NJ Politics Roundup: Christie-in-2016 speculation rises; Time defends cover – The Star-Ledger – NJ.com
TRENTON — Speculation over whether Gov. Chris Christie will run for president in 2016 continued to rise in the days after his landslide re-election victory.
The Republican governor tip-toed around questions — and discussed immigration, Obamacare, and more — while making the rounds on the morning political talk shows Sunday.
But several online bookmakers show Christie is the odds-on favorite to win the next Republican presidential nomination.
Meanwhile, Christie’s big win has already renewed questions about his record as critics place a target on his back.
And The Star-Ledger editorial board writes that the governor’s presidential strategy seems to be running as the “grown-up” compared to Washington lawmakers.
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BUONO’S DEMOCRAT STRATEGY
Gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono’s campaign strategy of attacking fellow Democrats was pushed by out-of-state consultants connected to the team that helped elect President Obama — and bitterly opposed by her New Jersey advisers, according to three people familiar with the campaign’s planning.
TIME DEFENDS CHRISTIE COVER
During a TV interview last week, Time magazine Executive Editor Michael Duffy defended a new cover featuring Christie that some felt took a cheap shot at the governor’s weight.
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HOW REPUBLICANS IN N.J. BUCKED CHRISTIE
Here is a look at how Republicans in the state Senate bucked Christie to keep Tom Kean Jr. as Senate Minority Leader.
SPECIAL-NEEDS INVESTIGATION UPDATE
A member of the state Department of Education’s School Ethics Commission resigned after a recent investigation into the spending of taxpayer dollars at New Jersey’s private schools for students with disabilities.
Meanwhile, state Senate President Stephen Sweeney said he wants to control spending by the schools.
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FROM THE WEEKEND …
• A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the legality of New Jersey’s newly enacted ban on gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors.
• Democrats plan a big push to grant in-state college tuition to undocumented immigrants and more for the “lame duck” session that lasts until lawmakers finish out their terms in January.
• The New Jersey State Police are investigating a “series of disturbing letters” — possibly written in blood — sent by a prison inmate to legislative offices throughout the state, according to a warning sent out by authorities and obtained by The Star-Ledger.
• John Sharpe James, the 45-year-old son of former Mayor Sharpe James, was sworn in as an at-large Newark city councilman.
Star-Ledger staff writers Christopher Baxter, Matt Friedman, David Giambusso, Ryan Hutchins, Susan K. Livio, Jenna Portnoy, Salvador Rizzo, Caryn Shinske, Tom Wright-Piersanti, and NJ.com reporter Darryl Isherwood contributed to this report.