Watch: Chris Christie Announces 2016 Run

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie officially entered Monday in what is an already crowded field of Republican presidential candidates. His rollout, including a Jersey-esque slogan “Telling It Like It Is,” focused on his family roots, the economy, and Washington gridlock.

Christie made the announcement from his high school in Livingston, N.J., Tuesday beside his wife Mary Pat and his four children – Andrew, Sarah, Patrick, and Bridget. “I had to come home, and Livingston is home for me,” Christie said.

The second-term governor acknowledged his brother and sister, Todd and Dawn, and his parents, who were both raised by single mothers.

The New Jersey governor also cited his time as U.S. attorney. “That fight has not made me more weary. It has made me stronger, and I am now ready to fight for the people of the United States of America,” he said.

Christie touted his accomplishments in reforming the Garden State public worker pension and benefit system, as well as reforming teacher tenure, two hotly contested issues.

The governor said that in the past year, he visited 37 states and argued that Americans “are not angry” but “filled with anxiety.” He added: “The president doesn’t talk to Congress and the Congress doesn’t talk to the president.”

We have to do it together; we have no choice but to work together. This country has no choice but to work together again, not against each other.

This statement could be perceived as a jab at some of the other Republican candidates in the race already serving in Washington, including Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Rand Paul, R-Ky.; and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Christie also called for 4 percent economic growth. “We gotta get this country growing again,” he told the friendly crowd. “We have an economy that is weak.”

We need a tax code that is simplified and will put CPAs like my dad outta business.

Turning his attention to foreign policy, Christie said that after seven years of the Obama administration, President Obama “lives in his own world, not our world.” He also took a jab at the former secretary of State:

After seven years of a feckless foreign policy, we better not turn it over to his second mate Hillary Clinton… We better stop caring about being loved and start caring about being respected.

Christie’s campaign released this video ahead of the announcement:

Matt Rooney, a family-law attorney and editor of Save Jersey–one of the most widely rest conservative websites in the Garden State–applauded Christie’s showing today but contended he has a lot more to do if he is to get back in the mix. “The country is learning that he’s the best retail politician since Bill Clinton. Love him or hate him, the guy can give a speech,” Rooney said. “Most of what your average outside New Jersey primary voter has seen, to date, is sound bites.” Rooney, who has followed the governor since his time at Rutgers Law School, was “surprised” by Christie’s decision to make the speech jersey-centric. “It’s risky because New Jersey is not in good financial condition, and the state’s brand nationally is not the best. But he appears prepared to live and die on his record,” he noted. One person following the speech put into context what that means:

While the RealClearPolitics average has Christie polling in the single digits, Rooney expects the governor to get a bump–but points out the stakes are higher for him, as opposed to former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina:

She doesn’t have his name recognition but she also doesn’t have negatives among prospective GOP voters that rival Trump’s. One recent poll found more than 50 percent of primary voters not willing to consider voting for Christie before the general election. It’s harder to change minds than make a first impression.

Christie will also have to answer for Bridgegate, the scandal in which a former high-level staffer allegedly ordered lanes on the Fort Lee, N.J., side of the George Washington Bridge to be closed going into New York, allegedly because the town’s mayor did not endorse the governor for his reelection bid.

If you would like to watch the entire announcement, here it is:

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Democrats And GOP Rebels Save The Day On Obamatrade

After the Republican-controlled Senate foolishly passed the so-called “Obamatrade” bill, the House leadership (John Boehner, Steve Scalise, Paul Ryan, et al.) worked their tails off to pass the bill. But a majority of Democrats and liberty-minded Republicans (small in number) rallied in opposition to the bill and voted it down. HOORAY! In this case, it was mostly Democrats who saved the day!

I have been saying for years that people who think the Republican establishment is a friend to liberty are extremely naïve. On issues regarding so-called “free trade” (it’s NOT free trade; it’s globalism masquerading as free trade), the Warfare State, deficit spending, globalism, and civil liberties, the Republican Party in Washington, D.C., is FAR WORSE than the Democrat Party. In general terms, the Democrat Party is worse on issues that deal with gun control, welfare, abortion, gay marriage, and extremist environmentalist policies. As one should easily be able to see, there is no “lesser of two evils” between these two parties. Each party is a greater evil, depending on the issue. And taken as a whole, both parties in Washington, D.C., are selling our liberties down the river.

But this so-called Obamatrade bill is a nightmare. If you thought NAFTA and GATT are bad (and they are), Obamatrade (TPP) is far worse. Even worse is that congressional leaders will not allow the public to know what’s in the bill. Heck, most of the congressmen and senators who are voting on the bill don’t know what’s in it.

Matt Drudge paraphrases Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) angrily growling at reporters: “You will read it after we pass it.” What a pompous, arrogant blockhead Mr. Ryan is. Obviously, he has been in Congress too long.

One of the senators who did read the bill is Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama). And he is doing his best to warn the American people about just how horrific this bill really is. Breitbart.com recently interviewed one of Senator Sessions’ staff leaders regarding the impact of passing TPP.

“Stephen Miller, one of the staff leaders for Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), joined Breitbart News Sunday and was asked by Breitbart’s Executive Chairman and host, Stephen K. Bannon: ‘Isn’t the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) really a global governance deal, rather than a trade agreement? Is this a way to get the United States into a Pacific Union, as Senator Sessions lays out, that is very much like the European Union?’

“‘That’s exactly what is happening here,’ said Miller. ‘The Pacific Union that Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) refers to is the new transnational governance body that would be created by the Transpacific Partnership.’

“‘What this means,’ explained Miller, ‘is the house and the senate together would be authorizing the president to enter the United States into a new trans-national union.’

“The Union would consist at first of twelve countries, but additional countries could join and be added over time. ‘It could issue regulations about labor policy, about immigration policy, about environmental policies, and many other areas impacting American life, American jobs, and American wages.’

“Also appearing on the program, which airs on Sirius XM, Patriot Radio, channel 125, was Lord Christopher Monckton. Monckton, who served as a policy advisor for former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, argues that a Trans Pacific Union would bear a significant resemblance to the European Union, which Monckton insists is a serious detriment to democracy and leads to dictatorship.”

“As a result, Miller added, ‘the president can enter into an unlimited number of large sweeping international agreements. And, congress can’t filibuster them, at any point, for the next six full years.’

“Monckton retorted, ‘We’ve used this word before on this program–dictatorship. This is dictatorship.’”

See the report here:

TPP Enters USA Into A ‘New Trans-National Union’

The Obamatrade bill was proffered in two roll call votes. According to the rules established by House leaders, BOTH bills had to pass in order for “fast track” trade authority to be granted to President Obama. Boehner did this because he knew it would fail in one vote, as it was widely opposed by both Republican freedomists (a small group but enough to help defeat the bill) and liberal Democrats (liberals are not wrong on every issue). He was hoping he could muster enough support from both groups by separating the votes. His plan backfired. The first bill failed by a wide margin; so even though the second bill passed (barely), it was a moot point. The way to find the Republican rebels (America-first constitutionalists) is to look at the ones who voted against Obamatrade on BOTH votes. Here are those 37 brave Republican House members:

Justin Amash (MI); Dave Brat (VA); James Bridenstine (OK); Mo Brooks (AL); Ken Buck (CO); Michael Burgess (TX); Curt Clawson (FL); Doug Collins (GA); Chris Collins (NY); Paul Cook (CA); Jeff Duncan (SC); John J. Duncan (TN); Morgan Griffith (VA); Andy Harris (MD); Duncan Hunter (CA); Lynn Jenkins (KS); Walter Jones (NC); Jim Jordan (OH); David Joyce (OH); Raul Labrador (ID); Frank LoBiondo (NJ); Richard Nugent (FL); Gary Palmer (AL); Steve Pearce (NM); Scott Perry (PA); Bruce Poliquin (ME); Bill Posey (FL); Dana Rohrabacher (CA); Keith Rothfus (PA); Steve Russell (OK); Chris Smith (NJ); Daniel Webster (FL); Lynn Westmoreland (GA); Rob Wittman (VA); Ted Yoho (FL); Don Young (AK); Lee Zeldon (NY).

If you live in the district of one of these congressmen, you can be very proud of your representative.

And for those GOP House members who voted “Nay” on either vote, there is retribution from the Republican leadership. NationalJournal.com has this part of the story:

“House Republican leaders are cracking down on rebellious members after a near-disaster on a trade vote last week.

“Reps. Cynthia Lummis, Steve Pearce, and Trent Franks have been removed from the whip team after they sided with GOP rebels to vote against a rule governing debate on a trade bill, according to sources close to the team.”

“But House Majority Whip Steve Scalise had said earlier in the year that he would not tolerate members voting against rules and has already removed two other members [Jeff Duncan and Ron DeSantis] close to the conservative movement.”

See the report here:

Three Booted From GOP Whip Team As Leaders Crack Down

As for House Democrats, they held together in their opposition to TPP even when President Barack Obama personally went to Capitol Hill and lobbied them to support it. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) must be given credit on this issue, as she held fast in her opposition to TPP and encouraged Democrats to stand together in opposing it–which they did.

What is it about Democrat presidents who campaign against these so-called “free trade” deals when they are candidates and then become full-fledged supporters of the deals after being elected? Bill Clinton did the exact same thing. It just further demonstrates what I’ve been saying all along: at the highest levels of government, party affiliation, party platforms, and promises to party grassroots mean NOTHING. Powerbrokers are calling the shots; and the President (no matter the party) is too often but a pawn of these Machiavellians.

And if there is any issue that these international elites who are dominating Washington politics are doggedly determined to bring into being, it is the breakdown of national economic borders and the establishment of a global financial system.

Of course, one cannot have a global financial system without enacting a global political and military system to control and manage it. And, that, folks, is what all of these wars in the Middle East are about. It has NOTHING to do with the “war on terror.” It is all about establishing global government. The global elite are merely manipulating the West vs. Muslim façade to bring down those governments in the Middle East (Iran and Syria) that refuse to submit to the Federal Reserve’s international banking system and bring the oil-rich region of the Middle East completely under the Fed’s control.

Consider this: Saudi Arabia beheads far more people than ISIS. In fact, Saudi Arabia is one country that is indeed governed by strict Sharia Law. Yet, the United States considers the Saudis our dear friends and allies. And Christians seem totally oblivious to Saudi Arabia’s barbarism and intolerance. When is the last time you heard any pastor or Christian calling for war against Saudi Arabia?

Furthermore, independent news agencies are reporting that the United States is actually ASSISTING ISIS militarily.

Please take the time to read this report:

Anti-ISIS Coalition Forces Are The Target: US Warplanes Strike Iraqi Army Position, US Delivers Weapons To Terrorists

Folks, please turn off FOX News long enough to do some independent research. America is not at war with ISIS. America’s CIA created ISIS and continues to assist it. The U.S. government is using ISIS to attack its real target: the leaders of Iran and Syria who staunchly stand in the way of the U.S./Saudi Arabia/Israel machinations to centralize the banking systems of the Middle East. That is what the wars in the Middle East are truly about.

At this writing (Tuesday, June 16), GOP leaders and President Obama are collaborating on how to bring “fast track” trade authority back to the House floor for passage. But for now, it was House Democrats and that small number of Republican rebels who saved the day on Obamatrade.

P.S. Let me remind readers that we have just produced an hour-long DVD wherein Attorney Tim Baldwin lectures (complete with instructional slides) on the topic: “Police Contact: How To Respond.”

Tim explains your rights and the law regarding police contacts in a variety of circumstances, such as traffic stops, etc. He explains the rights and protections you have under the Constitution. He presents a constitutional, legal analysis of what you should and shouldn’t do when brought into contact with a police officer, sheriff’s deputy, or highway patrolman.

Tim is a former felony prosecutor and is now a criminal defense attorney. He has seen both sides of the criminal justice system and is imminently qualified to discuss this subject. He knows that for an attorney to best protect his or her clients, his clients need to know how to protect themselves before and during the investigative and arrest procedures.

Police officers are SERVANTS of the People and are as obligated to obey the Constitution as are each of us. Knowing these rights and protections will give you much CONFIDENCE when you are pulled over by a police officer.

Let me hasten to say that I am ALWAYS respectful to a police officer. And so should we always be. We must respect his position. But mostly, we must respect the law that he, the police officer, is sworn to uphold. But how can we respect the law if we don’t even know and understand the law? How can officers improve their law-enforcement practice unless citizens know when police are following the law? How is the legal system benefited if police can trample citizens’ constitutional rights with the consent of the people? Tim’s DVD will help tremendously in this regard.

In light of the climate that we all live in today, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is that we become familiar with our constitutional rights and responsibilities. If enough of the American people would learn these constitutional principles, they could stem the growing tide of unconstitutional conduct by our public servants, including, and especially, by those in law enforcement.

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Breaking: One Heavyweight Just Officially Made The 2016 Field Even More Crowded

After months of running a nascent campaign, former Gov. John Ellis “Jeb” Bush of Florida officially threw his hat into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Bush, who served as governor of Florida between 1999 and 2007, made the announcement from Miami-Dade College. He spoke before a diverse crowd, with a blue shirt and no tie or coat, in English and Spanish.

“The stakes for America’s future are about as great as they come,” Bush said. “Our prosperity and our security are in the balance. So is opportunity, in this nation where every life matters and everyone has the right to rise.”

The son and brother of former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, respectively, painted a very positive picture for America’s future, specifically in the areas of the economy, education, and national security. “In any language, my message will be an optimistic one because I am certain that we can make the decades just ahead in America the greatest time ever to be alive in this world,” he said.

Bush set a goal of getting the now stagnant economy to grow at a rate at four percent per year, pointing to his accomplishments as governor.

We made Florida number one in job creation and number one in small business creation. 1.3 million new jobs, 4.4 percent growth, higher family income, eight balanced budgets, and tax cuts eight years in a row that saved our people and businesses 19 billion dollars.

“All this plus a bond upgrade to Triple-A compared to the sorry downgrade of America’s credit in these years. That was the commitment, and that is the record that turned this state around,” added Bush.

The newly announced candidate shied away from mentioning the term “Common Core” specifically, but gave a rough outline of an education agenda. “When a school is just another dead end, every parent should have the right to send their child to a better school – public, private, or charter,” Bush said.

Nationwide, if I am president, we will take the power of choice away from the unions and bureaucrats and give it back to parents.

We made sure of something else in Florida – that children with developmental challenges got schooling and caring attention, just like every other girl and boy. We didn’t leave them last in line. We put them first in line because they are not a problem. They are a priority.

Bush, like many of the other Republican presidential contenders, took a shot at former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who had her first public rally Saturday. The former governor pointed to a case involving the Little Sisters of the Poor, who have raised conscience-related objections to Obamacare. “Secretary Clinton insists that when the progressive agenda encounters religious beliefs to the contrary those beliefs, quote, ‘have to be changed.’ That’s what she said, and I guess we should at least thank her for the warning.”

It comes down to a choice between the Little Sisters and Big Brother, and I’m going with the Sisters.

Bush also slammed the administration for instituting for what he described as a “phone-it-in” foreign policy. “The Obama-Clinton-Kerry team is leaving a legacy of crises uncontained, violence unopposed, enemies unnamed, friends undefended, and alliances unraveling,” Bush said.

This supposedly risk-averse administration is also running us straight in the direction of the greatest risk of all – military inferiority. It will go on automatically until a president steps in to rebuild our armed forces and take care of our troops and our veterans. They have my word – I will do it.

He also assured voters that he will strengthen America’s relationship with Israel. And instead of going to Cuba as Obama has suggested, “We need an American president to go to Havana in solidarity with a free Cuban people, and I am ready to be that president.”

While many of Bush’s family members were there, including his wife, his mother, and former first lady Barbara Bush, neither of the former presidents were on hand.

Would you vote for Jeb Bush if it came down to it? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Finding Common Ground In The Fight For Privacy

Sen. Rand Paul’s recent effort to force reforms on the National Security Agency’s data collection practices to protect the privacy of the American people has set off a firestorm of anger among the establishment of the Republican Party. From Rep. Peter King (R-NY) to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), there is a large parcel of the GOP that would eagerly sacrifice liberty for security. There is, however, one major push designed to limit the power of government that has a large base of support within the Republican establishment — the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad (LEADS) Act.

A bipartisan group of Senators are working diligently to pass the LEADS Act to overturn an extraordinary abuse of power by Eric Holder’s Justice Department. Led by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Dean Heller (R-Nevada), and Chris Coons (D-Delaware), these members are trying to establish rules balancing the needs of law enforcement to obtain the contents of electronic communications with privacy protections for citizens in the digital age. Unfortunately, the clock is ticking; and unless Congress acts quickly, only the Supreme Court will be left to restore rights that were taken by the government — if they even take the pending case.

The issue stems from an investigation by the Justice Department against an Irish citizen who stored information on a cloud computing system owned by an Irish company on servers stored on the island nation. If the information requested were a piece of paper instead of a byte of data, the DOJ would be forced, by treaty obligation, to request that the Irish government obtain a warrant on their behalf to obtain the information. Such requests among allies are commonplace and are not much of a hurdle for the government to jump over.

Rather than make such a request, the DOJ subpoenaed Microsoft and demanded they turn over the information because the Irish company is a subsidiary of Microsoft. Microsoft, in an effort to protect the privacy rights of their users, has rightfully refused to comply and filed a lawsuit against the government.

A federal district court in New York ruled for the government, suggesting that as an American company that wholly owns the Irish subsidiary, a simple domestic warrant is enough. Last July, the 2nd Circuit Appeals Court agreed; and in September, Microsoft asked to be held in contempt of the court so it could progress to the Supreme Court.

The ramifications of these decisions are critical for privacy rights, jurisdictional limitations of government power, and the ability of American companies to compete abroad.

Unless overturned by the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice’s argument that most anything stored on the cloud-based computer systems–even by foreign nationals on servers stored outside the United States–falls under their power will stand. Hence, the LEADS Act was introduced.

Support for the LEADs Act provides a perfect opportunity for members of the GOP to demonstrate support for privacy rights while limiting the power of the federal government.

From threatening to indict reporters who refuse to release their sources to Holder’s Department of Justice seizing two months worth of phone records from Associated Press reporters, the Obama administration will go down in history with one of the worst records for domestic civil liberties. The effort to grab control of the cloud computing systems is just the latest chapter in a sad era of the widespread violation of American constitutional liberties.

This is not a partisan issue. It is an issue with profound implications for the Bill of Rights, specifically the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. No matter who is in power, this legislation is a great way to clarify how the United States government wants Americans’ phone records to be treated by foreign nations. The natural right of privacy, and the right to police against law-breaking, are two interests that can be balanced in a way that makes sense and protects all Americans.

Privacy from government intrusion should be a conservative principle. Too many members of the GOP are willing to trust their privacy rights to bureaucrats in the NSA, the CIA, and the FBI. The LEADs Act is a small step in the right direction and creates a unique opportunity for the Republican Party to help restore some of the rights that have been trampled on by big government.

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Hillary Just Got Blindsided Big Time By This Awesome ‘Gift’ From Texas Republicans

Though she’s still keeping her distance from the media, Hillary Clinton is making herself very available to rich supporters who pay big money to rub elbows and break bread with the Democrats’ top 2016 aspirant. Wednesday night, as The Daily Mail reports, Clinton hobnobbed with high-living Texans who filled the $11.4 million mansion of a couple of personal injury lawyers who are ready for Hillary.

The $2,700-per-plate political affair in a posh suburban Dallas neighborhood drew not only Democrat donors to the home of the Texas trial lawyers, it also attracted a number of Republican activists who stood in the street with signs that read such things as, “I did not have textual relations w/ that server.” The reference, of course, was to the Emailgate scandal that continues to grow around Mrs. Clinton and her controversial use of a private, personal server for official government communications when she was secretary of state.

Highlighting the email scandal that plagues the presidential contender, The Texas GOP came to the party — or at least to the vicinity of the glitzy gathering — with a special “gift” for Mrs. Clinton. Aaron Whitehead, the communications director for the Republican Party of Texas, stood next to “a six-foot-tall, rack-mounted computer server wrapped with a broad red ribbon.”

The GOP spokesman told Daily Mail Online that the server represented Clinton’s decision to delete more than 32,000 of her own emails from a private server she used exclusively while she was America’s top diplomat.

The actual Clinton server and its secretive contents could soon become even bigger news for the presumed frontrunner for the Democrat 2016 nomination. The Daily Caller recently reported that a couple of whistleblowers from the State Department have stepped forward with information that could “blow the lid” off the scandal:

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform recently heard new information that could blow the lid off of the Hillary Clinton private email server scandal and shed new light on a consulting job Huma Abedin held while working as Clinton’s aide at the State Department.

Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz heads that House committee looking into the role that Clinton aide Abedin might have played in Emailgate, as well as her possible conflict of interest in dealing with a private company that may have had business dealings with Clinton’s State Department.

As for the Republicans’ “gift” to Hillary on her Dallas campaign swing, there’s no indication that she actually accepted it.

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