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Christie Admits his Political Future is tied to Storm Recovery

christie_opt-2_copyBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The “Jersey Comeback” has taken on a new meaning; but Governor Chris Christie says it is still in effect.

Christie figures to speak largely about Hurricane Sandy in his State of the State Address, scheduled for 2:00 p.m. today.

“Whatever it was going to be, it’s now all going to be about the storm,” Christie said, according to Businessweek. “I don’t think there’s really anything that I could discuss with the people of the state that’s more relevant than that.”

Christie spoke for a time in 2012 of a “Jersey Comeback,” his term for job creation in the state, and its economic recovery. But New Jersey’s unemployment numbers showed otherwise, and the advent of Hurricane Sandy gave the “comeback” an entirely new meaning.

The New Jersey governor said the storm made him much more emotional. "Sadness and loss touches me more and more deeply than it did before,” Christie told The Star-Ledger. “I’m supposing that’s a result of just all the sadness and loss that I saw up so close.”

Christie said he wouldn’t be satisfied until he wins the November gubernatorial election by the largest margin of a Republican in a generation. He graded his job performance for 2012 an “A.”

"If you went through what I went through, especially the last three months of the year, you get an “A,” " Christie said to The Star-Ledger.

Christie is currently looking at his highest popularity ratings since he’s been in office, WNYC reported . New Jersey still has some of the highest foreclosure numbers and unemployment rates in the U.S., but reports say Christie may speak about tax cuts in today’s speech.

 

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