Republican Chris Christie Plans to ‘Turn Trenton Upside Down’

By Susan Jones | November 4, 2009 | 9:54 AM EST

Republican Chris Christie -- with his wife Mary Pat looking on -- addresses his supporters in Parsippany after beating incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

( – New Jersey’s Republican Governor-elect Chris Christie says the race he won is not about him: “This election was and is about the future of the state we love,” he said. He promised to restore people’s hope, faith and trust in “the great State of New Jersey.”
“What we want to do is to make sure that everyone in New Jersey has the opportunity for that great New Jersey life…because if we continue on the path we’re on, that will not be possible,” Christie said in his acceptance speech.
“We are in a crisis, the times are extraordinarily difficult – but I stand here tonight full of hope for our future, full of expectations and dreams – not just for my children, but for all the children of New Jersey.”
“Tomorrow begins the task of fixing our broken state,” he said. “There are no easy answers to these difficult problems,” he added, singling out “suffocating taxes” and an out-of-control government as major problems.
“Starting tomorrow, we are going to pick Trenton up, and we are going to turn it upside down.”
Christie spoke about some of the people he met on the campaign trial, including a small-business owner who worries about going broke; and a farmer who worries about giving up the longtime family business; “We need to make New Jersey more affordable, and we need to do it now,” Christie said.
He also said he’d be working for the “least fortunate among us” who “do not want the government to fix every problem,” but need a hand up -- “so they can build opportunity for themselves.”
Christie said there will be naysayers who doubt that he can lower taxes, lower spending, cut “onerous regulation” and get government “back under control.” The naysayers are the same people who said he couldn’t fight corruption as New Jersey’s attorney general:  “Well, they were wrong then and they’re wrong now,” Christie said.
The governor-elect said he will work without regard to party or politics because “New Jersey’s problems are too big to anymore conduct the petty politics of yesterday. No matter whose idea it is, if it’s a good one, Kim [Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno] and I will figure out how to get it done.”
Christie also said his victory sends the message that the people of New Jersey have decided enough is enough – “no more negative personal campaigns.” In a message to pundits, Christie said it’s time to start “a new era of hope and optimism in New Jersey.”