New Jersey governor Chris Christie delivered remarks at the Hoover Institution on Friday, March 23, 2012, to tout the “New Jersey Comeback,” as he calls it, and to discuss some of our nation’s most pressing issues, including the economy, national security, education, and health care. Governor Christie expressed his commitment to setting the standard for governance in America, which includes basic principles such as “being honest, not mincing words, and tackling big and difficult issues.” Since the Christie administration came into office, New Jersey has added more than 60,000 new private-sector jobs, representing tremendous growth in a state that, two years earlier, had lost 117,000 jobs. Also since taking office, Governor Christie has been able to reform New Jersey’s pension system, which The New York Post called “something of a miracle.” Although the governor is proud of his administration’s accomplishments regarding the economy and employment, tax, and pension issues, he emphasized the importance of maintaining this momentum both on a state and on a national level. Furthermore, he is confident New Jersey will set the example for the nation.
Before delivering his remarks and taking questions from the audience, Governor Christie participated in a roundtable discussion with Hoover Institution scholars on a range of issues including the economy, jobs, and education.
Governor Christie was sworn in as New Jersey’s fifty-fifth governor on January 19, 2010. A lifelong New Jerseyan, Governor Christie has been outspoken about his willingness and commitment to work with both democrats and republicans. Since taking office, the governor has outlined the following priorities for his administration: pursuing an aggressive reform agenda to restore fiscal integrity and accountability to state and local government; combating New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes; instituting historic reform of the state’s pension and health benefits system; and, reforming public education in an effort to identify and turn around failing schools so that every child has access to a quality education.
Governor Christie visited the Hoover Institution as a featured guest of its Leadership Forum, which seeks to engage influential voices and rising political leaders with the Institution, its scholars, and its supporters. As part of this forum, the Hoover Institution has recently welcomed guests including House Speaker John Boehner; New Jersey mayor Cory Booker; House Majority leader Eric Cantor; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; Senator John Kerry; vice president of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic; former governor Mitt Romney; and Portugal president Aníbal Cavaco Silva.
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