Politico Adds Some Ginger Spice

Politico is once again casting its gaze East for its hires and is bringing on Ginger Gibson from the New Jersey Star-Ledger. Her title is national politics reporter. They call the Texas native a “blazing talent” and say her New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie coverage caught their eye.

Why is Ginger a reporter? Why ask why when she can explain herself? On her website she writes, “When I was a kid, I was always in trouble for ‘back talking.’ [Uh oh. Watch out, VandeHarris] I insisted on knowing not only why the sky was blue or how cars worked, I wanted an explanation for why I had to eat my veggies, go to day care or pick up my toys. I never grew out of that phase. As I got older the questions became more complex. Why were specific lessons at school selected? Why were some laws written? And since I apparently liked being in trouble, why was my curfew so early? All that trouble paid off. Now I get to ask ‘why?’ for a living.”

Ginger insists there is more to her than journalism. Louisiana holds a special place in her heart — while residing in Baton Rouge the 2008 LSU graduate lived through Hurricane Katrina. Food is also big in her book and she says there isn’t anything she won’t try. Her role model? It’s Helen Thomas. Yes, that Helen Thomas, the longtime 90-something spitfire White House reporter who resigned after telling Jews to get the hell out of Palestine. “I try everyday to ask hard questions,” Ginger writes on her site. “And to wear red.”

Congratulations to Ginger.

See the internal memo from National Politics Editor Charles Mahtesian after the jump…

Some big news to report from the Politics shop: Ginger Gibson will join us Nov. 7 as a national politics reporter. Her sharp and tireless reporting on Chris Christie caught our attention some time ago, and the more closely we looked, the more we realized she is a blazing talent who was built for our Politics team.
She comes to us from the Star Ledger, where she spent the last year chronicling the Christie governorship and New Jersey politics. Prior to that, Ginger covered politics and government for The News Journal
in Delaware, where she drew notice for her aggressive coverage of Christine O’Donnell in the 2010 Senate race.

Ginger is a 2008 graduate of Louisiana State University, where she worked for The Daily Reveille, the student publication, and interned at The News Journal and The Times-Picayune.

A Port Arthur, Texas, native, Ginger is a rabid sports fan and amateur foodie. Following the conclusion of the 2012 election cycle, we’ll marry Ginger’s political savvy and her statehouse experience: She’ll join
our Congress team up on the Hill.

Please join me in welcoming her to POLITICO.