NJ Politics Digest: Chris Christie’s ‘I Told You So’ Moment

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Gov. Phil Murphy has spent the last nine months blaming a lot of his problems on his predecessor.
Last week, former Gov. Chris Christie struck back.

In a 45-minute speech, Christie said it was time for Murphy to start delivering on his promises instead of continuing to blame things on the previous administration.

“It’s his state now. Now we begin to judge—not on promises, but on what you deliver,” Christie said, according to a report by The Record.

Nine months into his tenure, Murphy continues to blame Christie for the terrible state of service of NJ Transit, even though many riders say problems have gotten worse in the last year. While Murphy had pledged to fix the beleaguered agency, he insisted on waiting for a $1.3 million audit of the agency, which he said would be completed in April but wasn’t done until early this month. Commuters have also complained that the agency is bad at communicating about problems and delays. It got so bad that Murphy held a press conference in early August to say things would get better. In September, the state entered into a $250,000 contract with a company that has six months to propose communications fixes.

Christie promoted his record of protecting the state’s middle class by rejecting most tax increases, an attack on Murphy’s first budget, which raised a host of taxes, according to the report.

The former governor said the state has a history in the last four decades of electing two-term Republican governors and one-term Democrats.

Quote of the Day: “This job’s a lot harder from the inside than it is from the outside. It fooled me, too.” — former Gov. Chris Christie.

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