Christie courts nation in State of the State address

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.

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