NEWARK – Gov. Chris Christie mounts the stage at the Prudential Center with his family, the first family of New Jersey.
“I talked often about being born here and being raised here and spending my whole life in New Jersey and dragging my wife kicking and screaming from Pennsylvania to live here and now New Jersey understands why you’re so lucky too because you’ve got her as first lady,” says the governor.
Brought in by “Born to Run,” he lingers on New Jersey as a mode of being.
“There is something about those of us who were born here and raised here,” he says. “We know New Jersey is an extraordinarly special place and we (will be talking about and addressing the state’s problems) but I’m going to spend much more time talking about what is great about this state. It is time to return the pride to New Jersey once again.”
He announces to the crowd that this event will donate at least $100,000 each to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, to DayTop and to the Family Readiness Council.
“At the end of four years, through the hard work of all of us together, we will restore your hope, faith and trust in New Jersey,” declares Christie.
The band kicks into gear with “Glory Road.”