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NJ Chamber of Commerce President Tom Bracken's Statement on Gov. Christie's State of State Address

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce salutes Gov. Chris Christie and thanks him for his eight years of leadership as Governor.

The New Jersey Chamber also thanks Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and the members of the administration for their work and dedication to making New Jersey a better place.

Under the Christie administration, we witnessed significant economic progress behind a series of initiatives that had bipartisan support, including tax cuts, debt reduction, renewal of the Transportation Trust Fund, the Economic Opportunity Act and a reduction in job-killing regulations.

These actions, all supported by the NJ Chamber, helped lead to seven consecutive years of private sector job growth.

We urge both parties to build on this bipartisan blueprint. This state has enormous potential and there are solutions to all of our problems if we all work in a bipartisan, constructive way.

We look forward to working with Gov.-elect Murphy, Lt. Gov.-elect Oliver, Senate President Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Coughlin and the new Legislature to make New Jersey a better place for everyone to live and work.

In the governor's farewell state of the state address, he said that he was proud that he left our state a better place than when he began his governorship. We agree with that and we applaud what he has done in the face of some significant obstacles.