New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, speaking in his annual State of the State address against the backdrop of a election year, vowed he will rise “above politics” and make storm recovery his biggest priority. The governor, who predicted it will take “years” to rebuild homes and infrastructure damaged by Superstorm Sandy, praised officials who moved “across party lines” to help New Jersey in its aftermath. Their actions, he said, are an example of what can happen when politicians put political bickering aside.
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