It's Time to Do the Big Things: An Address by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
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Governor Chris Christie discusses the reform issues that will serve as the foundation for his February budget. Christie believes reductions in spending are the key to restoring fiscal health and fueling long-term growth and that Republican and Democratic leaders must be prepared to tackle the toughest issues.
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Question and Answer

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The Honorable Christopher J. Christie is the fifty-fifth governor of New Jersey. He was elected on November 3, 2009, as the first Republican to win a statewide election in New Jersey in twelve years, and sworn into office on January 19, 2010. Governor Christie served as the US attorney for the district of New Jersey from 2002 to 2008. As the chief federal law enforcement officer in New Jersey, he earned praise for his efforts in battling political corruption, corporate crime, human trafficking, gangs, terrorism, and polluters. His office racked up an astonishing record, winning convictions or guilty pleas from over 130 public officials without losing a single case. Governor Christie also served as a freeholder in Morris County and director of the board in 1997. As freeholder, he required the county government to obtain three quotes from all qualified firms for all contracts. He led a successful effort to bar county officials from accepting gifts from people and firms doing business with the county. In 1993, he was named partner at Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci, where he specialized in securities law, appellate practice, election law, and government affairs.   

Henry Olsen is vice president and director of the National Research Initiative (NRI) at AEI. He disseminates and publicizes AEI’s work to the academic community; works with AEI’s visiting, adjunct, and NRI research fellows; commissions and supervises NRI projects; and oversees the production of NRI publications. Mr. Olsen previously served as vice president for programs at the Manhattan Institute and as a judicial clerk to Danny J. Boggs, the chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
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