The Christie Tracker podcast: The London mauling

 Gov. Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie, outside the Arsenal football match in London. (Tim Larsen/Governor's Office)

Gov. Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie, outside the Arsenal football match in London. (Tim Larsen/Governor's Office)

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This week on the Christie Tracker Podcast, Host David Furst discuss the governor’s trade mission to England with New Jersey Public Radio’s Matt Katz and Tom Moran, editorial page editor for The Star-Ledger.

Just last Friday, Chris Christie was basking in some very welcome news. Mitt Romney was not going to pursue another presidential run. That night, the governor had dinner with Romney and then he was off to London on a trade mission – with plans to meet with Prime Minister David Cameron and the promise of, perhaps, some good publicity back home.

Then things went off script.

It all started with a comment about vaccinations.

Asked about the measles outbreak in America, Christie said that parents should have “some measure of choice” when it comes to vaccinations. The backlash was immediate.

Still in damage control mode, a brutal New York Times article detailed the governor’s travel habits and expensive tastes. Among the tidbits, the King of Jordan sprang for a $30,000 luxury hotel stay. Another detailed report looked into his travel and how it was funded.

The London trip ended without fanfare. The governor sneaked out of town, canceling all remaining availabilities with reporters.

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