Gov. Chris Christie delivers N.J. State of the State address
Updated On: Jan 15 2014 04:45:11 AM CST
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie found himself in the spotlight again on Tuesday.
The governor delivered his State of the State address in Trenton to the 216th Session of the Legislature and New Jersey citizens.
Christie briefly acknowledged the Bridgegate controversy before he unveiled a new way forward.
"The last few weeks have tested this administration. Mistakes were made. We let down the citizens we are intended to serve," Christie said.
Christie then segued into how New Jersey Republicans and Democrats worked together.
"The best part of our turnaround in these past four years is because we have chosen to work together….Four balanced budgets passed with bipartisan support. Pension reform and tenure reform passed with bipartisan support. A cap on property taxes passed with bipartisan support," Christie said.
The theme of Christie's address was "an attitude of choice."
"In this new year and in the next four years, we need to build on this momentum by creating a new attitude. We need to create an attitude of choice," Christie said.
Christie said lawmakers had big choices to make and added it couldn't happen without major compromise.
"It is not about choosing everything. It is not about saying yes to everyone. It is about setting our priorities and choosing to invest in New Jersey where it matters and to put in place the reforms and reductions that make it possible," Christie said.
Christie said changes in the state's public school system should be one of those choices.
"Life in 2014 is much different than 100 years ago. It demands something more for our students. It is time to lengthen the school day and school year in New Jersey," Christie said.
Christie said more time in class is necessary to improve the education of all Jersey students.
"Our children need more time in school. Some of them to catch up, some of them to excel more," Christie said.
Christie also called for reductions in Jersey property taxes and bail reform.
But he said those changes require funding--funding that needs to come from somewhere.
"If we do not choose to reduce our soaring pension and debt costs we will miss the opportunity to change the lives of every New Jersey citizen," Christie said.
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