Christie v. Walker on Life

In a CPAC interview with Laura Ingraham and from the main stage, Gov. Chris Christie demonstrated he knows you have to fight to get the GOP nomination, and if he goes down, he’s going down swinging, according to a personal communication: I’m pro-life; ran as a pro-life candidate in 2009, unapologeticaly. I spoke at the pro-life rally on the steps of the state house. I was the first Governor to ever speak at a pro-life rally on the steps of the state house of New Jersey. And I vetoed Planned Parenthood funding five times out of the New Jersey budget. (Big applause) And

Christie Speaks in Favor of PARCC Testing

The Wall Street Journal reports that after an event in New Hampshire last week, Chris Christie was asked about the state-mandated PARCC testing, which is affiliated with the Common Core standards. Despite his previously stated “grave concerns” with Common Core, Christie was in favor of continuing the PARCC tests. He said, “We need to have absolute standards and I believe in making sure that we test.” You can read the full story here.

Bush, Huckabee Ahead of GOP Pack

Frank, there may be no front-runner, but take a look at this CBS News Poll which asked Republicans who they would support and who they would definitely not support.  Bush and Huckabee lead the field with 49 percent and 46 percent, respectively. Rubio comes next at 37 percent, with Carson, Perry, Walker and Paul all in the low thirties. The only candidate who is strongly upside down on the support question (more people say they would not support him than say they would) is Chris Christie, with 43 percent saying they would not support him versus 28 percent who say they

WaPo Tries to Get Christie for Common Core “Flip-Flop”

WaPo today tries to frame Chris Christie as a flip-flopper for changing his mind about Common Core. In 2013 before the Common Core was implemented, Christie said: We’re doing Common Core in New Jersey and we’re going to continue. And this is one of those areas where I’ve agreed more with the president than not, and with (Education) Secretary (Arne) Duncan. They haven’t been perfect on this but they’ve been better than a lot of folks have been in terms of the reform movement and I think that part of the Republican opposition that you see in some corners of

The Jindal Effect

Bobby Jindal has almost single-handedly inserted the Common Core into the presidential narrative as a major campaign issue, siding with moms over experts and distinguishing himself from Jeb Bush, as I noted earlier. Both Christie and Bush appear to have noticed. Christie said in Iowa he now has “grave doubts” about Common Core. And Jeb Bush, fielding softball questions by his former deputy chief of staff Patricia Levesque, tried to move closer to the moms and away from the elites by de-emphasizing the federal government’s role in education, saying that it “ought to be to enhance reform at the local and

Christie Announces Concerns with Common Core

In Iowa on February 10, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie expressed his “grave concerns” with Common Core, according to The Des Moines Register. He attributed his concerns to the “way the Obama administration has tried to implement it through tying federal funding to these things.” Christie felt that having federal money tied to the standards changed it from the “voluntary type system” he initially supported. He stated that, “in the end education needs to be a local issue.” You can read the full report here.

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