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Lawmakers in New York and Connecticut are pushing to ban the sale and possession of  “bump stocks,” devices that convert semiautomatic weapons into automatic firearms. 

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Phil Murphy campaign photo

In New Jersey, front-running Democrat Phil Murphy topped Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno on Tuesday to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie. Murphy has led Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in the polls and fundraising. Murphy steered the campaign toward the unpopular term-limited incumbent, linking Guadagno to Christie frequently. He also tried to rouse Democrat-leaning New Jersey's dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump and vowed to block Trump on immigration policies if elected.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Jul 16, 2014
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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's possible run for president, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo raising money for his campaign, and Bill de Blasio's vacation plans that might upset some railroad workers.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and trains transporting oil through the Port of Albany.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Feb 28, 2014
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WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock talks about the latest scandal engulfing Chris Christie's administration and the veto of Senate Bill 1062 by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

Democratic U.S. Congressmen from Massachusetts and New Jersey are voicing their disapproval of the decision by Charlie Baker, a Republican nominee for Governor of Massachusetts, to join New Jersey Governor Christie Christie at fundraiser in Boston Thursday night.

1/22/14 Panel

Jan 22, 2014

    Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf, and Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Pre-K Dispute
VA Gov Indicted
Christie called to Leave RGA
Yale Tangle
NSA Poll

Cuomo On GWB Scandal: "Everybody Wants The Facts"

Jan 20, 2014
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's still looking for the facts behind a traffic reconfiguration at the George Washington Bridge that created a huge traffic jam in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie fired a top aide and distanced himself from his campaign manager after emails and texts revealed that the traffic changes had been ordered by people in his administration for the express purpose of tying up traffic.

Cuomo was asked about the scandal as he left the Rev. Al Sharpton's headquarters on Saturday.

Blagojevich Prosecutor To Lead NJ Scandal Inquiry

Jan 16, 2014

The federal prosecutor who helped convict former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is being asked to investigate the apparent political payback scandal involving New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration.

The New Jersey Assembly tapped former assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar, who helped convict Blagojevich of corruption, as special counsel Wednesday.

The special counsel will advise a legislative committee investigating a plot that shut down lanes to the George Washington Bridge for four days in September.

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In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was a rising star in the Republican party, poised for a legitimate shot at the White House. But “Bridgegate” is threatening to tarnish his reputation, even though he vehemently denied involvement in the scandal that pinned the closing of two lanes of the George Washington bridge for political retribution on two of his top aides.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Jan 14, 2014
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WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock talks about NJ Gov. Chris Christie, the conviction of New York Assemblyman Eric Stevenson and the retirement of Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak.

Christie Faces Criticism, Silence From GOP Rivals

Jan 14, 2014

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has found little support — and sharp criticism in some cases — from the slate of potential rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.

At the same time, would-be allies from states including Iowa and New Hampshire have been slow to rally behind the Republican governor, whose administration appears to have created a massive traffic jam to punish a political adversary.

Even strong supporters acknowledge the New Jersey investigation is far from over.

Partisans Divided Over Scandal Fallout For NJ Gov

Jan 13, 2014
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Prominent Republicans are leaping to New Jersey GOP Governor Chris Christie's defense, insisting that a traffic scandal won't ruin his chances of running for president.

New Jersey Democrats also took to the Sunday talk shows to ask how a hands-on manager like Christie wouldn't have known about a plan by a top aide to close lanes to the George Washington Bridge. They say that may have broken federal and state laws.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Jan 13, 2014
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WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock talks about the controversy currently engulfing NJ Gov. Chris Christie and an agreement with Iran potentially freezing much of Tehran's nuclear program.

NJ's Christie Looks To Recover After Staff Shakeup

Jan 10, 2014

A wounded Chris Christie is working to move beyond the most challenging test of his political career.

But the New Jersey Republican governor's critics promise to keep probing a traffic scandal that rocked his administration this week and threatens to tarnish his national image ahead of the next presidential contest.

Christie's allies suggest the worst is behind him, although federal prosecutors are examining the case and thousands more internal documents are scheduled for release on Friday.

NYC Mayor: NJ Bridge Lane Closures 'Immoral'

Jan 10, 2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has called the apparently politically inspired lane closures on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge "immoral."

De Blasio told reporters Thursday that Gov. Chris Christie was right to apologize and take action but said closing lanes is, "not professional, it's not mature, it's absolutely immoral."

The Democratic mayor said New Yorkers were affected by the September traffic jams. He said there are still bigger questions about what happened and called the closures "unacceptable."

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Dec 27, 2013

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses a new poll out showing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton neck and neck in a possible presidential race.

New Jersey Governor's Office

New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie was in Burlington Wednesday night as the keynote at a Vermont Republican Party fundraiser. The event and access to Christie were closed to the media. The move sparked criticism from local television and newspapers and a commentary from a former Washington, D.C. reporter. 

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock is back and in the studio this morning  with Morning Edition host David Guistina. Chartock talks about the deadly Typhoon Haiyan slamming into the Philippines this weekend and a potential presidential bid for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

NJ Gov. Christie To Visit Vt. For GOP Fundraiser

Nov 8, 2013
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is coming to Vermont where he will speak at the state Republican party's "Welcome Winter Gala."

The Dec. 11 event is being hosted by Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and Rep. Heidi Scheuermann.

The Burlington Free Press is reporting that the tickets cost $50 per person, with a $1,000-per-couple private reception.

The event will be held at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction.

On Tuesday, Christie defeated Democratic challenger Barbara Buono to win his second term as governor.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Nov 6, 2013

Election Day is over and the results are in. WAMC political observer gives his thoughts on the New York City mayoral race, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and a few other races.

Republican Governor Chris Christie has cruised to re-election in Democratic-leaning New Jersey.

Christie scored a lopsided win against Democratic state Sen. Barbara Bouno. Christie campaigned on bipartisanship and pledged to be a model for dysfunctional lawmakers in Washington. Christie is openly considering a White House bid.

NJ Voters Weigh 2nd Term For Popular Gov. Christie

Nov 5, 2013

A lopsided race for New Jersey governor will be decided today when voters choose between Republican Governor Chris Christie and challenger Barbara Buono, a Democratic state senator.

Polls showed Christie leading by more than 20 points heading into Election Day. The governor could resign before a second term ends to run for president. The 51-year-old refused to rule out that possibility during a debate.

Buono says Christie already has one foot out the door. But the former Senate budget chairwoman has struggled to raise money and get a message out.

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ATLANTIC CITY – A study into the feasibility of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey taking over Atlantic City International Airport says there are opportunities for growth at the airport, Port Authority officials said Wednesday.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also announced his approval of a takeover of the facility by the bi-state agency.