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Outlet: Wall Street Journal

I Should Have Worn a Mask

For seven months I was very careful about mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing. As someone with asthma, I knew I faced heightened risk. Then, at the Rose Garden nomination event for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, and during debate preparations with President Trump, I let my guard down and left my mask off. I mistook the bubble of security around the president for a viral safe zone. I was wrong. There is no safe zone from this virus.

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Outlet: ROI-NJ

Keep it simple, New Jersey: Make budget serve residents

Last week, Rich Bagger, former state senator and assemblyman, and former chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, spoke to a group of interested taxpayers and property owners brought together by the Garden State Initiative. Bagger offered his analysis of the current budget proposal and outlined an alternative budget strategy based on three straightforward steps that could be pursued by our legislators.

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Outlet: Morning Consult

During COVID-19 Crisis, Connectivity Emerges as the Great Equalizer

Over the past several months, Americans have faced significant challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Incredible economic stress and unknowns about the virus have been taxing and the road back has been challenging. One source of consistency for many has been the ability to move much of life online.

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COVID-19: What Healthcare Policy Lessons Have We Learned?

The life sciences research and development ecosystem, based largely in the United States, is racing to defeat COVID-19, with 140 plus vaccine development programs underway and over 1,400 clinical trials evaluating nearly 500 potential treatments. Together with the heroic efforts of front-line healthcare workers and public health leaders across the country and around the world, medical innovation offers great promise to see us through this crisis. And, once COVID-19 is defeated, it will be time for a national conversation about what lessons we have learned for public health and our healthcare system.

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Outlet: Axios

Scoop: Inside Trump's debate prep

Two weekends ago, President Trump met with a group of his closest aides in the conference room of his Bedminster golf club to discuss a subject that has been weighing heavily on his mind: the three scheduled debates with Joe Biden.

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Outlet: Washington Post

Why we need to take reasonable risks to restore economic prosperity

There is a false choice being peddled in the current debate over how to handle the pandemic: that those who advocate for a measured reopening of our economy value money over health and life. I respectfully disagree. I think the real choice is this: whether to inflict irreparable damage on the American way of life, or to take reasonable risks to restore economic prosperity.

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Outlet: Washington Post

Five actions we need to take to restore the American way of life

The argument over the covid-19 crisis and recovery seems to be governed by the extremes. Some believe that this is exclusively a medical judgment — that until we can guarantee safety for virtually every American, we must keep our country on some form of lockdown. Then there are states such as Georgia, where the governor seems to believe that opening nail salons now is a national imperative without regard to the known risks. Neither is right.

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Chris Christie Hosts 77 WABC Coronavirus Special

Former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie hosts a special Coronavirus Pandemic program on 77 WABC. Christie encourages the Garden State as they deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, and looks at the impact it’s having on the tri-state and nation. US Attorney of NJ Craig Carpenito and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan join the show.

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Press Release

Christie 55 Solutions LLC Announces New Managing Director

Governor Chris Christie, Managing Partner of Christie 55 Solutions LLC announced today that Bob Martin, his Commissioner of Environmental Protection in New Jersey for eight years, is joining the firm as a Managing Director. Bob represents the second significant addition to the Christie 55 Solutions team this year, following Rich Bagger, previously a global biopharmaceutical executive and Chief of Staff to Governor Christie, who joined the firm in January.

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Outlet: Washington Post

What Trump must do now to reduce the coronavirus risk

In late October 2012, scientists forecast that two giant storms were going to come together to create a superstorm on the Mid-Atlantic coast. I was governor of New Jersey at the time, and my administration understood that the most aggressive measures needed to be taken to protect lives.

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Outlet: White House

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grants of Clemency

Today, President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Grants of Clemency granting Full Pardons to the following individuals: Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Michael Milken, Ariel Friedler, Bernard Kerik, Paul Pogue, David Safavian, and Angela Stanton. In addition, President Trump signed Executive Grants of Clemency granting commutations to Rod Blagojevich, Tynice Nichole Hall, Crystal Munoz, and Judith Negron.

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Outlet: Transition Lab

2016: The Tale of Two Transitions

The Clinton and Trump transition leaders share what happened during the 2016 election. In this conversation, Rich Bagger (Trump) and Ed Meier (Clinton) discuss how they became involved with the transition, the challenges they faced and what happened after Election Day 2016.

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Press Release

Christie 55 Solutions LLC Announces New Member

Governor Chris Christie, Managing Member of Christie 55 Solutions LLC, a New Jersey based consulting firm, announced today that Richard Bagger, Chief of Staff for his first two years as Governor, is joining the firm as a Member and Executive Director

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Outlet: Washington Times

Chris Christie forms pro-Trump advocacy group Right Direction America

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has entered the impeachment fight with a new advocacy group that plans to spend tens of thousands of dollars on television and digital ads. Right Direction America’s initial ad buy runs through January with spots slamming Congress for wasting its time on impeaching President Trump...