By David Madden

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — New Jersey governor Chris Christie today delivered his annual “State of the State” message to a joint legislative session in Trenton, but his 46-minute address seemed at times to reflect his well-reported aspirations to run for president in 2016.

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Christie’s speech heralded what the governor says were bipartisan accomplishments on taxes, education, and judicial reform.  And he pointed, in particular, to Camden’s turnaround by referring to Mayor Dana Redd.

“I’m a Republican. She’s a Democrat,” said Christie. “And it has not mattered for one minute.  And I make this offer to every major city mayor in New Jersey:  if you’re willing to put down the sword of partisan politics, I will extend my hand in partnership.”

He called for bringing pensions under control, but offered no paticulars.

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In response, Democrats such as Assembly majority leader Lou Greenwald say the turnaround in Camden may be great, but, “to not mention Atlantic City and the crisis that’s going there and the South Jersey depression that would take place if that city faltered — it’s malpractice.”

Greenwald also points out there was also no mention by Christie of the state’s almost bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund, except for Christie’s repeat of a vow to veto any tax increase that comes his way.


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