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NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey could become the first state in the nation to ban cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products in all public parks and beaches if Governor Chris Christie signs into law a sweeping anti-smoking bill approved by lawmakers.

The bill passed both houses of the New Jersey legislature with strong bipartisan support and was sitting on Chistie's desk on Friday but the Republican presidential hopeful would not indicate his intentions.

The legislation would completely prohibit smoking inside all state, county and municipal parks.

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June 21, 2014: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivers the keynote address during the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

WASHINGTON – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday night accused President Barack Obama and other Democrats of waging wars against religious liberty and education and said that a rebellion is brewing in the U.S.

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June 21, 2014: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivers the keynote address during the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

WASHINGTON – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday night accused President Barack Obama and other Democrats of waging wars against religious liberty and education and said that a rebellion is brewing in the U.S. with people ready for "a hostile takeover" of the nation's capital.

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June 21, 2014: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivers the keynote address during the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

WASHINGTON – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday night accused President Barack Obama and other Democrats of waging wars against religious liberty and education and said that a rebellion is brewing in the U.S.

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June 21, 2014: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivers the keynote address during the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

WASHINGTON – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday night accused President Barack Obama and other Democrats of waging wars against religious liberty and education and said that a rebellion is brewing in the U.S.

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FILE: March 17, 2013: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on CBS's "Face the Nation," in Washington, D.C.AP

The leader of the Republican National Committee on Sunday disagreed with assertions that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss to a Tea Party-backed candidate shows his party’s perilously divided, with immigration reform being a huge wedge issue.

“I don't think it's divided at all,” committee Chairman Reince Priebus told CBS’ “Face the Nation.

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THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0074 -- Pictured: (l-r) Host Jimmy Fallon and Governor Chris Christie during the "Evolution of Dad Dancing" skit on June 12, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC)2014 NBCUniversal Media, LLC

Chris Christie’s goal on “The Tonight Show” seemed to be to show that, despite falling off the 2016 radar, he was still in the game. When Fallon asked whether, hypothetically, he ran and Hillary Clinton ran for president, and whether he could beat her, Christie didn’t pause.

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Republican governors' leader Bobby Jindal turned on his party's national leadership on Wednesday, calling on the GOP to suggest alternative ideas for healthcare and immigration reform rather than simply defining itself as the "party of no".

Amid signs of a growing backlash among Republican moderates since the failed government shutdown and the landslide re-election of centrist New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Jindal opened the annual conference of governors in Arizona with a stark warning to the Tea Party-dominated House of Representatives.

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In his 26-page plan, Jindal lays out a lengthy critique of the health law — which he refers to throughout as “Obamacare” — and reiterates his belief that it needs to be entirely done away with. In its place, he sets forth a bevy of ideas that have run through conservative thought for years, in some cases renaming them and in other cases suggesting new variations on old themes.

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