November 5, 2013 The big news is expected to be from the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia. Other races to watch include mayoral contests in New York, Boston, Detroit and Minneapolis. Also, many states and localities have ballot initiatives — including whether the Astrodome should be torn down.
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Jimmy Fallon and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during their slow jap on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
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June 13, 2013 Double entendres, weight jokes and 2016 references were aplenty when the Republican governor got funny with NBC's late night guy. President Obama did the same thing when he slow jammed with Jimmy last year.
June 6, 2013 Jeffrey Chiesa will fill the seat vacated by the death this week of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Chiesa will not be a candidate in the state's Oct. 16 special election.
Lautenberg's GOP opponents: Millicent Fenwick 1982, Pete Dawkins 1988, Chuck Haytaian 1994, Doug Forrester 2002 and Dick Zimmer 2008.
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June 5, 2013 The death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg has thrown a monkey wrench onto the plans of N.J. Gov. Chris Christie. Calculations about Lautenberg's successor, and when to hold the special election, may affect Christie's re-election path this year ... as well as a potential White House bid in 2016.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).
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June 4, 2013 Lautenberg, a Democrat, died on Monday. New Jersey's Republican governor says his state's voters should determine who will be the senator's successor. Christie will only name someone to serve in the interim.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie earlier this month.
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May 24, 2013 Hurricane Sandy devastated the state's coast last fall. But along 80 percent of New Jersey's shore this summer, "you won't notice any difference," says Gov. Chris Christie. He wants tourists to know that.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gives details on his 2014 state budget in Trenton, N.J., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.
March 4, 2013 Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, is immensely popular, an apparent shoo-in for a second term this year. But his decision to take Obamacare money and federal relief help in the wake of Hurricane Sandy cost him an invitation to speak at a key conservative conference this month.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. on Sept. 27.
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October 3, 2011 President Obama is seen as more vulnerable than ever, but some Republicans are still not satisfied with their choices for 2012. N.J. Gov. Chris Christie is the subject of the latest draft effort, but his mixed record won't please everyone in the party.
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