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Christie Takes Oath Of Office Amid Scandals

Inauguration speech ignores scandals that plague the governor's administration.

Gov. Chris Christie, under fire from a multitude of sources, took the oath of office today to begin his second term at the state’s helm, striking a conciliatory tone with a speech that did not directly address the scandals that embroil his administration.

Christie took the oath of office, administered by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of the New Jersey Supreme Court, before an assemblage of the state Legislature, friends and family at the War Memorial in Trenton. Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno also was sworn in. 

In his inauguration speech, Christie acknowledged the growing snowstorm outside, but said nothing of the Hoboken or George Washington bridge scandals gripping his administration.

“It’s only fitting that in this administration,’’ Christie said at the end of his speech, “with more hurricanes, snowstorms, flooding and disaster of the natural sort than any administration that I can remember in my lifetime, that we begin the second term in the same way.”

Christie struck a modest tone with in his speech and diverted only rarely from the prepared remarks given to reporters just before the governor spoke. He stressed the importance of bipartisanship and used the word “together' numerous times.

The speech was short on policy, but Christie did stress two points that were also central to his State of the State speech last week: educational reform and drug treatment.

Christie, who has frequently tussled with the state’s largest teachers union, the New Jersey Education Association, vowed to push to narrow the achievement gap in the state’s schools.

“No matter what adult we have to offend, no matter where you came from, no matter what sacred cow we must slay, no matter how much we have to change the conventional thinking, we will no longer stand for the achievement gap which exists between our best and least educated children,” Christie said.

A longtime champion of drug treatment, Christie also spoke briefly about the importance of getting help for drug addicts, not prison.

“We will end the failed war on drugs that believes that incarceration is the cure of every ill caused by drug abuse,” Christie said. “We will make drug treatment available to as many of our non-violent offenders as we can and we will partner with our citizens to create a society that understands that every life has value and no life is disposable.”

Christie said the November election in which he routed Democratic challenger Barbara Buono by 22 percentage points was a mandate from New Jersey voters. 

“It was the largest and loudest voice of affirmation that the people of our state have given to any direction in three decades,” Christie said.

But the election also holds the record for lowest turnout of any in state history. 

Christie also made a several pitches for smaller government and references to a tax cut that eluded him in his first term.

“For those who prefer economic growth and opportunity to government redistribution and higher taxes, I say this to say to you today: Come to New Jersey. You will be welcome here.”

Dee Caputo January 22, 2014 at 08:56 AM
I DID NOT HAVE SEX WITH THAT WOMAN!! I also support and will back our president elect. REALLY !!! Look at the shape we are in now. We got it all. We need a strong person like Christie to help us. My children now need help from their parents to live. My dad needs financial help. Thanks for everything president. Dee
Mel Sharples January 22, 2014 at 09:06 AM
If this was all politically motivated...why did everyone wait until AFTER the election to bring all this to light? Has anyone asked themselves that? And was the Benghazi warning along the lines of "Libya is dangerous" or "Bin Laden determined to strike the US using commercial aviation". I still have not been given an answer by the tinfoil hat brigade on that one.
Marielaina LaRosa January 22, 2014 at 09:10 AM
I would love to see if some of you would be so quick to shoot off your mouths is you posted these comments w/o an alias.
Mel Sharples January 22, 2014 at 09:12 AM
Guys, I voted for Christie and think he's done a much better job than his predecessors. But let's get real. He's a C+ governor. The economic growth of the state is pathetic. The property tax cap has been implemented elsewhere (NY) without making a big deal about it. It's not a revolutionary concept. I get that he was left a mess, but I don't see star quality here. And as for winning the GOP Primary? Please. The only path for him now is to run hard-right and lose any shot at winning the general election. That "bipartisan" tag line no longer works.
Andy Pat January 22, 2014 at 09:24 AM
Ironic that as CC was having his swearing in, former VA Gov McDonnell was getting indicted. If 2 or 3 of the 20 subpoenas bear fruit, CC will be getting indicted also. McDonnell was a VP consideration of Mitt and had 2016 POTUS aspirations. These guys burn out faster than a shooting star.
Mac January 22, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Well Marielaina LaRosa, there are other concerns involved for some of us who post more than 18 times a year on here. I, for one, have been asked by my local police department to please reframe from using my full name so more police officers don't have to be hired to keep up with the body count of those that don't always see eye to eye with me. And you can't begin to imagine how happily my neighbors endorsed that community request. However, one of my buddies who posts in his full name is looking for a new pad. Any vacant homes on your street available?
Phil Brooks January 22, 2014 at 09:36 AM
Mel, Why did this scandal break only after the election? That's a question I asked, too. Prefacing that, if this can be traced back to the Governor's office, I'd love to see Christie hung, was there a Democratic agenda or did they truly not know until after the election? If they knew BEFORE the election, well, Christie won by 20 points. So, the scandal breaks and Christie still wins by five or ten. But he wins. And, he gets his vote of confidence and so-called "Bridge-gate" becomes a non-issue. Or, he loses and, either way, the scandal is a goner. My guess is that it was timed the way it was because the Democrats have their own nefarious agenda. I trust neither side.
suz January 22, 2014 at 10:01 AM
Bullied...Hummm. If any person in politics thinks that they would not be 'bullied' into voting for or against certain laws, then they shouldn't be in politics to begin with. Happens everyday in other states and cities all over this country. Its just part of the political wheel. I guess Zimmer is just so weak that she felt 'intimidated' by Christie? Maybe she should of choose a different career? I don't think she knows the difference between being 'bullied' and playing the political game. She should take her toys and just go home already.
jerseytomato January 22, 2014 at 10:05 AM
B@B - you forget about the fiction Hillary and Obama fed the American public - specifically the video that led to the murders in Benghazi? Are you aware that the maker of that video spent almost a year and a half in jail, and now lives in hiding because a fatwa was issued against him and his family? How about Susan Rice spewing the same fiction on every ditto head show, and subsequently rewarded with a job promotion after? Forget about Hillary and Obama standing over the coffins of the four dead Americans, knowing full well they lied about the facts that led to the four Patriot's deaths? In Hillary's words, 'What difference does it make" is applicable - as long as it's not one of our sons murdered, right? BTW - Fox is far too soft for most Republicans today. We source our news from the Canada Free Press, The Daily Mail, The Iowa Hawk, The American Thinker, WeaselZippers.net and more. Perhaps your unaware, but our country has what's known as 'State Run Media,' thanks to the current administration. Fox is sooo passé. Oh, and Andy Pat - for the record, Zimmer hasn't taken a polygraph.
jerseytomato January 22, 2014 at 10:11 AM
Suz - good point! Perhaps Zimmer was 'bullying' the Governor's office for more money? Don't forget - she's changed her story more than five times, and waited a year to say a word about this. There are no coincidences in this life. Christie is the only potential candidate who's polls numbers match Hillary's. We know from past experience - Democrats will target you, shred you - and blow torch what remains. This is all about timing.
Mac January 22, 2014 at 10:24 AM
no true jerseytomato - Zimmer spoke with the feds on this issue - the feds already knew the truth from the NAS file recordings and they passed the secret polygraph test - as soon as the mayor's diary passes the polygraph test, we may learn if Dee did or didn't have sex with the woman as she claims above
jerseytomato January 22, 2014 at 10:31 AM
Mac - good to see you this morning! Yes, Zimmer has spoken with the Feds, however, she said Monday she would be willing to take a polygraph. As of this morning, that hasn't happened. As for having 'sex with that woman,' perhaps someone should ask Hillary...
Larry Dell January 22, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Now that the recent revelations about Gov. Christie have revealed him to be, at the very least, a crass, calculating and vengeful politician it’s a good time to look more deeply into the reasons behind one of his least well known but controversial decisions. I’m speaking about his veto in June 2011 of the adoptee rights bill that had been passed by the NJ State Legislature. Signing that bill would have allowed adult adoptees access to their original birth certificates and provided them with the information necessary to connect with birth parents, siblings, relatives and their ethnic heritage. But the NJ Catholic Conference opposed the bill for reasons that really don’t make sense. They claimed that opening records would victimize birth mothers that want anonymity and that abortions would increase and adoptions decrease. But data in the states where records have been opened disproves all those claims. The vast majority of birth mothers want contact with the children they gave up. So, what’s the real reason? Maybe the church is desperately trying to cover up the misdeeds of priests and other clergy members and they fear disruption of their role in the adoption industry that is a source of revenue and power. How does Christie figure into this? Well the Catholic Church is NJ is an important supporter that can influence the votes of large numbers of the Jersey electorate and for Christie running up the numbers is an important consideration. So for Christie the decision was an easy one. Votes and political considerations come first even if means continuing to uphold a clearly outdated law and inflicting pain and suffering on tens of thousands of adoptees and birth parents in the state.
jerseytomato January 22, 2014 at 10:47 AM
Larry Dell - Now that you have pronounced the Governor as 'crass, calculating, and vengeful,' you further demagogue him by accusing him of inflicting pain and suffering upon tens of thousands of adoptees and their parents. Who in the hell would want his job?
suz January 22, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Hey Mac....maybe in her mind she doesn't think she is lying. Perhaps she doesn't know how the political system works and she (stupidly) took Christie's comments as a 'bullying' tactic. She needs, sorry, to get a new job if she can't figure it out on her own. She is just another democrat jumping on the wagon for her 5 minutes of fame. Oh, but Mac...the truth will be reveled soon.
suz January 22, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Oh, by the way...the Star Ledger printed a very interesting article yesterday re: Zimmer. I was actually surprised by the contents since the SL is very liberal with their reporting and editorials. Did you happen to read it?
Mac January 22, 2014 at 11:09 AM
good morning jerseytomato - Zimmer may have been sidetracked by the Governor's state of emergency order banning polygraph tests during snowstorms - as for Hillary, what would she know about it? - she was still wearing pantsuits then
Mac January 22, 2014 at 11:14 AM
@suz - and you waited 24 hours to report this? - very suspicious
Mac January 22, 2014 at 11:34 AM
ah - using the words New Jersey and truth in the same sentence - priceless
Ray January 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM
We need to put Bridgate behind us before the rest of the country gets the idea that New Jersey is full of fat, lying, vindictive and corrupt politicians.
Mac January 22, 2014 at 11:58 AM
I think the cat is out of the bag Ray. We were able to cover up the Seaside kitty litter by burning the boardwalk and we were able to cover up Hurricane Sandy relief corruption by stealing the files out of the corruption master's closet but that damn bridge just won't burn fast enough.
Sharon H January 22, 2014 at 12:12 PM
Will someone please tell Tubby Christie that he has lost all credibility and if he were a real man he would step down with dignity. Instead he acts like nothing happened and is allowing himself to be sworn in while embarrassing us in front of the rest of the country. I'm so glad I didn't vote for him and BTW I don't vote along party lines. His opponent seemed much more credible and down to earth. To Ray and Mac: yeah, it's kinda hard to hide a bridge.
Mac January 22, 2014 at 01:19 PM
@suz - was this the SL article: "Bridge scandal made Dawn Zimmer's Hoboken story believable: Editorial"?
suz January 22, 2014 at 01:36 PM
Mac..the article was 'Hoboken storm funding:The programs at the center of the controversy". It doesn't make Zimmer look too creditable. Well, you decide for yourself.
suz January 22, 2014 at 01:36 PM
Oh, and sorry I waited sooooo long to inform you. :)
Mac January 22, 2014 at 02:03 PM
Mac January 22, 2014 at 01:59 pm apology accepted :-) - I did read it yesterday and responded to a comment about it in another article - the black and white details of Hoboken's relief aid are secondary stories to the real story and that story is about our concerns over government by elected terrorism - it's the story of the federal prosecutor's staff taking over the hopelessly corrupt government of NJ and exploiting it further for their own satisfaction - why do you think Governor Christie kicked off his Governor's campaign in NJ's fairy prince political stronghold?
suz January 22, 2014 at 03:40 PM
Ummm. Have to think about that one Mac.
Mac January 22, 2014 at 04:15 PM
be careful - those that think too much in Christie World immediately show up on the Pinelands drone testing helicopter radar screens - if you see a little orange cone by your house, pick out a neighbor you're not fond of and move it over to their house tonight - then, around midnight, hold your ears
diane January 22, 2014 at 11:23 PM
Please someone tell that sweet woman (Mrs Christie) to burn that outfit! OMG that top is a sixties nightmare!
Andy Pat January 23, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Both the bridge fiasco and Zimmer's allegations of a shakedown rise to the national level for real reasons. The Guv's office interfered with interstate commerce. The Hoboken Shakedown was using Federal Sandy funds to coerce a redevelopment scheme involving the Rockefellar Group. If there is any truth to the allegations made, CC should be removed for abuse of power. Chairman Issa?

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