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You know, something may go down tonight, but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart.
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That’s Governor Chris Christie’s response to a heckling protester at a Mitt Romney rally in New Hampshire. Christie continues to perpetuate the New Jersey tough guy jerk stereotype more than any boozing, overtanned guido at the shore. (Or as he calls it, "Jersey Style.")

-KH 

In early May, Gov. Chris Christie arrived at the Liberty National Golf Course in New Jersey for a political fund-raiser. Donors, many of them longtime backers of his, enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and views of the Lower Manhattan skyline while he spoke of the important work to be done on issues like jobs and the economy.

Not a single check was written to Mr. Christie’s campaign. Indeed, some of those in attendance were legally prohibited from doing so, because they had sizable contracts with state agencies and were therefore barred by New Jersey law from making large contributions to the governor.

Instead, the donors wrote checks for as much as $100,000 to the Republican Governors Association, an organization Mr. Christie helps lead that has collected $1.65 million from New Jersey donors during the first six months of the year.

The association has, in turn, poured $1.7 million into Mr. Christie’s re-election effort, with television advertisements attacking State Senator Barbara Buono, his Democratic opponent in the election this year.

Mr. Christie’s close relationship with the association provides a playbook for how carefully choreographed independent spending campaigns can undermine the rules meant to curtail the political influence of government contractors; New Jersey’s pay-to-play law strictly limits the participation of state contractors in political giving.

According to an analysis by The New York Times, a third of the $1.65 million the association raised in New Jersey came from people and businesses who had significant contracts with the state, or from utilities, which are prohibited from making any contributions to candidates for governor.

Did I say on topic? Are you stupid? On topic, on topic. Next question.
—  Gov. Chris Christie • To a reporter who asked an “off-topic” question during a press conference. New Jersey Governor Christie held a press conference Saturday to speak about a major problem at a local water treatment plant. When a reporter asked a question about a different topic (regarding the state legislature), Christie sort of yelled at him. “Thank you all very much, and I’m sorry for the idiot over there. Take care,” Christie said to end the press conference as the aforementioned reporter tried to follow up his question. source (viafollow)

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