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Scandal-tested New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sworn into 2nd term

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 21 2014 01:11:49 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 21 2014 04:49:29 PM CST
Chris Christie

Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

For the first time since emails linked his office to the decision to close lanes to the George Washington Bridge, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to take questions from Garden State residents Monday night.

TRENTON, N.J. -

Starting his second term, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he's been given a mandate by the voters to stay the course.

Speaking after he was sworn in for the new term, Christie said his 22-point victory margin in November leaves him with "no moral option but to heed the voice of the voters."

He reiterated his call for tax cuts for the middle class, and he made no mention of the multiple investigations of his administration.

Christie spoke less than an hour after Democratic state lawmakers said they would merge investigative panels looking into lane closures on an approach to the George Washington Bridge.

While pushing ahead with his agenda, Christie also spoke of the need for bipartisanship and diversity.

"We have to be willing to play outside the red and blue boxes," and to "reach out to those who look or speak differently than us," Christie said.

And he warned against falling victim to what he called "the attitude of Washington, D.C.," which he said "puts political wins ahead of policy agreements."

Also sworn in for a second term Tuesday was Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who's been drawn into the controversy surrounding Christie in recent days.

The Democratic mayor of Hoboken said the lieutenant governor warned her that her city would lose out on recovery aid following Superstorm Sandy, if she didn't support a real estate project involving people with close ties to the governor. The lieutenant governor has denied it.