Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (left) and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, both Republicans, made a watchdog group's list of bad governors that has a very disproportionate GOP skew.
July 19, 2013 When Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington issued a report listing 18 governors as the nation's "worst" it immediately raised eyebrows and some partisan ire for its notable tilt — just two were Democrats.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question during his news conference Tuesday in Trenton, N.J.
June 4, 2013 Gov. Chris Christie needed a plausible explanation for choosing a politically advantageous, if more costly, special election date to replace the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Maybe he found it.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is surrounded by security and journalists in 2012.
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May 7, 2013 Gov. Chris Christie said he had the surgery in February, motivated by his wife and kids and not a potential White House run.
May 6, 2013 Which leads us to ask: Who kills bugs using their bare hands?
Newark Mayor Cory Booker greets a 13-year-old at a relief center for those affected by Superstorm Sandy, in November.
December 20, 2012 The mayor of Newark, N.J., ended whatever suspense existed by saying he will "explore" a run for the U.S. Senate, not governor. He thereby averts a clash with the very popular Gov. Chris Christie.
Parts of New York were also suffering fuel shortages, including Staten Island, where there were long lines for gas Friday.
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November 3, 2012 The governors of both New Jersey and New York signed executive orders Friday intended to help address fuel shortages in areas hit by Sandy. The federal government also said it would be working to deliver fuel to the area.
October 31, 2012 President Obama and Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continued their display of post-hurricane bipartisanship. It was striking considering Christie's pointed criticisms of Obama before the disaster.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gives a press conference on Hurricane Sandy in Old Bridge, N.J., on Monday.
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October 30, 2012 The Tuesday before Election Day was not a day for presidential politics, at least not for GOP Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. Hours after Superstorm Sandy savagely hit his state, the man who has been a strong advocate for Republican Mitt Romney had effusive praise for President Obama.
Ann Romney is expected to play more of a traditional "first lady" role in tonight's address, while N.J. Gov. Chris Christie will likely throw some punches at the Obama administration.
August 28, 2012 Ann Romney and N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, two of tonight's speakers at the Republican National Convention, represent the event's two core messages: humanizing Mitt Romney (Ann's job) and bringing the attack against President Obama (Christie's strength).
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greets Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Des Moines, Iowa, on Dec. 30, 2011.
August 14, 2012 The man some Republicans once hoped would be their party's 2012 presidential nominee, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, will instead deliver the keynote speech at the national convention that will make Mitt Romney the GOP's official standard bearer.
Beth Myers, who leads Mitt Romney's search for a running mate, tweeted a less-than-random assortment of Republican politicians on Friday afternoon.
July 27, 2012 Beth Myers gave shout-outs to several of Mitt Romney's potential running mates. And then several more.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).
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July 18, 2012 Keynote speakers and vice presidential nominees give separate addresses. So unless tradition is going to be broken, choosing the New Jersey governor to deliver the keynote address at the GOP convention means he's not going to be on the ticket.
May 16, 2012 Gov. Chis Christie, the straight-talking former prosecutor widely assumed to be on Mitt Romney's short-list of vice presidential candidate choices, and Newark Mayor Corey Booker, appear in a Seinfeldian skit ("Newman!") that spoofs the hero status the Democratic mayor achieved a few weeks back when he rescued a neighbor from a fire. For good measure, it also takes a poke at Christie's vice presidential potential.
October 11, 2011 Mitt Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took aim Tuesday at Texas Gov. Rick Perry for a comment by a prominent Dalls preacher, a supporter of Perry's White House run, who called Mormonism a "cult."
October 11, 2011 Back in 2009 when he campaigned to be New Jersey's chief executive, Gov. Chris Christie got help from Mitt Romney who visited the Garden State to campaign for his fellow Republican. On Tuesday, Christie returned the favor by publicly endorsing Romney's bid to be the Republican Party nominee.
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