Chris Christie: New Jersey better off after tenure

Chris Christie: New Jersey better off after tenure

Chris Christie (R) said in a new interview he would have definitely won the 2016 presidential election if President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE had not made a decision to run. His final state of the state address focused on his reform of public workers' pension system, a balanced state budget and lower taxes. Just imagine what can happen with a Democrat legislature, with a Democrat governor.

Nevertheless, Christie told NJ.com he is pleased with the way his eight years as governor went.

During his tenure in office-and particularly during his final year-Christie poured significant resources into combating the state's opioid epidemic, hailing legislation passed last year to limit the amount of opioid drugs that could be prescribed and the inter-state prescription information database that New Jersey spearheaded on his watch in order to cut multiple prescriptions.

The 55-year-old governor's next steps are not clear.

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.

Chris Christie was once thought of as a potential Republican candidate for president, but quickly fell out of favor after the infamous "Bridgegate" scandal.

Christie signed the bill Monday and criticized the group, saying its opposition was "illogical".

"What Bridgegate did was deprive me of the benefit of the doubt - that's all", he said.


Even so, the New Jersey governor suggested he would have won had Trump not entered the race.

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

"You know that's not true, so stop, OK?"

Mr. Christie, a former USA attorney, became a GOP star after he took on the public sector unions and teachers in dramatic town hall events.

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

"His numbers continually deteriorated as New Jersey voters felt he turned his back on his day job", Mr. Murray said.

Mr. Christie's presidential bid flamed out in the New Hampshire primary in 2016, and weeks later he became one of the most high-profile establishment Republicans to endorse Donald Trump, leaving many to conclude he would likely be rewarded with a Cabinet post.

After the election, Christie served briefly as the head of the transition team before he was demoted.

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