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Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 11:45 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Christie Raises $2.5 Million for Rauner Campaign

Christie Raises $2.5 Million for Rauner Campaign

Chris Christie might be down, but he's not out: The embattled New Jersey governor, still recovering from Bridge-Gate, used his remaining clout in the GOP to help Bruce Rauner raise $2.5 million to defeat... Read »

Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 9:47 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Christie's Visit to Chicago Includes Trip to Portillo's

Christie's Visit to Chicago Includes Trip to Portillo's

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in Chicago Friday night to support Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner. Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 6:46 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

NJ Gov. Christie to Stump for Rauner in Chicago

NJ Gov. Christie to Stump for Rauner in Chicago

Groups supporting gay marriage and other causes say they plan to protest outside the fundraiser. Read »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chris Christie Pretends Not to Run for President in Chicago

Chris Christie Pretends Not to Run for President in Chicago

Let's be clear: Chris Christie is up to something. Because every presidential hopeful who visits Chicago to stump for someone else has a self-serving ulterior motive: money, money and more money. The Windy City,... Read »

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Hedge Fund Mogul Ken Griffin Donates $2.5 Million to Bruce Rauner

Hedge Fund Mogul Ken Griffin Donates $2.5 Million to Bruce Rauner

Citadel CEO Ken Griffin has donated a record-smashing $2.5 million to the campaign of Bruce Rauner, Illinois' Republican nominee for governor. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 8:57 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

NJ's Christie Appears in Chicago for Fundraiser, Speech

Christie will have a "conversation" with the Economic Club of Chicago. He's also working to raise money for the Republican Governors Association that he chairs. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 2:47 PM
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By angela Delli Santi

Blagojevich Prosecutor to Lead NJ Scandal Inquiry

Blagojevich Prosecutor to Lead NJ Scandal Inquiry

The federal prosecutor who helped convict former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of corruption was tapped Wednesday to investigate the apparent political payback scandal involving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's... Read »

Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 6:49 AM
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By Associated Press

NJ Gov. Christie To Appear With Bill Clinton in Chicago

NJ Gov. Christie To Appear With Bill Clinton in Chicago

Political observers will be closely watching as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie participates in a discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative in Chicago. Read »

Friday, May 3, 2013 at 11:15 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Hillary, Christie To Headline Meeting in Chicago

Hillary, Christie To Headline Meeting in Chicago

It's on, Chicago. Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are headlining former President Bill Clinton's annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting June 13-14 in Chicago. Read »

Monday, Mar 7, 2011 at 12:24 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Jersey Governor Calls Quinn a 'Disaster'

Jersey Governor Calls Quinn a 'Disaster'
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Gov. Chris Christie is still urging Illinois businesses to make the jump to Jersey. Read »

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Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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