Jan. 21 - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican Party star enmeshed in scandal after re-election in November, returned to the themes of small government and bipartisan cooperation in his second term inaugural speech. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) After being sworn into his second term, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addressed an audience in the state capital of Trenton and returned to the themes that have been hallmarks of his political brand, criticizing the idea that an "almighty government" can "fix any problem." "I do not believe that New Jerseyans want a bigger, more expensive government that penalizes success and then gives the pittance left to a few in the name of income equity," Christie said. Christie returned to another subject common to his speeches: the need for Republicans and Democrats to work together. "We cannot fall victim to the attitude of Washington, D.C. ... that puts political wins ahead of policy agreements," he said. Christie's speech made no mention of the abuse of power accusations swirling around some of his closest aides. A charismatic and tough-talking fiscal conservative, Christie is widely seen as a Republican contender for the White House in 2016. But after cruising to re-election, Christie has been forced on the defensive in recent weeks as several of his top aides have faced accusations of abusing their power.