Political Capital

Elise Young



New Jersey governor Chris Christie speaks at the Economic Club of Chicago in Illinois on Feb. 11, 2014.

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie speaks at the Economic Club of Chicago in Illinois on Feb. 11, 2014.

Christie’s Stairway to Heaven: Mouth-Washing with Soap

Somewhere in the afterlife, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says, his mother’s mother probably wants to shake his hand — and then wash his mouth out with soap. In a commencement speech at Rowan University in Glassboro, the Garden State’s...

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wears a girl scout shirt given to him by a supporter during a town hall meeting in Brick Township, N.J., on April 24, 2014.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wears a girl scout shirt given to him by a supporter during a town hall meeting in Brick Township, N.J., on April 24, 2014.

Christie’s Girl Scouts T: ‘Smaller Size’ if Needed

How many pounds has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie shed since his weight-loss surgery last year? Enough to wear a T-shirt proclaiming: “Man enough to be a Girl Scout.” The governor, a 51-year-old Republican who may run for president in...

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Bruce Springsteen performs on March 1, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Bruce Springsteen performs on March 1, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Democrats for Springsteen, Republicans Christie — Nugent? Fuggedaboutit

Who’s the bigger New Jersey guy: Gov. Chris Christie or his idol, rocker Bruce Springsteen? Springsteen, silly, by 19 percentage points, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll. Hang on, though, for something beyond the usual survey fare. Ted...

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie speaking at the Economic Club of Chicago on Feb. 11, 2014.

Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

New Jersey governor Chris Christie speaking at the Economic Club of Chicago on Feb. 11, 2014.

Jersey Republicans: Stand up to MSNBC

You love Chris Christie. Now you can glom on to his American flag bling. That’s the message of a letter e-mailed to supporters by the New Jersey Republican State Committee, which today praised Christie, a potential 2016 candidate for president,...

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Democratic Senator Cory Booker, left, of New Jersey, fist bumps Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign, following the passage of the Employment Non Discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Nov. 7, 2013.

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Democratic Senator Cory Booker, left, of New Jersey, fist bumps Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign, following the passage of the Employment Non Discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Nov. 7, 2013.

Vegetarian Booker Gives Turkey-Brining Advice

He will replace your ruined breakfast. He will intervene on vexing commutes in the city where he is no longer mayor. He will tell you how to prepare the Thanksgiving turkey — and yet! — the man doesn’t even eat...

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Senate candidate Cory Booker, left, speaks during his second televised debate with Steve Lonegan (not pictured) at Pfleeger Concert Hall, Wilson Hall, Rowan University, on October 9, 2013 in Glassboro, New Jersey.

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Senate candidate Cory Booker, left, speaks during his second televised debate with Steve Lonegan (not pictured) at Pfleeger Concert Hall, Wilson Hall, Rowan University, on October 9, 2013 in Glassboro, New Jersey.

Booker’s Advantage Narrowing: Poll

Democrat Cory Booker’s advantage over Tea Party favorite Steve Lonegan is slipping n the special election campaign to replace the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg from New Jersey, according to a Monmouth University poll. Booker, 44, the Newark mayor, leads...

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