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The Story Behind Jared Kushner’s Curious Acceptance Into Harvard

Charles Kushner had pledged $2.5 million to Harvard University in 1998, not long before his son Jared was admitted to the prestigious Ivy League school. Did he buy Jared’s admission into Harvard?

November 20, 2016
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Judge Rules ‘Bridgegate’ Complaint Against Christie Can Proceed

The ruling ratchets up the political pressure on Christie, an avid Trump supporter, who now heads his White House transition team.

October 13, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, October 10, 2016.   REUTERS/Mike Segar

Trump Aggravates Attacks on ‘Disloyal’ Ryan and Republican Party

“Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan, had a bad conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty,” Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday. He added in a later Twitter post, “It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.”

October 11, 2016
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Trump Vows: ‘I Will Never Drop Out Of The Race’ Despite Lewd Taped Remarks

“The media and establishment want me out of the race so badly – I WILL NEVER DROP OUT OF THE RACE, WILL NEVER LET MY SUPPORTERS DOWN!” Trump tweeted on Saturday afternoon.

October 8, 2016
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Former Whitewater Counsel Endorses Clinton – And Dismisses ‘Scandals’

Asked about Clinton’s email problems, former GOP prosecutor Chertoff briskly brushed that overhyped “scandal” aside, comparing it with the Whitewater circus as a frivolous distraction from serious issues.

October 7, 2016
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‘Bridgegate’ Witness Says Governor Christie Backed Lane Closures

A key prosecution witness testified Tuesday stating New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was aware of and supported a plan to close lanes at the George Washington Bridge in 2013. This testimony marks the first time federal prosecutors have presented specific evidence in the case, claiming this was an act of political payback.

September 27, 2016
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie reacts to a question during a news conference after announcing the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had resigned, a day after an internal investigation cleared Christie in the "Bridgegate" scandal, during a news conference in Trenton, New Jersey, United States on March 28, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo

Chris Christie’s Chances For Impeachment Just Went Way Up

The chickens are coming home to roost in the Bridgegate scandal as NBC News reports NJ legislators are considering whether to impeach Gov. Chris Christie.

September 25, 2016
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie reacts to a question during a news conference after announcing the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had resigned, a day after an internal investigation cleared Christie in the "Bridgegate" scandal, during a news conference in Trenton, New Jersey, United States on March 28, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo

Bridgegate Prosecutors: Wildstein To Testify He Told Christie Of Lane Closings

“The evidence will show that … they bragged about the fact that there were traffic problems in Fort Lee and that Mayor Sokolich was not getting his calls returned,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Vikas Khanna said about Wildstein and defendant Bill Baroni. Wildstein’s attorney once suggested “evidence exists” Christie knew about the traffic jams.

September 19, 2016
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Christie Scrambles To Cover For Trump’s Immigration Flop

Christie defended Trump’s statements on immigration and deportation, insisting that the Republican presidential nominee has been consistent in his messaging despite rhetoric that suggests a waffling on his hardline stance.

August 28, 2016
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie reacts to a question during a news conference after announcing the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had resigned, a day after an internal investigation cleared Christie in the "Bridgegate" scandal, during a news conference in Trenton, New Jersey, United States on March 28, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo

Infamous Bridgegate Flack Joins Trump Campaign

Two days after his re-election, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he lost “confidence” in Stepien when emails appeared to show Stepien at least had knowledge of the lane closings at the center of the bridge scandal. Christie asked Stepien to withdraw his name from consideration as the state GOP chair.

August 26, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) greets New Jersey Governor and former Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie at a town hall campaign event in Hickory, North Carolina. March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Donald Trump’s $30 Million Casino Debt Almost Disappeared Under Christie: Report

According to a new report from the New York Times, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie allowed Donald Trump to settle $30 million worth of casino tax debts for less than 20 percent of the entire amount.

August 17, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks during a forum for lower polling candidates held by Fox Business Network before the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Milwaukee

Chris Christie ‘Flat Out Lied’ About ‘Bridgegate’ Scandal

A former aide to Chris Christie said in a text message that the New Jersey governor “flat out lied” when he said senior staff members were not involved in the “Bridgegate” scandal in 2013, according to a court filing on Wednesday.

August 10, 2016
Patricia Smith speaks at the Republican National Convention.

The Republican Convention Is Weaponizing Grief

Patricia Smith was one of a staggering six total parents who appeared onstage to link the Democratic nominee and Democratic policies with the deaths of their sons, the rest of whom were killed in incidents on the U.S.-Mexico border or involving undocumented immigrants.

July 20, 2016
Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Republican National Convention Follows Witch-Burning Script

Walking around the streets of Cleveland, it’s hard to miss the gendered nature of the contempt shown for Clinton, what with the tee shirts for sale that read “TRUMP THAT BITCH,” or the frequent references to Trump’s cojones.

July 20, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump waves goodbye as he leaves the stage after his wife Melania concluded her remarks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Trump Could Seek New Law To Purge Government Of Obama Appointees

Christie, who is governor of New Jersey and leads Trump’s White House transition team, said the campaign was drawing up a list of federal government employees to fire if Trump defeats Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

July 20, 2016
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All Of Trump’s Possible VP Picks Disagree With Him On Trade Deals

Before Trump stomped onto the scene last year, the Republican consensus on trade was nearly unanimous. Now, Trump has another problem: All of his potential vice presidents are free traders.

July 13, 2016
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks in a press conference at the State House in Trenton, New Jersey, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Comparing Trump’s Not-So-Super VP Candidates

Donald Trump is in the middle of a tough search for a vice president — any vice president. No one seems to want the job, and Trump is scrambling to show the world a ticket that makes him look like anything other than a crazy reality star who’s been wandering onto the wrong cable channels. We at The National Memo decided to put together a little tip sheet to make his choice easier.

July 11, 2016
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Trump’s Chump: The Self-Soiling Of Christopher Christie

Ah, those craven fiends atop the Republican Party, whoring before power and calling it “unity.” Consider Chris Christie: We haven’t seen political hypocrisy this flagrant since Richard Nixon savaged Harry Truman in 1960 for uttering the word “damn.”

July 9, 2016
U.S. Senator Corker participates in the Washington Ideas Forum in Washington

Two Top Trump VP Picks Decline To Join His Ticket

After two prominent senators, Bob Corker and Joni Ernst, withdrew their names as possible Donald Trump running mates, the Republican nominee is left with an increasingly shorter VP short-list.

July 6, 2016
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U.S. Appeals Court Weighs Revealing ‘Bridgegate’ Co-Conspirators

The three-judge panel at the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia did not immediately rule, and a rapid-fire volley of skeptical questions aimed at lawyers for both sides made it difficult to predict how the court was leaning.

June 7, 2016
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Endorse This: Trump Pays Christie’s Debt, Insists ‘You’re Not Eating Oreos Anymore’

Chris Christie will just have to listen to Donald Trump’s dietary guidelines.

May 20, 2016
The George Washington Bridge toll booths are pictured in Fort Lee, New Jersey January 9, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Appeals Court Delays Release Of NJ’s ‘Bridgegate’ Co-Conspirators List

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a last-minute emergency request from one of the people on the list, less than two hours before U.S. prosecutors were set to file the names in federal court in New Jersey.

May 17, 2016
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Christie To Head Trump Transition Team

While a transition team does now exist on paper, the team doesn’t even have an official press contact. Instead, all queries are instructed to be sent to the New Jersey governor’s director of communications — quite possibly a violation of federal and state law prohibiting the use of public funds for use in campaigns.

May 9, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) greets New Jersey Governor and former Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie at a town hall campaign event in Hickory, North Carolina. March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Trump Picks Christie To Head Transition Team

“Governor Christie is an extremely knowledgeable and loyal person with the tools and resources to put together an unparalleled Transition Team, one that will be prepared to take over the White House when we win in November.”

May 9, 2016
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Cartoon: Christie For Veep?

Chris Christie is sitting by the phone.

May 6, 2016