Christie addresses opioid addiction crisis in final speech

Erika Holt
January 12, 2018

New Jersey Business and Industry Association President Michele Siekerka said in a statement that Christie was provided "misinformation" regarding the group's position on the measure.

While giving his exit interview with New Jersey Advance Media this weekend, Chris Christie elaborated on his thoughts on what went wrong with his 2016 campaign for president. His final state of the state address focused on his reform of public workers' pension system, a balanced state budget and lower taxes.

After working with a Democratic-controlled legislature over the course of his tenure, he said bipartisanship was often the key to getting things done - though he also bragged about wielding his veto pen to keep the legislature's spending in check.

These measures were among the more than three-dozen bills the governor approved on Monday, almost a third of which related to healthcare issues, several of which - like the bipartisan-backed ombudsman for disabled residents - have been in discussion for years.

The 55-year-old governor's next steps are not clear.

Just 5 percent of New Jersey adults said they would miss Christie, according to a poll released Tuesday, while almost 10 times as many said their view of the governor was best reflected as: "Glad to see you go, don't let the door hit you on the way out".

This may seem particularly rich coming from Christie, a candidate who took a mere 5 percent of the votes in Iowa and 7 percent of the votes in New Hampshire.

"'We all still don't know and we are all looking forward to finding out", Mr. Palatucci said.

"What Bridgegate did was deprive me of the benefit of the doubt - that's all". "Chris Christie thinking he would have won the nomination if not for Trump suggests he's so insane he should be White House communications director", John Podoretz of the New York Post wrote. He hands state government over to Democratic Gov. -elect Phil Murphy on January 16.

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He said the state is eagerly awaiting a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in New Jersey's attempt to have legalized sports gambling in Atlantic City, an effort that he said he kept at even when "experts" advised him to abandon it.

"The results were not always flawless; you know, they never are ideal", Christie said of the Sandy response.

Mr. Christie, a former US attorney, became a GOP star after he took on the public sector unions and teachers in dramatic town hall events.

Christie has often suggested that Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was behind this move as payback for locking up his father, Charles Kushner, back during Christie's US attorney days.

"I did it the way I wanted to do it and I was myself the whole time", the governor explained.

"His numbers continually deteriorated as New Jersey voters felt he turned his back on his day job", Mr. Murray said.

The book relies on extensive interviews with former Trump advisor Steve Bannon, who shockingly questions the president's competence and who describes a June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic".

After the election, Christie served briefly as the head of the transition team before he was demoted.

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