Chris Christie blames Trump for why he's not president, quickly gets humiliated

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Chris Christie says the Bridgegate scandal that rocked his administration affected him more severely than losing his bid to be the 2016 Republican nominee for president. "We needed tough leadership to deal with these problems". "The issues you're talking about are exciting", the governor said.

"Just as importantly, we have moved from an imbalance of 31 seats to an imbalance of only 5 seats favoring the Democratic party", Christie said.

"He was a blank slate to a vast majority of New Jersey voters", Mr. Murray said. "I hope, as we move forward, governors and senators respect the rule of law and finish the job we started-by keeping the bench full and politically balanced".

Over his two terms, the Republican oversaw a pension overhaul, secured a multi-billion-dollar transportation program financed by a higher gas tax, and invested millions of dollars in fighting the opioid crisis.

In a 90-minute address at the state Assembly chamber, Mr. Christie reviewed the highlights, including adding private sector jobs and cutting the unemployment rate in half from the depths of the Great Recession, and leaving a more stable budget after changing the pension system for state workers.

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He praised Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno-with whom he has had a notoriously rocky relationship-for joining him as the state's first lieutenant governor, a position that was created when Christie was running.

Christie said that even though he has enjoyed his time as governor, his "happiest days" were when he was the US attorney, from 2002 through 2008.

Some of New Jersey's families dealing with addiction said that they were thankful for the governor's efforts. "And I absolutely believe if Trump had not gotten into the race I think we would have won".

He chastised public-sector union leaders who he said "have never cared" about how the state would pay for its promises and warned his successor that it's a "short road back to the edge of disaster" if the state abandons his pro-growth policies and fiscal restraint.

On Jan. 16, Gov. -elect Phil Murphy (D-NJ) will be inaugurated and take over the governor's mansion now held by Gov.

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"In the last eight years I have vetoed more tax increases than any governor in modern American history", Mr. Christie said. "But I'll tell you what was flawless: the effort, the compassion and the focus".

Will Christie have any final advice for Murphy?

"You're probably not going to be happy because we're not going to fight as much", at least not publicly, Sweeney told reporters.

The poll, which was conducted in November, found that only 13 percent have a favorable impression of Christie, a new low, with 68 percent saying their impression in unfavorable.

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