Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan (D-Union), one of the new governor’s harshest critics during the campaign, has pledged bi-partisan cooperation as Republican Christopher Christie begins his four-year term as governor.
“I want to take the time to congratulate Governor Chris Christie on his inauguration today. It is clear that Governor Christie is true in his convictions and desire to make New Jersey a better place to live. I know I speak for all Democrats who realize our fine state is more important than any political battles,” said Cryan, who is also the Democratic State Chairman. “We must face New Jersey’s challenges together, and success in moving our state forward will not come from one party or another. On behalf of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, we wish Governor Christie the best of luck.”
“Gov. Christie’s inauguration is yet another sign that great change has come to our great state of New Jersey and that the old ways of doing things are no more. I know everyone in the Assembly wishes him the best,” said Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange). “As we move forward in the months and years ahead, we’ll see great progress if we all endeavor to find common ground and work together to improve the lives of all New Jerseyans. After all, we all have one shared goal – making this state the best it can be.”
Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford) says that Christie can enjoy today, but that by tomorrow he needs to get to work.
“Gov. Christie has outlined an ambitious agenda that will require us to work together on many different issues and at many different levels simultaneously,” Sweeny said. “While I am sure there will be areas in which we will differ philosophically, we must approach every issue pragmatically. The people of New Jersey are tired of political back-biting and scapegoating. Divided government does not have to mean partisan gridlock. Together we must make the tough decisions that will move New Jersey forward and once again allow all residents to proudly call this great state home.”