Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:
* Some Democrats in the New Jersey legislature are so annoyed by Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) absences that they’re working on a controversial new bill. The plan would require any Garden State governor who runs for president to step down from their office.
* Marco Rubio hasn’t yet announced his second-quarter fundraising numbers, but a tax-exempt group allied with the Florida Republican has already raised $15.8 million for the election cycle. The group, the Conservative Solutions Project, is already playing in a legally complex area – it shares a name and some staff with Rubio’s super PAC, but the tax-exempt entity can keep all of its donors hidden.
* If Carly Fiorina hoped her quarterly fundraising numbers would make her Republican presidential campaign seem more serious, she’s probably disappointed right now. The former HP executive has raised about $1.4 million since launching her longshot bid two months ago.
* Ted Cruz and Glenn Beck agreed yesterday that the United States is facing “destruction.” The host added, “So if we don’t correct it now, we’re done,” to which the Republican presidential hopeful responded, “It is now or never.” Good to know.
* Donald Trump apparently has a super PAC, called the Make America Great Again PAC, though its existence is limited at this point to a post-office box.
* Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R) presidential campaign isn’t well positioned, at least not yet, but his super PAC hopes to give him a boost with a $700,000 investment in Iowa TV time. The ad campaign will stretch from July 13 to August 2.
* Speaking of Jindal, the Louisiana governor isn’t getting invitations to any of the Koch brothers’ events for GOP candidates, and he’s not happy about it.
* And former New York Gov. George Pataki (R), who’s also running for president, yesterday challenged Donald Trump to debate him, one-on-one, on the issue of immigration. No word yet on whether Trump is inclined to accept the invitation.