“I have not spoken about my successor for nine months. My successor can’t stop talking about me,” said former Gov. Chris Christie. “Other than Tammy, I’m the second most popular name that comes out of his mouth.”
Christie wanted to make it clear that he wasn’t going to use his speech at the Rowan University Institute for Public Policy to take shots at his successor, then proceeded to take shots at his successor. “I heard the governor give a speech a couple of weeks ago about his self-proclaimed bold plan to restore New Jersey’s economy,” he said of Gov. Phil Murphy. “This, of course, came as quite a shock to a whole bunch of people. Which people exactly? The 334,400 people who obtained private-sector jobs in the eight years before he came into office.”
Speaking about the future of the Republican Party in New Jersey, the former governor said, “If the future of the Republican Party wants to be bright, bold, innovative, successful … then get on the ball. Start working now. The time to be quiet is over.”
He passed on predicting a winner in the Hugin/Menendez Senate race, said the race between Republican Jay Webber and Democrat Mikie Sherrill in the 11th Congressional District “is a tossup,” and made a couple of other midterm predictions.
on NJTV News Online, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.