Nick R. Martin

Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him at nick@talkingpointsmemo.com

Articles by Nick

New Jersey lawmakers had a chance today to purge a Republican state senator from investigating the bridge scandal after questions were raised about whether he was involved in the scandal itself. So what did they do?

On Tuesday, the news broke that Gov. Chris Christie met in September with an executive whose company has been linked to allegations involving Hurricane Sandy relief money and a real estate development. Now, TPM's own Hunter Walker reports that the ties between the governor and the executive run much deeper. Both have more than a decade of involvement with the same New Jersey charity. You're going to want to read this.

The phrase of the day is courtesy of ex-Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

Gov. Chris Christie's administration plans its second event of the day to push back against the allegations from the mayor of Hoboken, N.J. This one is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET and involves the director of the Governor's Office of Recovery and Rebuilding. Stay tuned.

MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski spent a big chunk of their show this morning attacking the local mayor who made allegations this weekend against Gov. Chris Christie's administration.

Now that New Jersey's Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R) is in the news, it's worth revisiting the profile our own Hunter Walker wrote about her last year. Turns out she's something of a mystery even to New Jersey political insiders. But she's the person who will inherit the governor's office if Chris Christie leaves to run for president.

Meanwhile this morning, Guadagno strongly denied allegations that she threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy aid from Hoboken, N.J. unless the mayor there approved a development project favored by the governor.

Update: January 18, 2014, 12:01 PM

When federal appellate court judge Boyce F. Martin Jr. announced his retirement in July, he was praised as "one of the giants of the Kentucky judiciary."

But what was unknown publicly until Friday was that Martin left the bench under a cloud of accusations that he had racked up "questionable travel expenses."

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