How Christie will start his inauguration day
January 6th, 2014
08:43 AM ET
3 months ago

How Christie will start his inauguration day

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will begin his second inauguration at the same Newark church where last October he marked the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy at a prayer service.

Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno will be the center of attention at an inaugural morning prayer service at 8 a.m. ET on Tuesday, January 21 at the New Hope Baptist Church. The church is led by Pastor Joe Carter, a prominent Democrat and leader of the African-American clergy community. He may be best known nationally for presiding over Whitney Houston's funeral two years ago.

Christie's office touts that the governor "has worked closely with Pastor Carter over the last four years, especially on the issue of improving inner-city schools. The New Hope Baptist Church was also host to New Jersey's Statewide Prayer Service on the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, and Governor Christie has previously attended worship services with his family there."

Christie, who's considered a likely contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, won a landslide re-election victory in November over a little known Democratic state senator. According to exit polls, Christie won 21% of the African-American vote in his re-election rout, up 12 percentage points from his 2009 victory as governor, and abnormally high for a GOP candidate.

After the morning prayer service, Christie and Guadagno take part in a swearing-in ceremony and inaugural address at the War Memorial in Trenton, New Jersey's state capital.

As previously announced, Christie and Guadagno end the day at an inaugural celebration at the Great Hall on Historic Ellis Island. The island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the U.S. from the 1890s to the 1950s. Christie often talks about his Irish and Italian heritage.


Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • New Jersey
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. current state of the union

    Lying about the bridge is how he'll start, lying about Madoff is how he'll finish.

    January 6, 2014 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  2. current state of the union

    With a pound of bacon and a half dozen eggs.

    January 6, 2014 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    These tricks in churches every one knows–he will never become the POTUS. USA is not that stupid. Yes, on Hillary16.

    January 6, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    You know, maybe it's just me; but I really don't care how Chris Christie spends any part of this particular day. Or any day for that matter.

    January 6, 2014 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Christie's office touts that the governor "has worked closely with Pastor Carter over the last four years, especially on the issue of improving inner-city schools.
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    Christie should be concerned about inner city education after cutting millions in state aid.

    During Chrisitie's first year in office, he cut the state education budget by hundreds of millions of dollars in order to fund a tax cut for the wealthy and big businesses. He had hoped to recover that money through "No Child Left Behind", but his staff completely bungled the federal application and the state lost out on $450 million in federal aid. Not surprisingly, Christie fired all of those staff members who had bungled the application, kept his tax cuts, and cut hundreds of millions from state education.

    January 6, 2014 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Pastor Joe Carter, a prominent Democrat and leader of the African-American clergy community.
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    So I guess Mr. Carter endorsed Gov. Christie unlike the Mayor of Ft. Lee.

    January 6, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Why am I reminded of "Glee"?

    January 6, 2014 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Marie MD

    He has already lied about so many things.
    On the Letterman show he told the audience that the only chunky one in his family was him. Not true either!

    January 6, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |