Bob's Blog: Scandal in New Jersey; The War on Poverty continues


It's been a rough week for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The governor fired his deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, and he distanced himself political advisor Bill Stepien, who ran his recent re-election campaign.  Kelly and David Wildstein, a Christie appointee to a top port authority job, who has since resigned over the scandal, had exchanged e-mails that implicated them in a plan to backlog traffic on the George Washington Bridge – an alleged political payback against the mayor of Fort Lee, NJ, a democrat who failed to endorse Republican Gov. Christie during his campaign.

This Sunday on Face the Nation, we'll talk to another leading Republican, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, about the scandal in New Jersey -- and what it means for the GOP presidential field in 2016. We’ll also hear from New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who is leading the investigation into the misconduct.

This week also marked 50 years since President Johnson declared the government’s War on Poverty. With income inequality on the rise, we'll ask Senator Rubio about his new strategy to combat poverty in America -- and whether his plan to bolster the role of states in social welfare programs can win support in Congress.

We will also talk with Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-MD, who will answer our questions about the Democrats' strategy to addess America's poverty crisis.

Of course, no Sunday would be complete without analysis from our weekly roundtable. Joining us are Rana Foroohar of Time, Michael Gerson of The Washington Post, John Harris of Politico, and Gerald Seib of The Wall Street Journal.

Finally, five years ago this week, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger captivated the nation when he landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River. We'll talk with Capt. Sullenberger about his memories of that harrowing flight and how he sees the future of flight safety in America.