Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Turner Since winning the New Jersey statehouse, Gov. Chris Christie has become the darling of conservatives nationwide. Recently, an influential group of Iowa Republicans traveled to Princeton to beseech Christie to go after the GOP presidential nomination.
Chris Christie's last State of the State address, as prepared for delivery. Before we begin, let us rise one more time for, not a moment of silence but a moment of celebration, for the extraordinary life of Governor Brendan Byrne.
That is what he would have wanted -- not silence, but celebration. Story Continued Below Nine years ago yesterday, I went to pick up eight-year-old Patrick and five-year-old Bridget from school.
On my way out of the school with them, on the front lawn of the Assumption School in Morristown, I announced to the assembled media that I was running for Governor of New Jersey. On that day, I said many things but the most important statement was this: We need to remember where we were nine years ago.
On the brink of financial ruin as a state. More people unemployed than at any time in modern history. A culture in Trenton of avoiding the tough decisions. Of borrowing at a breakneck pace. The highest property taxes in America growing at a record rate.
We needed tough and plain-spoken leadership to deal with these problems. We needed to care less about being loved and more about being respected.
We ran to be different. We ran to talk bluntly.
We ran to offer tough but achievable solutions. We ran to be a Governor who did not just mark time. We ran to win and to be a Governor of consequence. And, even though it is easy to forget those days and minimize those crises of nine years ago, in crisis indeed we were in Without the new policies and new attitude a band of former prosecutors brought here nine years ago, the crisis would have defeated us.
Now, in the same way, if we revert to the policies of the past, it is a short road back to disaster. Due to the fighting attitude we brought and the pro-growth policies we have fought for and achieved together, I am proud to be here today to tell you that the State of our State is very good and -- without question -- much better than it was eight years ago.
Eight years ago, we inherited a state with an unemployment rate nearly ten percent. In our eight years, that unemployment rate was cut in half.
Eight years ago, we had lostprivate sector jobs and businesses were leaving our state at a record pace. Today, we have helped the private sector createnew jobs andnew businesses were created in New Jersey in alone, an all-time economic record for our state.
More New Jerseyans are employed today than at any time in our history -- a long way from the depressing record of eight years ago. How did it happen?Current New Jersey Governor Chris Christie practiced law after receiving his JD from Seton Hall University Law School.
While in private practice, Christie was a regular figure on Republican campaigns, including for Presidents George H.
W. Bush and George W. Bush. Of all of the printable words used to describe Chris Christie—bold, brash, boisterous—bully might be mentioned the most. The Republican New Jersey governor has garnered a reputation for being. “Chris Christie has not been a good governor.
Chris Christie is not one to be calling up in the record books and pointing to as a record of achievement or accomplishment,” John Wisniewski, chairman of the New Jersey Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee, said to me. – Marking the first extensive reform of New Jersey’s tenure law in over years, Governor Christie signed into law the Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of New Jersey (TEACHNJ) Act, a sweeping, bipartisan overhaul of the oldest tenure law in the nation.
Below is outgoing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's last State of the State address, as prepared for delivery. Before we begin, let us rise one more time for, not a moment of silence but a moment.
Echoing the priorities set by Governor Murphy, the Board authorized an agreement with the New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) to advance development of “The Hub” in downtown New Brunswick, and a venture fund investment that will support growth-stage, software and technology-enabled companies in New Jersey.