Gov. Chris Christie Sworn In to Second Term

New Jersey governor takes oath of office at second inauguration ceremony.
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Transcript for Gov. Chris Christie Sworn In to Second Term
This is a special room. I'm -- -- New -- with a CBC news digital special report not much sunlight on the horizon for Chris Christie is about to deliver his second inaugural speech as New Jersey governor just a few minutes. Let's listen. When the governor -- take the podium we will take you back down by Trenton 42. -- -- few minutes but first the storm clouds that have dark in this political season. A company today by an actual winter storm it's caused the governor's office to cancel planned inaugural party. At Ellis Island. So for more on a political storm figuratively and politically speaking a couple of fronts coming together today a look -- at today's speech as well I want to bring an ABC's -- -- in Washington DC. Jeff I want to ask you this we got a couple of vague apologies during his state of the state speech how do you think he's gonna address his critics today. We'll Danny's really trying to change the subject and go back to really the matter at hand for his second term he is going to. Sort of the vaguely address these criticisms and they. You know the firestorm that his office is under but he's really going to try -- use this. Message. With the tone of humility I'm told and also just. A chance to try and get things back on track here but. Mean the reality is this is playing out at the exact same time that there are multiple investigations under way so he he literally cannot escape -- assess storm. And you mentioned the storm on both fronts the fact that his his party is canceled tonight. Probably. Probably a good thing for him and he does not I'm have to be out sort of mingling with people at a party it's not necessarily a festive office in his inner circle at this point. It is another day and another potential scandal the star ledger in fact reporting today that Olympic track and field star Carl Lewis. Says he was intimidated. By Christie warned him not to run for state senate position what exactly is Louis saying about this. Stimulus is saying that you know. Basically some similar accusations and just -- -- city the the new tone of how the governor and his people conducted themselves these intimidation tactics he's bullying tactics now we don't know. I'm at all if there is any. Actual violation of a lot here and that's what really is going to do at some point we're going to have to start to differentiating here if there was a law violated or if he. He and his aides were simply bullies -- -- course it's not against the law to be a political bully immunity is. A tough sport it's not bean bag as governor Chris Christie. Has said so -- we're going to have to just wait and see how this shakes out but now there are so many threads to this. Potential scandal that. So much is going on it's almost impossible for Governor Christie to refocus on the matter hand which shall try -- do in this speech today. And talk about his second term. If you take that you take also the investigation is going on to those lane closures from the George Washington bridge and then also the latest coming from Hoboken. That's where mayor Don Zimmer says that she would essentially was mostly shut out from sandy relief aid because she refused to play ball. On -- Christie backed development project there's -- back and forth over this now where does that stand. What stands right now it's basically if he said she said and in this case -- she said she said because it also involves a conversation at the Merrill allegedly had with the lieutenant governor Ruth. Managers even. Welcoming the reality of this is the investigators have to get to the bottom of this it really. Here is. The mayor has put out her -- historical attending governor and governor's people say it's not truths. She's absolutely I'm not telling the truth -- so we'll find out if this is -- political. I'm axe to grind here or something to -- the reality is people are talking on post. Be a mayor of of Hoboken custody -- interviewed by the US attorney's office so if she's lying here there are severe penalties so. This is not just saying this on the table talk -- she is apparently telling investigators about this as -- so this is just as one more thread that is polling on this potential scandal here there's. All could spell some type of serious trouble for Governor Christie even if he's -- honored at the end he's still going to have to go through this political. A period of Hartford here and it's burning pretty intensely. There have been some discussions that fact that some of the accusations made were libelous. -- the intensity is certainly growing on this. As federal investigators are strategy involved and and gather test join us. And as we can see the governor is being sworn in right now in Trenton we will take that -- when he begins his speech so -- at the same time a state. Lawmakers and have announced a new more broad investigation into the alleged abuses of power by the -- who is heading up. That investigative. Both Democrats are heading up the investigation Democrats were unable to stop Governor Christie from winning a second term. But they certainly now are using their power of their committees to try and -- this -- so it is in both the house and the senate. New Jersey and they are our. Fully investigating all of this so some of them -- his political rivals some of them. You know -- have had been at odds with him over the years so governor -- people will fitness -- politics. But he gets beyond that because the system now become a federal criminal investigation potentially. As well here so it's more than politics by the. It is it is more than politics and the captain Jeff there was this charisma as we continue to watch on these sermon it's going on. What will be up next swearing lieutenant governor. One Donna. Jeff I wanted to ask you though is surely as Christie would like all of this talk to go away and you could see him -- -- -- lieutenant governor. Age she has the one Jeff that you were talking about the fact that the it has been a war of words essentially between her and the mayor of Hoboken. Regarding any kind of sandy relief money being tied to any kind of political favor. At the same time -- it has put the spotlight and every word that Chris Christie's sets this speech in fact as we're going to be listening to it just a moment. Everyone certainly we'll be talking about it. Trying to pick up any kind of clue for an apology for any kind of plan moving forward is it possible though that we will look back a year or two from now -- think well. But maybe this wasn't so bad for the governor. Now without question I mean if if nothing. -- found by any of these investigations if if there's no active criminal wrong doing this could just be a bump in the road for the governor. And in fact she needed to be as one Republican strategist told -- the other -- bruised up a little bit. He was writing really high. And he you know is a huge. A huge reelection. This definitely is taught him some humility so if nothing comes of this this could be a good. Moment for him everyone likes to see if you know someone sort of knocked down and and -- built back up again but it it's far too soon to know. If this is the case and of course Governor -- would never have. -- this course this was supposed to be a very big moment for him his introduction really to a wider stage the national. Now he's not able to do that he's actually retreating now on going to be a bit of a smaller figure -- and he was. Only in his first term. -- a little bit of sort of the the political climate that's going we have in the upper echelons of his administration given the fact that two people. Had been released from their duties in relation to the bridge lane closures from the George Washington Bridge. Has it solidified his inner circle is he still doing soul searching at this point is he. It's kind of going through member by member of his administration and and and staff to kind of -- -- exactly who's with me who's not with me. I think the people who are not with them mine he's sort of got rid of -- this is a very tight knit organization so. I'm some of the people who are still there and we're very close of the people who left so once the starts to unravel is one a couple of his former staff members have been subpoenaed actually have to come. And testify at that point it is no longer about Chris Christie it's about themselves and they'll be compelled to tell the truth when you have to hire a lawyer and other things it. It's. -- Everyone is much more inclined to not give the governor's party line here but I don't think we're really sure what's going on in the enters certain he's keeping a very close. Counsel with his wife his brother and a couple other longtime aides but this is a pretty small -- now things going on and it is definitely. Disrupted. You know what was a pretty cohesive. Group for Governor Christie said it was also. In charge of his -- political future as well known of his top political aides. If there was. Basically charting out the early plans of the potential 2016. Iran is no longer at his side so he's going to be bringing on new advisors and that is always tricky here but it's those old advisors. Who are being subpoenaed who will now be separated questioned one by one before these committees that he also passed -- -- contest. Let's now go to Trenton where governor will be making his speech. -- -- Thank you all very much. Take governor we're -- Senate president Sweeney. Speaker prieta. Republican leaders. Cain and -- All the former governors members of the Supreme Court. Members of our congressional delegation. Members of the New Jersey State Legislature. Members of my cabinet. Family and friends. Today once again. The people of New Jersey have given me. The opportunity to serve -- and I thank each and every citizen for that honor. And once again I've taken an oath where are swore to promote the peace and prosperity. Of our great state and its citizens. And long it is -- -- one. It is an -- that I've lived by for the last four years. And it is the oath I -- live by for every day I am privileged to call myself your governor. Both though is just a symbol of the bond that we've created with each other. Over the last four years. We've endured the worst economic recession of our lifetimes. And we've begun to triumph over -- We have confronted entrenched interests and their endless stream of money that have previously stood in the way of fiscal sanity for our state. And educational excellence for our children. Together. We have pushed those interest back. And put our children's future first. We have survived the worst natural disaster. In our State's history. And we have worked together to restore. And -- new and rebuild the state that we love. Each one of these challenges have been met by a new unified force in public life a New Jersey -- Setting the tone for entire nation. A tough New Jersey. A resilient New Jersey. A proud New Jersey. The New Jersey that is put aside political partisanship on the important issues to our people. To take advantage of the opportunities. Each of these challenges has presented us with every day. The New Jersey has -- pride to our people. And leadership to our nation. Finally this past November New Jersey has had the chance to decide if the bonds we have formed. Were strong enough. To endure the heat. Of today's political campaigns. Would our elections confirm that the chain's -- -- arrived. On this very stage. Four years ago. Truly be beneficial. For all of our citizens. Because you see. Elections are about more than TV ads and debates and rallies. Each vote cast. Is an act of faith. And trust. Faith in the strength of the bonds we have built. Trust. In the hope of tomorrow. We'll bring a better job for our people. A better education for our children. And a better -- for all of our citizens. -- the people. -- people have definitively set the course for the next four years. Day. Have a -- decision to take on the big problems. Today. Have validated the idea that our answers to our problems must be bold. The day. -- -- the principle that we must tell the truth about the depth of our challenges. And the difficulty. Of real solutions. It wasn't just some of -- people. Who -- this course. It was not a vocal morality like four years ago now. This thought it was the largest and out as voice of affirmation that the people of our state had given to any direction in three decades. Suburbanites and city dwellers African Americans and Latinos women and men. Doctors and teachers factory workers in trades and Republicans. And Democrats. And independents. Together. They have demanded that we stay the course that day. To stand up for what is right. To fight the fights worth fighting. And most of all to work together. To make government work for each and every one of those voices of affirmation. For each and every one. Of our people. You see the people of this state know that the only way forward. Is if we are all willing to take on what is politically unpopular. If we are all willing to share in the sacrifice. If we are all willing to be in this together. Now we have no moral option in my view but to heed the voice of the voters and that is exactly what I intend to do. Today. I thank all those who have once again placed their faith and trust in me and I make this promise. I will not let out. I will insist we work together. And I will make this -- truly work for those who pay for it. -- I do not believe that new -- want a bigger more expensive government that penalizes success and then gives the pittance left. To a few in the name of income equity. -- New Jersey -- one is unfettered opportunity to succeed in the way that they define success. They want an equal chance at the starting line but government guaranteed result. Why. Because through hard work and being rewarded for that hard work they know that they are part of their own success. We should make sure that government pursues policies that believe in the effort. The talent and the optimism of New Jersey it's not in the power of almighty government to fix any problem real -- -- and so let's be different that our neighbors. Let's put more money in the pockets of our middle class. By not taking it out of their pockets in the first. It's the yeah. It's. One of the lessons I've learned most acutely over the last four years is that New Jersey can really be. One state. At this election has taught us that the ways we divide each other. By race by class by ethnicity by wealth and yes by political party. Is neither permanent nor necessary. You see -- dreams are the -- A good job. A great education for children. -- streets in our neighborhood. And core values. Which give lives real meaning. Those dreams are not unique to any one group in our state. And while government has a role in ensuring. The opportunity to accomplish these dreams. We have now learned that we have an even bigger role to play as individual citizens. We have to be willing to play outside the red and blue boxes. That the media pundits put us him. We have to be willing to reach out to others. Who look or speak differently than us. We have to be willing to personally reach out. A helping hand. To a neighbor or friend. Suffering from drug addiction or depression. -- did dignity stripping loss of a job. New Jersey came together as one community when it mattered most. And now we must stay together. People of every background and belief. That government and our people. To help our fellow citizens -- reached their dreams. Other times we need to get along. And just get things done. Because as pastor Joseph Carter said just this morning at the new hope Baptist Church all of us. May be one yes away from our miracles. -- that's true for each of us as individuals. For our state and for our nation just one yes away. From our own miracle. For the practice. That every one of God's creations. Has value every person. No matter what challenge they are facing in their lives. Must believe that they have -- side of them. All of the god given ability needed to be happy. And they will not believe that if all they hear from us is that life is unfair. And that only government can fix -- -- -- They must first believe. That self worth comes from inside each of God's beings. Government cannot solve every one of these problems of government can only be one part of the solution. The unity our people -- felt in the last year plus. As we have confronted tragedy and challenge. Must be unity we build on. -- very person a chance to reach their dreams. Those dreams begin. For everyone with a growing economy. This growth will not happen by following the path -- over neighbors seem prepared to pursue. For those who prefer economic growth and opportunity. To government -- distribution -- higher taxes I have this to say to you today. Come to New Jersey you will be welcome here. -- at this -- a growing economy here is how our government our government. Our government. Will lead the effort to create opportunity in New Jersey. We will make it our priority to have every child in New Jersey have a chance to get a good education. No matter what adult we have to offend. No matter where you came from no matter what -- -- must slay it no matter how much we have to change the conventional thinking. We will no longer stand for the achievement gap which exists between our best and least educated children. This government. Our government. We will and the failed war on drugs that believes that incarceration is the cure of every -- caused by drug abuse. We will make drug treatment available to as many of our nonviolent offenders as we can. And we will partner with our citizens to create a society that understands this simple truth. Every life has value and no life is disposable. Discovery. Our government. We will fight to continue to change so that we value our differences. And we -- the strength of our diversity. Because we cannot fall victim to the attitude of Washington DC. The F. Rate and you are always wrong. The attitude that puts everyone into -- box that they are not permitted to leave. The attitude that puts political victories. Ahead of policy agreements. The belief that compromise. Is a dirty word. You see as we saw on December regarding the DREAM Act. We can put the future of our state. Ahead of the partisans. Who would rather demonize. Them compromise. As your governor. I will always be willing to listen. As long as that this thing ends. In decisive action for the people who are counting on us to do our -- -- you see in the end. I have had no greater honor in my life. That having twice been elected. By my fellow citizens to be the governor of the state where I was born and raised. Without honor. Comes solemn obligations. To make the hard decisions. To raise the uncomfortable topics. To require responsibility. And accountability. To be willing to stand harder. What principles are being violated. -- to be willing to compromise. To find common ground with all of our people. To work every day. Knight and day to make -- you -- can be. In short to be the governor. My fellow New Jersey -- We started this journey together in -- dark and foreboding time. In our history when hope was at a premium. And -- been squandered. By government that have unwilling to tell you the truth. Today. We answer the final leg of our journey together. With more hope than we have had in years. And with the trust that columns from partners who have shared with each other. The hard truth is the -- From decisive action. We are at the dawn of a new age of pride and growth in our state and its people. Let us move forward. With a straight that comes from the belief that we have each other. I believe in -- New Jersey. And I always always will. Only fitting. That in this administration. With more hurricanes. Snow storms. Flooding. And disaster. Of the natural -- That of any administration I can remember in my lifetime. That we begin the second term. In the same way. So to the folks who could not quite make it -- on the New Jersey Turnpike to be with us this morning. I understand. -- the hardy souls who are here you have my thanks. And I end by saying what comes directly from my heart. God bless you. God bless America and god bless the great state of -- An improvised -- a couple of lines for users to get Chris Christie. -- -- -- -- his second. These. Reflecting on some of the investigations and some of the accusations. Swirling around his administration. That is created somewhat of a political -- On both sides of the aisle and that -- -- with an actual storm. That's forced the cancellation. Party that -- -- important. -- -- these athletes. For some pretty nasty winter weather. A change of plans. A complete recap right here on the incident -- the governor's made its way thanked his supporters of state in Trenton, New Jersey for now again that's where in New York. With this ABC news didn't special.

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