While the financial markets are closely eyeing the shutdown of the government, Wall Street itself is barely being monitored by one of its federal watchdogs, who says it's had to furlough most of its staff.
Chris Christie is raising hopes with a three-state fundraising and speaking tour this week. The tough-talking, first-term New Jersey governor has repeatedly said he's not running for the Republican nomination, but the media and pundits who want him to run for president won't take "no" for an answer.
It's crunch time for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The Republican newcomer won a surprise victory last year over incumbent Democrat Jon S. Corzine in a state where President Obama enjoyed a 15-point edge. It was Mr. Christie's signature campaign issue, tax reform, that brought him to the statehouse. Now the former U.S. Attorney has less than a month left to get his proposed constitutional amendment limiting property taxes onto the November ballot.