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Richard J Codey

Christie runs New Jersey by remote control while seeking new job

TRENTON, N.J. He's the chief executive officer of an operation with $33 billion in annual revenue that's responsible for the health, wealth and safety of 8.9 million people. In the past six weeks, he's been out of the office about two-thirds of the time, trying to secure his next job. And yet Chris Christie, New Jersey's governor, says he's got it all under control. Thanks to technology like smartphones and Skype, he says he's able to remain in touch at all times with his staff back home. "I can walk and chew gum at the same time," he likes to say. Since Christie entered the presidential race on June 30, the two-term Republican has spent 26 of 43...