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Sat Jan 23, 2016, 07:20 AM


Chris Christie and His Ambitions: A New Jersey Vanishing Act

Mr. Christie spent 191 days entirely outside New Jersey last year, and
since 2016 began, he has held only two public events in the state: his annual
State of the State address, and a joint appearance with legislative leaders to
unveil an agreement on casino regulation.
The governor has also been using his executive powers sparingly, creating
just two commissions and task forces over the past year, compared with the
roughly two dozen he convened in his first term. When he has issued executive
orders, it has most often been to lower the state flag in honor of someone’s
Being criticized for spending more time on the campaign trail than at
home is an occupational hazard for sitting governors running for president,
but Mr. Christie’s absence has been particularly felt in New Jersey.

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