Volume 6/Issue 25

  • Governor Christie Promoted for RNC Chair
  • Governor's Poll Ratings at Historic Low
  • Lt. Governor Guadagno Conveys Her Pro-Business Policy Positions
  • Central Jersey College Prep Charter School Achieves National Blue Ribbon Status

Governor Christie Promoted for RNC Chair…

ABC News and various other media outlets recently reported that Governor Christie is being promoted by members of the President-elect Trump’s transition team for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee.

According to the ABC News article, the Governor is receptive to idea and has held private talks with the transition team on a possible run.  The report notes that, “The team believes the role is ideal for Christie because it puts him in a high-profile position and does not require Senate confirmation.”

Governor Christie has prior experience leading a national political party organization, having helmed the Republican Governor’s Association from 2013-14, charged with electing GOP governors across the country.  He was also the first Governor to endorse the President-elect during the campaign and was viewed as an effective defender of his candidacy.

Neither the Governor, nor the President-elect and his transition team have issued any public comments on the matter.  In fact, the Governor said at news conference last week that he intended to complete his second term.  

…While Governor’s Poll Ratings at Historic Low

A FDU PublicMind Poll released earlier today found that only 18 percent of registered voters approved of Governor Christie’s job performance, the lowest ever gubernatorial rating recorded by this survey. 

According to PoliticoNew Jersey, Governor Christie’s approval rating is only one point higher than former Governor Brendan Byrne’s 17 percent approval figure, the lowest known ranking for a governor on the record.  Governor Byrne received that mark after signing the state income tax into law.

Lt. Governor Guadagno Conveys Her Pro-Business Policy Positions

Speaking before the New Jersey Gasoline-Convenience-Automotive Association, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, a likely gubernatorial candidate in 2017, firmly expressed her opposition to raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, as well as her disapproval of legislation mandating that private companies provide paid sick leave to their employees.

As reported in the Bergen Record, the Lt. Governor equated that raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour would lead to residents pumping their own gas.  New Jersey is one the last remaining states that prohibits self-serve at the gas station. 

The Lt. Governor stated in the article, that “Minimum wage was never intended, in my mind, to provide a living wage.” She said, “It won’t, not in New Jersey. So let’s make minimum wage what it’s supposed to be, and that is a stepping stone up.”

On paid sick leave, Lt. Governor Guadagno stated that decisions on those policies should be left to the companies providing the jobs.  “Should the government dictate to you what you provide to your employees?” she said. “I personally do not believe so.”

Central Jersey College Prep Charter School Achieves National Blue Ribbon Status

Congratulations to our client Central Jersey College Prep Charter School on being chosen by the US Department of Education as just one of the 329 schools throughout the country to be recognized as a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. 

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon Schools flag gracing a school's building is a widely-recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. National Blue Ribbon Schools are an inspiration and a model for schools still striving for excellence."