N.J. Governor Christie sworn in for second term amid political controversies
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 01:27
Jan. 21 - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was sworn in for a second term, making no mention of the abuse of power charges swirling through his administration. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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Embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is sworn in for a second term.
He returned to themes of small but compassionate government and bipartisan cooperation in his inaugural address.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE, SAYING:
"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."
But there was no mention of the abuse of power charges his administration now faces.
Including allegations that his top aides orchestrated massive traffic jams for political revenge.
Then there's the mayor of Hoboken accusing New Jersey's Lieutenant Governor of threatening to withhold Hurricane Sandy aid, if she failed to support a development project.
An accusation Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno denies:
(SOUNDBITE) (English) LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR KIM GUADAGNO, SAYING:
"Any suggestion, any suggestion that Sandy funds were tied to the approval of any project in New Jersey is completely false."
Officials are also reviewing Christie's alleged use of about $2 million in relief funds for a tourism campaign.
The charismatic and tough-talking fiscal conservative is widely seen as a Republican contender for the White House in 2016.
But the normaly popular governor begins his second term amid political controversy -- and has gone on the defensive.
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