NJ Politics Digest: The Mystery of Christie’s Place in Trump’s World

On this Monday in New Jersey, the big question is just what is Gov. Chris Christie’s political future in a new Trump administration following word Friday that he’d been replaced as head of the president-elect’s transition team.
Does this mean that Christie is being looked to for a high spot in Trump’s government, or – as the New York Post reports – does it mean that Trump is “disgusted” by the New Jersey governor, how he handled Bridgegate and his perceived disloyalty and is ready to cut him loose?
Whatever the answer, it should become clear very quickly, as Trump has already selected Reince Priebus as his chief of staff, a position once discussed as a possible landing space for Christie. Other selections are likely to be announced in coming days.
With national Democrats in turmoil following Trump’s victory, New Jersey’s Sen. Cory Booker is wasting no time putting himself at the forefront of efforts to rebuild the party. And with Trump’s win, questions remain about what the impact will be on healthcare and insurance coverage in the Garden State.

Quote of the Day: “A stupid thug who really needed to go,” – A Trump transition team source on Gov. Chris Christie.

Insiders say Donald Trump is ‘disgusted’ by Chris Christie
President-elect Donald Trump is so disgusted with Chris Christie’s handling of the Bridgegate scandal that he’s kicking the New Jersey governor out of his inner circle, The Post has learned.
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It’s not the first time Christie has been counted out
‘Chris Christie is over.
‘Chris Christie’s epic collapse.’
‘Chris Christie watched his political career end this week.’
It was not the first time Governor Christie’s life in politics was diagnosed as terminal
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The fall and rise of Chris Christie
In the cool dawn of Tuesday morning, under the buzzing neon lights of the polling place in tony Mendham Township, Gov. Chris Christie signed his name in the registration book, slipped quietly into the red-curtained voting booth and cast a ballot for his future.
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Christie replaced by Pence as head of Trump transition team
Governor Christie will take a lesser role in the transition effort of Donald Trump until Inauguration Day, after the president-elect named his running mate the new chairman on Friday.
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What Trump White House jobs could Christie get after losing transition chair post?
Gov. Chris Christie’s powerful standing in assembling President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet took a hit Friday afternoon when he was demoted as head of the transition team to vice chairman with a cluster of other Trump supporters.
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If Mr. Christie goes to Washington, his replacement is ready
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s reversal of fortunes thanks to President-elect Donald Trump’s victory could soon leave New Jersey with a new governor.
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The 25 ‘Trumpiest’ towns in New Jersey
Even though Hillary Clinton won New Jersey by 13 percentage points, it was 5 percentage points less than Obama in 2012.
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Potential repeal of Obamacare puts Christie in a tough spot
President-elect Donald Trump’s “repeal and replace” stance on Obamacare puts New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — and more than a dozen other Republican governors who chose to expand Medicaid — in a tough spot.
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5 ways departing Scott Garrett left his mark on N.J. and nation
Rep. Scott Garrett was the only House incumbent defeated in New Jersey on Election Day, falling to former White House speechwriter Josh Gottheimer in an expensive and nasty race.
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Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg backed this N.J. candidate
As he set a New Jersey fundraising record with $4.3 million in campaign contributions, Rep.-elect Josh Gottheimer got some help from some well-known names.
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Booker: ‘Disastrous’ if Trump governs as he campaigned
Sen. Cory Booker said people are justifiably frightened about Donald Trump’s presidency, Sen. Cory Booker said Sunday, but Trump has an opportunity to address that by governing in a different way than he campaigned.
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Booker: ‘I have deep concern about the future of our country’
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker said Sunday that “people are so fearful” in the wake of Tuesday’s election and expressed “deep concern” about America’s future.
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In Troubled Newark Archdiocese, Hoping Its New Leader Is a Pastor, Not a Prince
Bishop Manuel A. Cruz opened with a head count. “Four,” he said, looking out at the four parishioners in a small chapel behind the soaring Gothic sanctuary of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart here. ‘The perfect number, because it is the number we are here.’”
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Gubernatorial candidate: I will end Atlantic City takeover
Phil Murphy, the leading candidate for the Democratic New Jersey gubernatorial nomination next year, said he’ll cancel the state takeover of Atlantic City if he is elected.
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The time Donald Trump argued a state takeover would not make Atlantic City great again
If Atlantic City officials are searching for more assistance in their fight against a state takeover, maybe they should ask President-elect Donald Trump.
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‘Cat-and-mouse’ for AC ride-hail drivers
Joshua DeLeon earned $200 a week driving for Uber, a side job he used to buy an engagement ring for his girlfriend. Then he got a $300 ticket from Atlantic City for operating without a proper license, and he quit.
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N.J. pension bill would give more rights to public workers’ spouses
Public workers who want to cut their spouses out of inheriting their pensions to maximize benefits would have to get the loved one’s permission under a bill before the state Legislature.
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Morris Democrats vow to rise above Trump election
About 150 Morris County Democrats — many still reeling from Donald Trump’s historic election to the nation’s highest office — gathered on Saturday morning for a unity breakfast to share both their fears and hopes for the future.
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Morris women’s group in ‘fight of and for our lives’ after election
With a Donald Trump presidency looming, women’s groups are prepared to fight for their rights and make their voices heard.
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Ramsey pollster was one of few to call election for Trump
A lot of people are walking into Raghavan Mayur’s office in Ramsey these days to ask how he conducts polls.
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Now that it’s over, some voters wonder if they made the right choice
On Election Day, Juan Carlos Cinto faced an agonizing choice.
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Princeton expert got it wrong about Trump, so he eats a bug on TV
A Princeton University polling expert who said he would eat a bug if Donald Trump got more than 240 electoral votes has followed through on his promise.
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Adults are grappling with helping young people in aftermath of the election
At dinner tables, in classrooms and in counseling offices, adults are grappling with how to help young people work through their anxieties and emotions in the aftermath of the divisive presidential election.
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N.J. lawmakers eye Colorado ballot question that scares pot industry
When a contingent of New Jersey lawmakers visited Colorado last month to see the Rocky Mountain State’s marijuana-legalization program in action, they heard a lot about the panic created by a ballot question that was threatening to shut down part of the billion-dollar cannabis industry.
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In South Jersey, upstart candidates found edge in social media
The beginning of something big.
That’s how Jennifer O’Donnell, a Republican and the apparent winner of a school board seat Tuesday in Democratic-controlled Gloucester Township, describes the nonpartisan contest’s unofficial results.
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A question of raccoon cruelty for N.J. Supreme Court
They are a ubiquitous and often an irksome part of suburban life in New Jersey, known for carrying rabies and tearing through garbage.
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Opinion: What local experts expect in the new administration
The Record invited leaders and experts in key fields to offer their views on the Trump presidency. Here are excerpts:
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EDITORIAL: Don’t waste time on impeachment
State Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, has asked Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to consider opening impeachment proceedings on Gov. Chris Christie over his role in Bridgegate, whether he completes his term or not. Prieto and the Legislature shouldn’t waste their time.
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