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Gov. Chris Christie Previews His Summer Plans With Fake Action Movie Clip

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has released a fake movie trailer to highlight the fiscal issues he plans to focus on during a summer tour of the state. “Rated ‘R’ for “Reform,” the “No Pain. No Gain.” clip includes all of the booming sounds and explosions that you would expect from an action movie, but it’s about the state’s budget.

After Beyonce and Jay Z released a movie trailer for their “On the Run” tour, people were so interested that there was a petition to get the movie made. We’re pretty sure the same thing won’t happen here. Moreover, the movie was already made when it was called Pain & Gain, which is where the Christie team got the footage of The Rock. Still, there’s powerful footage of a New Jersey Transit train going by. Not sure whether to laugh or groan at this one, so we’ll do both.

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Christie Project Criticized for Last-Minute Press Release Edit


Yes, we know you’ve heard more than enough about Chris Christie lately.

This mention of the embattled Jersey governor is relevant, though, because it concerns a small but potentially important edit to a press release.

The story revolves around a senior center built in Jersey’s Essex County in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. According to a report published last week by the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Christie diverted $6M in federal recovery funds to the project despite the fact that the surrounding area “was not particularly hard hit”. The key justification for this funding was that the project would house seniors from nearby towns who had been displaced by the storm.

And that’s where the press release comes in.

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Super Bowl XLVIII’s Biggest Loser: New Jersey Transit

One name that definitely didn’t get any good press last night: New Jersey Transit.

Most who regularly commute to the city know the horrors of Penn Station at rush hour. We like to call it a Seventh Circle filled with exhausted professionals boarding standing-room only trains, desperate to return to the relative calm of the suburbs.

Yesterday the service shattered previous records as more than 30,000 people used the system. Most of them did not have a good experience, with delays of up to 90 minutes inspiring many social media complaints and even more creative curse words. Several fans collapsed. We’ll let the riders themselves tell you more:

This morning Gawker and other outlets collected some of the most horrific images—and they’ll make you thankful that you weren’t anywhere near MetLife stadium last night.

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MWW Campaign Plays Starring Role in New Christie Controversy


A new week brings a new scandal for New Jersey governor Chris Christie just as his epic and (arguably) successful apology marathon fades from the headlines.

At the center of said controversy lies a campaign created by Jersey agency MWW, which will now play a role in an ongoing audit by the federal government. Why? Because the money that paid for the “Stronger than the Storm” campaign came from the feds, and its purpose was to help the state recover from Superstorm Sandy by encouraging tourists to visit the damaged shore.

Back in August, Democratic Jersey rep Frank Pallone argued that the money actually served, in part, to promote Christie himself in an election year. Surprise surprise: the governor’s moment of weakness turned out to be the perfect time for HUD to begin investigating whether the campaign amounted to an improper use of taxpayer funds.

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In Which Chris Christie Shows Us How to Make a Halfway Decent Apology

Oh God, this story.

The line we’ll remember most from today’s Chris Christie press marathon is “I am not a bully”, due both to its similarity to Richard Nixon’s “I am not a crook” and the fact that one of the keys to Christie’s appeal up to this point has been that he’s not afraid to be a bully (in order to more effectively govern his state and serve his constituents).

The key lines of his typically self-involved, passive verb-filled official statement were:

“I had no knowledge or involvement in this issue in its planning or its execution, and I am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here…I didn’t know about it, but it’s my responsibility because I’m the governor.”

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

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Maine Governor Says He’d Like to ‘Blow Up’ Local Newspapers

Say you’re one of the least popular governors in the country. Say the local papers have run several unflattering reports about conflicts of interest among your staffers. Say someone at a publicity event gives you an open-ended question while you’re sitting in a fighter jet simulator. What would you say?

Here’s a hint: do NOT say that you’d like to “blow up” the Portland Press Herald’s offices.

Maine Governor Paul LePage is a proudly outspoken political figure taken to insulting his opponents with crude sexual comments and telling students that newspapers are his “biggest fear”; political advisors call that “red meat for the base,” but we wonder about the wisdom of his media relations strategy.

Well, duh. But it won’t win you any of the new fans you need for re-election.

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Chris Matthews Apologizes for Friending Hurricane Sandy

This was, of course, an election filled with gaffes–and Chris Matthews (aka Tweety Bird) opened Hardball last night by apologizing (and apologizing, and apologizing) for saying he was “glad” that superstorm Sandy hit, thereby shedding light on Obama’s ability to lead in a crisis while crossing party lines and working constructively with Republicans like N.J. Governor Chris Christie. Matthews obviously wasn’t celebrating the fact that many lost their homes (and in some cases their lives) to the benefit of Obama’s campaign, but it was a dumb thing to say.

Matthews quickly realized that fact and began Wednesday’s show by saying, “I said something terrible…I said something not just stupid but wrong”. During his long-winded but genuine apology, he also refrained from blaming fatigue for his lapse in judgement: Read more

PR Win: Governor Christie Officially Postpones Halloween

In case you didn’t notice, this has been a tough week for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, he of the quick wit, sharp temper and big ambitions.

His state was hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, and we’d say it’s safe to assume he hasn’t gotten much sleep over the past three or four days: You may have watched him berate the mayor of Atlantic City for encouraging residents to stay at city shelters despite an earlier evacuation order; you may have heard him uncharacteristically praise President Obama’s storm response as “outstanding”; you may have seen footage of him together with the President this afternoon as the two surveyed the storm’s damage by helicopter.

This was all well and good, but today marks a far greater achievement for the Governor: he was won the week’s “best PR stunt posing as a government order” contest by officially postponing Halloween.

What does this mean, exactly? Let’s read the end of the official release, complete with charmingly arcane language:

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National Weather Service Storm Announcement Was Way Over the Top

We understand that the communications pros at the National Weather Service have a challenging and largely thankless job: convincing barely-interested Americans to pay attention to dangerous weather systems and respond accordingly.

Their jobs are especially important at a time like this: Hurricane Sandy is about to slam into New Jersey, and its aftermath won’t be pretty: Governor Chris Christie stopped begging Bruce Springsteen to hang out with him long enough to tell residents that they should prepare to go without power for 7-10 days, adding (with his trademark understatement), “Don’t be stupid, get out.”

OK, we get it: this is a big deal. The NWS knows that people don’t generally like to pack up and flee their homes, and we don’t doubt that some hard-headed New Jersey residents will stay put no matter what. Still, we wonder whether the tone of the service’s Sunday evening message was completely appropriate. Here’s the passage that raised some eyebrows (bold text ours, all caps theirs):



Well, that was certainly blunt. Since Buzzfeed won’t tell us whether we should be outraged by this insensitive gut punch, we’re stuck between freaking out and following New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s more measured suggestion:

We’ll get back to you when we figure it out.

New Jersey State Senator: Ban NFL Replacement Refs!

Today in Shameless PR Stunts, the President of the New Jersey state Senate decided to make the most of the NFL‘s “replacement ref” controversy by proposing a law that would make the act of using refs who aren’t “fully trained” illegal in Dirty Jerz.

The hairline-challenged Stephen Sweeney, who just happens to be a huge Packers fan despite the fact that he lives, works and serves in Jersey, released a written statement today announcing his plans to introduce a bill that would ban “replacement officials” from calling any kind of professional sports contest in his state—a state that serves as home to both the New York Giants and the New York Jets (we still can’t get over that one—just give Jersey the Jets and let New York keep the Giants already! Everybody likes alliteration!).

Sweeney unconvincingly tried to tie the scandal to the issue of players’ health, writing that “Whether the sport is football, soccer or baseball, when referees don’t know how to properly enforce the rules, there is a real chance for unnecessary and serious injury.”

Hmm…We’re not quite sure where he was going there.

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