Christie emerges for first public speech since leaving as two-term governor

He was happy to compare his record with Gov. Phil Murphy’s.

David Madden
October 19, 2018 - 7:23 am
Former N.J. Gov. Chris Christie made hihis first public appearance since leaving the governor's office

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GLASSBORO, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — After 10 months in the private sector, former N.J. Gov. Chris Christie made his first public appearance in a speech to some 300 people at Rowan University, talking about the future of the Republican Party.

He wound up comparing his record to that of the man who took his place, Democrat Phil Murphy. 

From taxes and budgets to job creation and economic recovery, Christie was happy to compare his record with Murphy’s. And the current private practice lawyer and political commentator makes no apologies. In fact, he believes Republicans should be proud of their record in the state. 

As for Murphy?

"I'm still a citizen here, but it's his state now," Christie said. "And now we begin to judge, not on promises but on what you deliver. Not on how you sound but on what you do."

Christie looked at the last four decades in New Jersey: No two-term Democrat in the governor’s office; three Republicans who served back-to-back terms, including himself.

"We are seeing, are we not, that the job's a lot harder from the inside than it looked from the outside?" the former governor added. "So it's time for every Republican who cares about this and wants the future of the party to fight for it."

Christie predicts Democrats will take back the House next month, but Republicans will retain and maybe make some gains in the Senate.

He says he’s been offered jobs in the Trump administration, none he wants to take.

As for 2020, he thinks the president will win re-election, barring a Democratic challenger who’s from outside the beltway, with real government experience.