Last weekend, the New Hampshire Union Leader endorsed New Jersey governor Chris Christie for president. Simple enough, right?
The Union Leader has, with a few exceptions, tended to give candidates a boost in the primary polls. Christie is still polling in single digits in that early-primary state, and his campaign understandably sees this as a badly needed pick-me-up.
But, in an unusual move, the New Jersey–based Star-Ledger decided to push back on that endorsement. In a strongly worded editorial, the paper’s editors said their New Hampshire counterparts knew “almost nothing” about Christie’s record as governor. (The Star-Ledger endorsed Christie’s reelection bid in 2013, but later developed George Washington Bridge–size regrets over that decision.)
The Union Leader’s editorial-page editor shot back during an appearance on MSNBC, calling the Star-Ledger basically Christie’s “crazy ex-girlfriend.”
“They dated him in 2013,” said Grant Bosse. “They broke up with him last year, and now they’re going around town bad-mouthing anybody he takes out to dinner.”
Christie, apparently also liked this elaborate — and some would say sexist metaphor — telling CBS: “I don’t know why you were reading it or why you care. The Star-Ledger is like my crazy ex-girlfriend who broke with me and is now running around town saying I am an awful person.”
But Bosse did not appreciate Christie borrowing his language without attribution:
Now, if only everyone would break out in song.
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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has COVID-19
On Wednesday evening, @FirstLadyVA and I were notified that a member of our official residence staff had developed symptoms and tested positive for #COVID19. We both received PCR nasal swab tests yesterday and both tested positive.
Pam is experiencing mild symptoms, and I am asymptomatic. Per @VDHgov guidelines, we will isolate at home for 10 days and then reevaluate our symptoms. I am in constant contact with my cabinet and staff, and will continue working from the Executive Mansion.
As I have been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, #COVID19 is very real and very contagious. We are grateful for your thoughts and support, but the best thing you can do for us—and most importantly, for your fellow Virginians—is to take this virus seriously.
It’s unclear if today’s attack is linked to the Charlie Hebdo terrorism trial, which is currently underway
At least two people were wounded in a knife attack Friday near the former offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, police said Friday. A suspect has been arrested.
A Paris police official said that while authorities initially thought two attackers were involved, they now believe it was only one person, who was detained near the Bastille plaza in eastern Paris, a city police official said. The official said police are still searching the area while they question the arrested suspect.