In Iowa, Christie Under Fire From Conservative Group

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie attends his election night event after winning a second term at the Asbury Park Convention Hall on November 05, 2013 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Incumbent Governor Chris Christie defeated his Democratic opponent Barbara Buono by a commanding margin. 
Getty Images
Adam Wollner
Add to Briefcase
See more stories about...
Adam Wollner
July 14, 2014, 8:05 p.m.

As New Jer­sey Gov. Chris Christie pre­pares to make his first trip to Iowa since 2011, the po­ten­tial Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate is com­ing un­der fire—from a con­ser­vat­ive group.

The Ju­di­cial Crisis Net­work is launch­ing an on­line ad Tues­day ac­cus­ing Christie of ap­point­ing lib­er­al judges to the New Jer­sey Su­preme Court. The non­profit group says it is spend­ing $75,000 on the three-day ef­fort—which in­cludes 90-second and 15-second ver­sions of the ad—in the Hawkeye State, which hosts the first pres­id­en­tial caucuses.

“Chris Christie prom­ised to change New Jer­sey’s lib­er­al Su­preme Court,” the ad’s nar­rat­or says. “Five open­ings later, no change.”

The on­line ad also fea­tures an im­age of the gov­ernor shak­ing hands with Pres­id­ent Obama in what ap­pears to be the af­ter­math of Su­per­storm Sandy. Con­ser­vat­ives had cri­ti­cized his friend­li­ness to­ward the pres­id­ent in the days be­fore the 2012 elec­tions, say­ing it gave the Obama cam­paign a late boost. 

On­line ads don’t have the reach or im­pact of tele­vi­sion ads—es­pe­cially this far out from the 2016 elec­tion—but the Ju­di­cial Crisis Net­work’s cam­paign could pre­view a line of at­tack against Christie in the Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial primary.

Christie, who has said he is con­sid­er­ing a White House bid, is slated to head­line three fun­draisers in Iowa on Thursday be­ne­fit­ing the Re­pub­lic­an Gov­ernors As­so­ci­ation, which he chairs, Iowa Gov. Terry Bran­stad, and the GOP state House speak­er. Christie hasn’t vis­ited the state since Decem­ber 2011, when he cam­paigned for Mitt Rom­ney.

Iowa isn’t the only early-vot­ing state on Christie’s up­com­ing sched­ule: He will also head­line a fun­draiser for the New Hamp­shire Re­pub­lic­an Party at the end of the month.

What We're Following See More »
WILL TEST THE NORTH’S STANDDOWN
Joint U.S., South Korea War Games Set to Begin
7 hours ago
THE LATEST

"A new cycle of escalation on the Korean Peninsula looks set to begin this week when the U.S. and South Korea kick off annual military exercises that have a history of enraging Pyongyang." The long-planned drills, set to last ten days, "will test whether North Korea’s apparent easing of its immediate threat to Guam proves durable—or if the de-escalation was really a backdown at all."

Source:
SAYS TRUMP JUST ATTACKING REPUBLICANS
Former Top Aide to McConnell Says GOPers Should Abandon Trump
3 days ago
THE LATEST
“YOU CAN’T CHANGE HISTORY, BUT YOU CAN LEARN FROM IT”
Trump Defends Confederate Statues in Tweetstorm
3 days ago
WHY WE CARE
CEOS HAVE BEEN FLEEING FOR THE EXITS
Trump to End Business Councils
4 days ago
THE LATEST
FROM STATEMENT
McConnell: “No Good Neo-Nazis”
4 days ago
THE LATEST
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login