In State of the State, Christie Calls for Education, Pension Reform

NJ gov promised to turn Trenton upside down

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011  |  Updated 3:33 PM EDT
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In State of the State, Christie Calls for Education, Pension Reform

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has laid out an agenda of education and pension reform in his first State of the State speech.

The Republican governor said Tuesday that big changes are needed in the year ahead for New Jersey to remain affordable.

Christie used the 38-minute speech to outline his plans to overhaul teacher tenure, close poor-performing schools and fix the teetering public pension system.

He also hinted at the tax breaks he'll propose next month. Christie took office a year ago after winning an upset victory over incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine.

Christie began by leading a moment of silence for victims of the Arizona shooting.

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