Today in 5 Lines
In a tweet, President Trump offered help to a terminally ill infant in the United Kingdom who has been at the center of a legal battle. Trump is expected to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week, according to a German government spokesperson. Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno blasted New Jersey Governor Chris Christie after images emerged of him and his family lounging on a public beach that had been among those closed by the government shutdown. Republican Representative Ann Wagner said that she will not be running for the Senate in Missouri and will instead seek re-election to her House seat. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh called the Trump administration’s request for voter data “repugnant,” joining other states who have rejected the request.
How Chris Christie is like a Greek tragedy
Here’s your beer cooler talk for the Fourth: New Jersey’s state government is shut down amid a budget crisis, so state beaches are closed for the Fourth of July holiday. Closed for everyone, apparently, except for Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) and his family, who were photographed by local media enjoying a seemingly empty beach.
And remarkably unlike the governor who, five years ago, Republicans were begging to run for president. A year ago, he was being talked about as Trump’s vice president. He has the talent, Blake says: “I’ve rarely seen a politician who seemed so comfortable in his own skin, so quick-witted and ready for prime time with relatively little experience in elective office.”
Now, by some polls, Christie is the least-popular governor in two decades across a number of states. (He’s term limited at the end of this year.) What a fall.