Governor Chris Christie touts accomplishments, bids NJ farewell in final address


Chris Christie is giving his last speech as governor.

"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".

He also pointed to the accomplishment of bail reform. New Jersey would become only the fifth state to regulate these facilities, according to the Democratic sponsors. "None of the things the governor talked about would've happened without Democratic support".

Christie spoke about the opioid crisis in Tuesday's speech once again.

"We are still losing too many of our citizens to this disease, but we are now taking concrete steps to try turn back the tide of death and suffering", Christie said. The governor also OK'd a proposal to extend civil rights protections to nursing mothers.

One such family is Kevin and Maryann Meara, who lost their son KC to an overdose 10 years ago. "They're much more of an obsession of folks in the media and the know-nothing academics that you guys call all the time on speed dial, who literally have never done anything in politics. Every day for over five years".

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Christie, who leaves office on January 16 to make way for Democratic Gov. -elect Phil Murphy, also conceded that his standing as governor and presidential candidate was damaged by the "gate" scandals - Bridgegate and Beachgate. Bridgegate delivered a blow to his reputation, followed by his failed presidential run.

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"New Jersey offers a number of support channels for individuals with developmental disabilities - so many, that it has become increasingly hard for families to understand where they need to go, or who they need to talk to access these services", Kean said.

"[The] stakes are exciting", Christie said of the presidential campaign. Most of all, I thank the wonderful people of the great state of New Jersey.

Inaugural events for Governor-elect Phil Murphy will begin on Friday in Newark. The act is slated to take effect immediately, enabling Christie to fill the post before Murphy takes office.