WATCH: Christie's State of The State Address
● By Rebecca K. Abma
Among accomplishments he cited reduced unemployment, with the rate at the lowest in five years and an additional 156,000 private sector jobs created over the last four years, bipartisan support of many initiatives, teacher tenure reform and property tax caps.
On the horizon are continued property tax initiatives and civil service and consolidation reforms that would make it easier for municipalities to share services, noting that the consolidation of Princeton Borough and Township saved taxpayers $3 million in the first year.
For education, Christie called for longer school days and an extended school year, but did not offer specific details on the plan.
The governor also wants to crack down on disability pension fraud, to ensure that only those who are truly disabled collect the benefits.
He also said he wants to keep non-violent drug offenders out of jail, by mandating that they attend treatment programs and undertaking other efforts to help them transition back into society and find jobs.The full transcript of the speech is available here. Watch Christie's speech, filmed lived by NJTV News, below.