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  • Chris Christie Was Not Willing to Gamble N.J. on Romney

    A lot of people would give the whole wide world to be the vice presidential nominee for Republican Party. Chris Christie, however, wasn't even willing to give up that small weird-smelling area under New York

    Romney's top aides had demanded Christie step down as the state's chief executive because if he didn't, strict pay-to-play laws would have restricted the nation's largest banks from donating to the campaign — since those banks do business with New Jersey.

    But Christie adamantly refused to sacrifice his post, believing that being Romney's running mate wasn't worth the gamble.

    "[Christie] felt, at one point, that [President] Obama could lose this. And, look, there still is that chance. But he knows, right now, you have to say it's unlikely," one source said.

    Hey, maybe I'm partial because I'm from New Jersey, but I totally get where Christie is coming from here. Hear me out.

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    Tags: Chris Christie, Mitt Romney, New Jersey, Veepstakes
  • Mitt Romney Crashes Jewish Wedding

    Mitt Romney

    You, like most people,* may not find Mitt Romney cool. But just listen to one reporter's account of a wild ride in his motorcade

    Hitting speeds of up to 90 mph at times, the motorcade made what had been scheduled as a 61-minute drive in roughly 45 minutes on a route that took us along the Jersey Turnpike to the Garden State Parkway and prompted your pooler to wonder many times if she would live to cover Romney's remarks at the fundraiser tonight.

    Whoa! Death-defying high-speed chases? Slap a leather jacket on Mitt and he's Marlon Brando in The Wild One. (Which, incidentally, is Romney's most up-to-date pop culture reference.)

    But the excitement didn't end there…

    Then, as we turned into Lake Terrace, the motorcade drove past an Orthodox Jewish wedding party that had been posing for pictures outside. Immediately, the family abandoned the bride and groom and began chasing Romney's car in the parking lot, waving cameras.

    Reckless joyrides, crashed weddings and mobs of adoring fans — this is the new Mitt Romney, folks. But don't worry if you don't like it. He's pretty good at reinventing himself.

    Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    * All people.

    Tags: Jewish, Mitt Romney, New Jersey
  • "Jersey Shore" Cast Discusses the Finer Points of Political Theory

    Say what you will about this Funny or Die clip of MTV's Jersey Shore cast talking politics, but it's about the level of discourse you'll find on Fox News Sunday. And the acting is maybe a little more believable

    In case you're not yet registered to vote — no judgement, maybe you've just been busy these past several years fighting off dinosaurs on a remote tropical island, keeping a bus from falling below the speed of 50 mph or something else equally valid — you can get registered right now with MTV's Power of 12 voter registration tool.

    Tags: MTV, New Jersey, Television
  • Our Endorsements: Political Cartoons


    * The Adventures of Kim Jong Un Part II, from College Humor.

    * This poor 16-year-old was in high school when she became president.

    * Because it turns out reality is stranger than fiction.

    * SNL is going to get all up this election year's guts.

    * This election's attack ads are bad, but it could be worse.

    * What happens when you let Lord Voldemort start a Super PAC.

    * Kim Jong-un's wedding vows, via The Borowitz Report.

    * From The Onion: When Mitt Romney's away, the voters will play.

    * Ren and Stimpy creator wants to make a new cartoon about George Liquor, AMERICAN!

    Tags: Andy Borowitz, Mitt Romney, New Jersey, Republicans, Saturday Night Live, Senate, Super PACs, The New Yorker, The Onion
  • Chris Christie Is the New Jersey-est Governor of New Jersey Ever

    Chris ChristieA lot of people who have never lived in New Jersey seem a bit confused by Gov. Chris Christie's wild popularity among state citizens. But it never confused me. Big overweight loud-mouthed guy with lots and lots of terrible ideas? He's pretty much every citizen's uncle.

    Look, I was born in New Jersey. I grew up in New Jersey. I spent the first decade of my adult life in New Jersey. I spent many formative summers hawking stuffed animals on the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey. So, please believe me when I tell you that this guy is New Jersey

    Gov. Christie got into a verbal smackdown at the Jersey Shore with an unidentified man who reportedly made snide remarks about the governor's education policies, according to…

    "You're a real big shot, you're a real big shot shootin' your mouth off," Christie yells at the man.

    "Just take care of the teachers," the man responded, according to TMZ. He may as well have kicked sand in the governor's face.

    Christie turns up the heat. The shaking cellphone footage shows the Republican aggressively strutting towards the man, barking "Keep walking away… keep walking."

    When you're dealing with New Jerseyans, there's a few thins you've got to understand: You never talk about their girlfriend's hair. You never speak ill of Bruce Springsteen. You never talk shit on the Giants/Eagles (depending on which part of the state you're in), unless they lost last night, in which case you never say anything nice about them. And you never disparage a person's policies for lowering the state budget via massive cuts in education.

    We have very strong feelings about all those things.

    Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Chris Christie, Education, New Jersey