Governor Christie Gives Final State of the State Address

President Donald Trump shakes hands with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during an opioid and drug abuse listening session

Governor Christie Gives Final State of the State Address

Chris Christie state of state. "We needed tough leadership to deal with these problems".

"A smart, politically balanced and fully staffed judiciary should be the goal of every governor", he said. State law requires that there is an even distribution between Republicans and Democrats on our Superior Court.

"[The] stakes are exciting", Christie said of the presidential campaign.

"During my term, I have done all I could do to support a welcoming environment to working mothers in New Jersey workplaces".

"We needed to care less about being loved and more about being respected", Christie said, explaining why he first ran for governor in 2009.

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Christie also signed a bill to create the Hearing Impairment Task Force to assess the available state programs and make recommendations on how to improve services for the almost 1 million New Jersey residents who are deaf or have hearing loss.

Perhaps Christie's most lasting legacy will be his work to combat the opioid crisis, a cause near and dear to his heart after he lost a friend to drug addiction years ago.

"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 governor also OK'd a proposal to extend civil rights protections to nursing mothers.

"If we do not, let me assure you that there are not enough taxes to raise or other programs to cut to feed the insatiable beast of public employee pensions and platinum-plus health benefits", Christie said. And though we are not now that strength which in old days moved heaven and earth, that which we are, we are. To strive, to seek, to find and never to yield'.

Christie is the first Garden State governor to give eight State of the State addresses in almost 30 years.

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"I can only tell you who ultimately executed on it and that was [Steve] Bannon, [Reince] Priebus, and [Jared] Kushner", he told

Christie signed the legislation Monday along with dozens of other measures, including related bills.

Murphy will replace Christie as Governor next week. "For that and so much more, I thank you".

William Palatucci, a member of the Republican National Committee from New Jersey and longtime Christie adviser, said Mr. Christie is still hashing out what comes next and that he has been approached with various opportunities.

"Release from jail pending trial is now no longer based on how much money you have in the bank but on the seriousness of the accusations and your criminal record", the Governor said.

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New Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-Middlesex, said the address "reflects the fact that we can still make a difference".

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