Friday, September 4th, 2015

All stories featuring Chris Christie

Christie hopes his take-charge style will set him apart

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie entered the 2016 race for president, promising to bring his "tell-it-like-it-is" style to Washington and the nation’s problems. So far he’s struggled in the polls and in his efforts to stand out in a field of 17 Republican candidates, many of whom are better financed and arguably better liked. However, he did snag one of 10 coveted spots in the first presidential debate last week. Christie, 52, considers his now famously brash persona his biggest positive. ''We need strength, decision-making and authority back in the Oval Office,'' he said in his announcement speech. Christie was considered a rising star of the national Republican party in his first term as governor in traditionally Democratic New Jersey. He was encouraged to run for president in 2012, but said the time was not right and backed Mitt Romney. Because of his high profile, he was picked to give the keynote speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention. But, a month before the presidential election, Christie publicly praised President Barack Obama’s relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy, a gesture that party conservatives considered a self-serving and troubling misstep. News reports out of the Northeast say a large percentage of New Jersey has soured on Christie as promises of an economic rebound have been replaced by sluggish job growth and a series of credit downgrades. Christie’s administration also has been plagued by problems with the state pension system and with scandals, including allegations that a major traffic tie-up at the George Washington Bridge in 2013 was orchestrated as payback against a mayor who did not support Christie’s re-election bid. Christie has said he had no prior knowledge lane closings. Christie voters are likely to come from the moderate wing of the Republican Party. He has strongest appeal with party activists and business people. But he may appeal to Republicans who are eager to recapture the White House, with his track record of winning twice in a heavily Democratic state. As of Aug. 4, Christie’ statements have been rated on the Truth-O-Meter 93 times. True or Mostly True ratings have come his way 39 times, or on 42 percent of his statements. He had 25, or  27 percent, Half Truths, 8 or 9 percent Mostly False, 14, or 15 percent, False and 7, or 8 percent, Pants on Fire ratings. See them all at:

RedState Gathering drawing 10 GOP presidential hopefuls to Atlanta

Folks were still cleaning up the debate podiums in Cleveland when 10 Republican candidates for president were on their way to Atlanta. They will be in town for this weekend's RedState Gathering, a convention at the InterContinental Buckhead for conservative and party activists. The event will be lived streamed here if you want to watch. Expected candidates and speaking times are: Friday Aug. 7: 10:30 a.m. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie 11:30 a.m. — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry 1:30 p.m. — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal 3:30 p.m. — Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina 4:30 p.m. — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio Saturday Aug. 8 9:00 a.m. — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee 11:30 a.m. — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz 1:30 p.m. — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush 4:30 p.m. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Between 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — developer Donald Trump speaks at the event's "tailgate" at the College Football Hall of Fame  

Fact-checking GOP presidential contenders on the economy

Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rick Perry are among the speakers at Gov. Rick Scott’s economic summit in Orlando.    • Revisiting the Legislature’s budget showdown

Home and away: An accounting of Scott Walker's travels

Gov. Scott Walker’s travels as a 2016 contender for the White House raise a legitimate question: How much time is he in Wisconsin? Plus: Ron Johnson vs. Russ Feingold, The Rematch

Top 10 most fact-checked people on the Truth-O-Meter

Curious about who -- other than President Barack Obama -- has been fact-checked on the Truth-O-Meter most often? We were, too. So we created a list.

Bridgegate: Were Fort Lee students 'children of Buono voters'?

As news linked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office to the George Washington Bridge lane closures in Fort Lee, we wondered about a text message then-Port Authority employee David Wildstein sent.

Bridgegate: Were Fort Lee students 'children of Buono voters'?

As news linked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office to the George Washington Bridge lane closures in Fort Lee, we wondered about a text message then-Port Authority employee David Wildstein sent.

Voters go to the polls in New Jersey, Virginia

PolitiFact New Jersey and PolitiFact Virginia have been fact-checking the campaigns for governor. We recap some highlights of the races.

Christie, Buono claims go up against Truth-O-Meter

PolitiFact New Jersey looks back at some of the 19 gubernatorial campaign claims made by Gov. Chris Christie and Barbara Buono

Checking Chris Christie = Rick Perry and Texas unemployment

A New Jersey Democratic proclaims Christie and Perry to be similar in bad ways. And did Texas unemployment surge more than two percentage points during Perry’s governorship?

A roundup of ratings on eve of National Governors Association meeting

Chief executives of the states will discuss a variety of issues at the National Governors Association convention, which is set for Aug. 2 to 4, 2013, in Milwaukee. We welcome them to Wisconsin with a roundup of recent gubernatorial Truth-O-Meter items produced by PolitiFact Wisconsin, as well as by our PolitiFact siblings in nine other states and at PolitiFact National.

Gov. Chris Christie claims Scooby-Doo was his favorite show when he was 4 years old

Governor and 4-year-old boy discuss cartoons at Branchburg town hall meeting

Chris Christie's budget address included claims familiar to the Truth-O-Meter

Speech referenced handful of past claims, from the existence of a $13 billion deficit to where New Jersey ranks nationally in institutionalizing the mentally ill

Cory Booker files paperwork for U.S. Senate; how's he done against the Truth-O-Meter?

Cory Booker has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission that marks a first step toward his running for Frank Lautenberg's Senate seat in 2014.

Booker vs. the Truth-O-Meter

We look back at how Newark's mayor has done on claims ranging from crime to health care.

Sen. Barbara Buono claims versus the Truth-O-Meter: Mostly True, Mostly False

The state senator from Middlesex County has had mixed results on claims about job gains, unemployment benefits and poverty

Wisniewski, Buono claims checked on Truth-O-Meter

Statements vetted about approval ratings for President George H. W. Bush, the nation's poverty level

New Jersey tax, lottery revenues focus of weekend rulings on Truth-O-Meter

Claims by Gov. Chris Christie, Big Gamble NJ campaign checked.

Chris Christie, Bob Menendez claims go to Truth-O-Meter

Governor claim rates a Pants on Fire, senator's statement handed a Half True.

Truth-O-Meter checks claims on deficit, NJ property taxes

Rep. Leonard Lance says President Obama broke promise on cutting deficit, Chris Christie claims property taxes spiked in decade before becoming governor