With the state unemployment rate falling to 4.1 percent last week, Gov. Chris Christie called a press conference yesterday to tout his success — and to answer questions about a range of topics, from the Republican gubernatorial candidates to his controversial $300 million State House renovation.
He warned against allowing the Democrats to turn back the clock on policies he said pumped up New Jersey’s unemployment and “grew no jobs, no private-sector jobs in the 2001 to 2009 period.”
“They want to go back to those failed old policies. They are teeing them up for you right now: corporate business tax increase, income tax increase, sales tax increase, talking about eliminating the estate tax.”
He also defended Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno’s role in creating the state’s job growth, despite Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli’s insistence she had nothing to do with it. (Both Guadagno and Ciattarelli are hopefuls in the GOP primary race.)
“I would say that Mr. Ciattarelli is wrong about that,” Christie said. “It’s hard sometimes from the back bench of the Assembly to see what’s going on, so maybe Jack just missed it from the back bench there.”
“But the fact is,” he continued, “that the lieutenant governor deserves credit for a lot of what’s happened here.”
If that sounds like an endorsement, it’s not. The governor remains officially neutral.
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