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2015 State of the State Address

Tuesday, January 13, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Gov. Chris Christie delivered his 2015 State of the State address at the Statehouse in Trenton today. The Governor focused largely on social issues such a bail reform, drug addiction, and education. Christie also spoke about the economy, noting that New Jersey is better off now than it was five years ago when he took office.

Christie noted unemployment is down in the state, although it is higher the national average. The topic of economic development was discussed, with the Governor using Camden as an example of reform and bipartisanship efforts to increase jobs, safety and competitiveness.

Christie was largely retroactive in his speech, discussing the year past and earlier achievements in his term. He hailed interest arbitration as an accomplishment for the state and its taxpayers as well as the Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 that aims to improve the state business climate.

Christie spent a considerable amount of time discussing the pension system and the looming unfunded liability, referring to it as an insatiable beast" and a "long-term problem." Christie appointed a task force to provide solutions for the problem but did not make any recommendations during his address. Christie also spoke on the raising property taxes faced by New Jerseyan’s, however did not speak to any course to provide relief.

A few important points which Christie did not mention were the Transportation Trust Fund, environment, energy, Atlantic City, healthcare and infrastructure. Lastly, Christie, in a nod to how some say he will step down as governor to mount a presidential campaign: "I will be standing here in one year."

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