TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie says New Jersey is better off than when he came to office amid a sagging national economy.
The comments came Tuesday in a State of the State address that’s designed to sell him to a national audience as he prepares for a presidential run.
Christie points to private-sector job growth over his five years in office.
He says that cutting spending, capping local property tax growth and reforming the state government was a factor in the state’s improving economy.
The unemployment rate for November was 6.4 percent in the state — far better than in 2010, but still worse than the national rate.