January 21st, 2014
08:51 AM ET
9 months ago

Christie's big speech to have no mention of scandal

(CNN) – With his administration facing scandals over alleged strong-arming of political opponents, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will focus on unity in his inaugural address Tuesday.

He won't address the complaints, an adviser told CNN. But he will address his two biggest themes: his bipartisan vision for New Jersey and contrasting himself with the partisanship in Washington.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Hey, I wouldn't mention the scandals, either. I'd think that they'd be a bit off-topic for a state of the state speech.

    January 21, 2014 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The scandal is speaking for itself. He doesn't need to address it.

    January 21, 2014 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. smith

    Why add fuel to the fire. No sense in trying to defuse a bomb that has already gone off. Besides, this is only the start for Christie and Hil-dogg Clinton.

    January 21, 2014 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    Every one knows that he is involved in it, so he could not mention his mouth about scandal. Simple as GOP thugs way.

    January 21, 2014 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. enuff

    Did state business come to a screeching halt because of someone's accusations? He is addressing state business, so why would he mention it?

    January 21, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "We cannot fall victim to the attitude of Washington, D.C.," the Republican governor - who has been widely considered a possible contender for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016 - plans to add. "The attitude that says I am always right and you are always wrong. The attitude that puts everyone into a box they are not permitted to leave. The attitude that puts political wins ahead of policy agreements."

    Not a speech I would give at this point.

    January 21, 2014 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. S.B. Stein

    He can't address any problems without causing more. Christie doesn't to admit that he is a part of the problem or could have been connected in any way until after he gets the GOP presidential nomination. If he gets that, would he be the largest candidate since Taft?

    January 21, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. rs

    As another poster noted, the scandals are speaking for themselves. No, the State of the State Speech ought to be an accounting of where NJ is, and where its going. I imagine the post-Sandy assessment will still be highly relevant.
    Ironic that these controversies could take down this Governor so shortly after his swearing in for his second term. If he is linked to any of these issues, he could face charges, and if not he looks so incredibly inept and without morals he'll be better than a lame duck.

    January 21, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. wendel

    scandal will stand by itself. It has legs now

    January 21, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Wake up People!

    Of course he wouldn't. I wouldn't either. But these real scandals speak volumes for themselves. What I want to know is..... Where are the usual suspects that would be screaming to high hell that he's trying to change the subject, if Christy were a democrat??

    January 21, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Marie MD

    You fell victim to your own bully ways.. Washington has nothing to do with you closing down a bridge in NJ.

    January 21, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |