Monmouth County Sheriff Kim Guadagno.  Now, Guadagno is not in any kind of trouble, it’s just that New Jersey has never had a Lieutenant Governor and the responsibilities for the job aren’t clearly defined.  In fact, the duties of the position are to be determined by the Governor and  Mr. Christie has not yet announced what formal role Sheriff Guadagno will fill.

The Governor-elect could have Ms. Guadagno run a state department.  Unlike other states where there is history for the Governor to go on, New Jersey will be swearing someone in the office for the first time.  Mr. Christie had hinted during the campaign that his Lt. Governor will be a member of his economic team.  Christie believes that someone should be out there promoting our state for business and helping those businesses navigate the state bureaucracy.  It can be a difficult process starting a business and probably not a bad idea to have someone that can cut through  the red tape that handcuff’s our business climate in New Jersey.

Whatever her duties, Christie has a good member of the team in Sheriff Guadagno, and Monmouth County will have a good advocate in Trenton.  Ms Guadagno is bright and energetic, two qualities that will be needed to right our economic ship.  It would be wise for Christie to look around and find the best candidate to run the Treasurer’s office, while keeping Guadagno closely involved.

Christie has aligned himself with a quality individual and we can be proud that a local Republican is second in command in Trenton.  It could be that good times are right around the corner, and if so, Christie and Guadagno are positioned properly for the challenge.  Neither Christie nor Guadagno strikes us as being budget whizzes, so they will be relying on a quality staff to tackle New Jersey’s budget problem.

Christie has some time to think about Guadagno’s role before she takes office,  and we hope that she can make the office of Lieutenant Governor a sought after position in future years.