TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivered his 8th, and final, State of the State Address.

He spent an hour and a half recalling the challenges and accomplishments of his administration, and warned against a return to the old way of doing things.

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From turning Camden and Atlantic City around to keeping taxes in check and dealing with Superstorm Sandy, Christie was clear. He took on a state in crisis when he took the reins of state government.

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“The crisis could have defeated us,” he said. “Now in the same way, if we revert to the policies of the past, believe me. It is a short road back to the edge of disaster.”

He called for extension of a two percent cap on most property tax and spending hikes that expired January One, as well as efforts to restore solvency to the state pension system.

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Christie was also effusive in his praise for those he worked with on both sides of the aisle and says he returns to private life next week “even prouder to be one of you”