The Corner

Christie Pushes Bipartisan Successes in Inaugural, Ignores Bridgegate

In an effort to move past the ongoing controversies in his administration, Chris Christie used his second inaugural address to emphasize his first-term achievements and bipartisan approach. The New Jersey Republican avoided mentioning the George Washington Bridge lane closures, though he had discussed the controversy in his state-of-the-state speech last week.

Returning to many of the themes of his election-night speech in November that thrust him into front-runner status for the Republican nomination in 2016, Christie highlighted New Jersey’s legislative results and productivity as compared to the constant gridlock in Washington. “As your governor, I will always be able to listen, as long as that listening ends in decisive action for the people who are counting on us to do our job,” he said.