BRIDGEWATER – Gov. Chris Christie declared “yes” to a crowd of hundreds of Republicans Tuesday night who chanted for “four more years, four more years.”
The governor boasted of cutting taxes and slashing spending during his first term in office, telling the audience at the New Jersey GOP primary victory party that he plans to do more of the same if re-elected to office.
“The message I want to bring to New Jersey over the next four years is if it can happen to me it can happen to anybody,” said Christie, after telling the story of his upbringing.
“Four years ago this November I stood on stage with my family and New Jersey’s lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno, and we made a promise,” he said. “We made a promise we were going to turn Trenton upside down, and four years later, they’re still shaking.”
The Republican incumbent boasted of “turning the Corzine era” of job losses in the state around and promised to boost the private sector if elected to another term. Christie also touted pension and health care reforms in the state and his record of working with Democrats.
“We’re presented with an opportunity,” said Christie, speaking of bipartisanship.
“This November we’ll do it together,” he said, referring to “building a coalition” of Democrats and Independents to work together with Republicans.
Christie was ushered on stage by his family, who gave brief remarks prior to the governor’s victory speech.
“Today was a very special day for me. For the first time, I got to vote for my dad,” Andrew Christie, the governor’s 19-year-old son, said to cheers from the crowd.
“He is the leader who New Jersey needs for four more years,” said First Lady Mary Pat.
Earlier, GOP elected officials boasted of the possibility of taking a majority in the New Jersey Senate or General Assembly.
“I’ll tell you this, it is an extraordinary time to be a Republican,” said Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr., adding Christie “is nothing short of a political hero.”
Kean, who’s made his intentions to oust Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney from power known, worked to convince others at the victory party that a Republican Senate majority is within grasp.
“With Chris Christie at the helm, Republicans will sweep,” he declared.
Kean’s comments were echoed by the Assembly’s Republican leader, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick. The lawmaker said to a cheerful crowd that “those who think we can’t take over the General Assembly” fall into the same category of naysayers who said Christie couldn’t take down former Gov. Jon Corzine.