In annual address, Christie turns focus from scandal to policy

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Facing the worst political crisis of his career, Governor Chris Christie told the voters of New Jersey on Tuesday that they deserved better.

“The last week has certainly tested this administration. Mistakes were clearly made. And as a result, we let down the people we are entrusted to serve,” he said at the opening of his State of the State address. “I know our citizens deserve better. Much better.”

He said the wave of disconcerting disclosures last week — that members of his staff and his appointees had sought to punish local officials who had not supported his reelection campaign last year — “does not define us or our state.”

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