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Governor Chris Christie Timeline of Action

With Two Years in Office, New Jersey Has Become The Model For the Way Forward.

Governor Chris Christie Takes the oath of office

19 Jan 2010

Governor Chris Christie is sworn in to office as New Jersey's 55th Governor at the War Memorial in Trenton, NJ.

Executive Orders Signing

20 Jan 2010

Governor Christie signs executive orders on his first day in office with Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno to, among other things, increase transparency & cut job-killing red tape.

Transition New Jersey subcommittees Reports

22 Jan 2010

19 reports issued by Governor Christie Transition New Jersey subcommittees, which conducted thorough reviews of all departments, agencies, and authorities of the state.

NJ 2-1-1 Assists Haiti

22 Jan 2010

NJ 2-1-1, a public-private partnership between United Way agencies throughout New Jersey and the State of New Jersey, provides coordinated assistance directed toward relief efforts in Haiti.


27 Jan 2010

Vetoes $1.267 million Schools Development Authority spending order.


03 Feb 2010

Vetoes Delaware River and Bay Authority Board's blanket authorization of expenditures to 98 vendors in unspecified amounts in excess of $25,000 and minutes regarding the adoption of a 2010 operating budget that represents a 3.04 percent increase over the 2009 operating budget.

Creates gaming, sports & entertainment commission

03 Feb 2010

Governor Christie creates commission to prepare comprehensive policy to fix New Jersey's gaming, sports and entertainment industries.

Vetoes Urban Enterprise Zone Authority Minutes

05 Feb 2010

Governor Christie vetoes portion of the minutes from the January 13, 2010 New Jersey Urban Enterprise Zone Authority meeting concerning the award of $415, 608 for projects, urging justification on the expenditure in light of the fact that $399,608 of the total funding was to be allocated for the yearly salary and benefits of only four employees.

Creates Housing Opportunity Task Force

09 Feb 2010

Governor Christie signs EO-12, which creates the Housing Opportunity Task Force to eliminate council on affordable housing and usher in housing reform.

Announces budget solutions for FY 2010 budget

11 Feb 2010

Governor Christie announces $2.203 billion in budget solutions to balance New Jersey's FY 2010 budget shortfall.

Vetoes Horse Racing budget increases

18 Feb 2010

Governor Christie vetoes a 19.8% budget increase by Thoroughbred Breeders' Association of New Jersey & 5.6% budget increase Standardbred Breeders' and Owners' Association of New Jersey.

Signs EO-15

23 Feb 2010

Governor Christie signs EO-15, directing a comprehensive review of all state authorities, boards and commissions and taking immediate action to reform abusive fiscal practices.

Launches Social Media

24 Feb 2010

Launches interactive website and social networking tools: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.

holds conversation with community leaders

09 Mar 2010

Holds conversation with town officials and community leaders highlighting Haddon Heights' success in finding ways to do more in government with less. Governor Christie - "I Am Going To Do What Needs To Be Done."

Creates privatization task force

11 Mar 2010

Creates Task Force to develop a comprehensive approach to privatization. Facing state employee contracts entered into by the prior administration that include raises of between 7 percent and 11 percent for thousands of public employees in 2011.

proposes solutions to close FY2012 budget deficit

16 Mar 2010

Proposes necessary solutions to close the $11 billion budget deficit for FY 2011 by cutting spending and not raising taxes. "It is a painful but vital step if our state is to regain its financial and economic footing." - Governor Christie

Signs law saving municipalities $314 million

22 Mar 2010

Signs S2, S3 and S4 into law, which requires local government public employees to contribute to their generous medical benefits, saving municipalities, counties and school districts $314 million. Governor Christie - "The passage of today's set of bills is a solid start to reforming our pension system and I applaud the Senate and Assembly Leadership and the entire bipartisan efforts of the legislature for taking this necessary first step."

offers plan to provide additional school aid

30 Mar 2010

Offers plan to provide additional state aid to school districts that adopt salary freeze.

increases charity care funding

09 Apr 2010

Increases Charity Care funding to protect health services for vulnerable New Jerseyans.

Making New Jersey A Home For Growth

12 Apr 2010

Unveils Partnership for Action Plan to make New Jersey a home for growth through comprehensive, aggressive economic development strategy for sustainable job creation and economic expansion.

Opens Governor's Sustainable Energy and economic policy forum

19 Apr 2010

Opens the Governor's Sustainable Energy and Economic Policy Forum by directing BPU to revisit the Energy Master Plan in light of current economic conditions.

58% of school budgets are defeated

21 Apr 2010

After calling for New Jerseyans to oppose school budgets that did not represent a shared sacrifice, 58% of school budgets were voted down. The highest ever percentage of defeated school budgets.

makes earth day pledge

29 Apr 2010

Earth Day pledge: No Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) drilling, No offshore drilling. Governor Christie - "I oppose the idea of drilling off the coast of New Jersey."

protects New Jerseyans with disabilities

30 Apr 2010

Signs landmark legislation to protect individuals with developmental disabilities from harmful caregivers.

speaks against dredging of delaware river

01 May 2010

Governor Chris Christie, U.S. Representative Rob Andrews, State Senate President Steve Sweeney and then-acting DEP Commissioner Bob Martin speak out against planned dredging of the Delaware River.

public-private partnerships for higher education

05 May 2010

Signs (S-920) legislation to encourage Public-Private Partnerships for higher education institutions.

creates nj higher education task force

07 May 2010

Governor creates New Jersey Higher Education Task Force, under Executive Order No. 42, consisting of 9 members charged with developing recommendations to improve the quality and effectiveness of the state's system of higher education.

proposes A Property cap reform agenda

10 May 2010

Takes action to provide real property tax relief by proposing a property tax cap and a 33-bill package of reforms aimed at solving New Jersey's property tax crisis.

unveils realistic measures to reform COAH

13 May 2010

Unveils realistic and achievable measures to reform New Jersey's System of Affordable Housing. Passaic Valley Today – "Local Government Favors Christie's Proposed COAH Plans.

Rutgers 2010 Commencement

16 May 2010

Governor Chris Christie speaks at and receives an honorary degree at Rutgers University 2010 Commencement Ceremony

partially rejects uez minutes

18 May 2010

Vetoes potentially wasteful spending by partially rejecting minutes of New Jersey Urban Enterprise Zone Authority in relation to a $1.3 million land purchase in Pleasantville.

restores funding for programs assisting nj seniors

19 May 2010

Restores Senior Gold and PAAD to original levels and reduced generic co-pays to $5 without requiring additional cuts to programs and services.

vetoes income tax increase

20 May 2010

Income tax increase legislation vetoed, saving tax payers $637 million.

signs legislation to revitalize horse racing

23 May 2010

Signs (A-2507), legislation to revitalize the New Jersey horse racing industry, at Monmouth Park opening day.

1 yr pay freeze & 1.5% health contributions

23 May 2010

Governor Christie calls for one-year salary freeze and 1.5% health benefits contribution, providing a path forward for school districts to protect New Jersey school children, prevent layoffs and program cuts and saving taxpayers an estimated $314 million in FY2012

manhattan institutes speech on Property Tax Cap

25 May 2010

Talks Property Cap Reform Agenda to rein in in property taxes before the Manhattan Institute.

launch "choose new jersey"

01 Jun 2010

Governor Christie, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and business leaders launch Choose New Jersey, a new non-profit corporation designed to market, promote and facilitate business attraction, expansion and retention in the State.

endorses East coast offshore wind agreement

08 Jun 2010

Governor Chris Christie signs on to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the federal government and fellow East Coast governors to promote the development of offshore wind power. The agreement, which establishes an Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Consortium, will help to facilitate federal-state cooperation for commercial wind development on the Outer Continental Shelf off of the Atlantic coast.

Mayor Booker endorses property tax cap reform

21 Jun 2010

Newark Mayor Booker endorses Christie Property Tax Cap Reform Agenda. Mayor Booker - "This issue is not Republican or Democrat, it is not urban or suburban, north our south, it is not white, black, Latino or an Asian issue. This is a New Jersey issue."

stops increase in UI payroll tax

24 Jun 2010

Spares employers an average $400 per employee, or 52%, increase in the unemployment insurance payroll tax and instituted benefits reforms that will reduce the Unemployment Compensation Fund's reliance on employer contributions.

announces port expansion & land acquisition

25 Jun 2010

Announces historic port expansion and land acquisitions at Marine Ocean Terminal at Bayonne (MOTBY) and Global Marine Terminal on Port Jersey, utilizing the State's homegrown resources for sustainable job creation and economic growth

signs FY2011 budget

29 Jun 2010

Signs the FY 2011 budget that closes an $11 billion deficit without raising taxes.

calls special joint session of legislature

01 July 2010

Calls & addresses a joint Special Session of the New Jersey Legislature to push for immediate action on property tax reform.

signs bill to protect small businesses

02 July 2010

Signs S-1813 to protect New Jersey Small Businesses and Reform UI Trust Fund.

reaches bipartisan consensus on propert tax relief

03 July 2010

Governor Chris Christie announces a bipartisan consensus with Legislative leaders to provide long-awaited property tax relief for beleaguered New Jerseyans through an even stronger cap of 2 percent.

releases NJ Privatization Task Force Report

09 July 2010

Governor Chris Christie welcomes the report of the New Jersey Privatization Task Force calling it a path to a more efficient, cost-effective government. The report identifies more than $200 million in potential cost savings from across state agencies.

Executive Committee of NGA

11 July 2010

National Governors Association names Governor Chris Christie to Executive Committee.

signs into law cap 2.0

13 July 2010

Signs S-29 into law. A two percent, hard cap on property taxes. Marking the first significant step towards bringing lasting property tax reform to New Jersey.

cap and reform for school administrator salaries

15 July 2010

Unveils a proposal to cap and reform school administrators' salaries. Governor Christie - "It is our responsibility, in state government and at the local level, to act in every possible way to ensure that as many education dollars remain in the classroom as possible."

commission to review county prosectors's offices

16 July 2010

Establishes Commission to explore efficiencies and improvements in County Prosecutor's Offices.

gaming, sports, entertainment advisory commission

21 July 2010

Governor Christie welcomes recommendations of New Jersey Gaming, Sports and Entertainment Advisory Commission as blueprint for economic growth and prosperity. "This report is a blueprint that will guide our efforts in managing and protecting our gaming, sports and entertainment resources more responsibly and reforming issues critical to New Jersey's economic future." - Governor Christie.

honeywell stays in new Jersey

29 July 2010

Honeywell announces intention to redevelop their global headquarters and stay in New Jersey.

removing demeaning terms from state laws

16 Aug 2010

Signs legislation to eliminate demeaning terms from state laws and regulations

promotes economic growth in fort monmouth region

17 Aug 2010

Signs legislation to provide investment, continuity and economic growth to the Fort Monmouth region by creating the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA).

signs offshore wind economic development act

19 Aug 2010

Continues his commitment to grow and strengthen New Jersey's economy by utilizing and promoting energy initiatives as key to the State's technology future by signing the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act.

christie family highlights community service

20 Aug 2010

Governor Chris Christie, First Lady and family highlight community service at America's Grow-A-Row.

signs bill honoring military veterans

23 Aug 2010

Governor Christie signs series of bills to honor New Jersey's Military Veterans.

signs jaden's law

25 Aug 2010

Governor Christie signs Jaden's Law to promote bone marrow donation awareness.

best practices toolkit initiative

26 Aug 2010

Christie releases guidelines for the 'Best Practices' toolkit initiative to bring greater accountability, responsible budgeting and management and cost controls to local governments throughout New Jersey

signs legislation to promote clean water projects

31 Aug 2010

Governor Chris Christie signs legislation to promote vital clean water and environmental protection projects

announces proposal to convert NJN

02 Sep 2010

The Christie Administration submits a proposal to the Legislature to accomplish the conversion of New Jersey Network from a government body to an independent entity.

vetoes DRPA minutes

02 Sep 2010

Governor Christie demands further reform, vetoes Delaware River Port Authority meeting minutes because five reforms passed by the Commissioners at those meetings did not go far enough and did not comport with the directives stipulated in his July 29th and August 16th letters to the authority.

proposes rigorous ethics reform package

08 Sep 2010

Governor Christie proposes rigorous ethics reforms package that strengthen laws governing pay to play, dual office holding and employment, financial disclosure, "wheeling" of campaign contributions.

unveils pension & benefits reforms

14 Sep 2010

Governor Chris Christie unveils a sweeping package of reform measures to make the state and local employee pension system sustainable for current and future retirees and to bring fairness and affordability to the public employee health benefits system.

honors hispanic heritage month

15 Sep 2010

Governor Chris Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno release a statement in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

new coca cola enterprises facility

20 Sep 2010

Helping to make New Jersey a home for economic growth and job creation, the Governor announced that Coca Cola Enterprises will soon break ground on a new, state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable facility in South Brunswick.

bayonne bridge modernization project

21 Sep 2010

Stressing the long-term importance of the Bayonne Bridge as a vital infrastructure investment and critical to the Administration's economic development and job creation efforts, Governor Chris Christie supports the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's approval of $1 billion in its capital planning process to modernize the aging structure.

interdistrict public school choice program

21 Sep 2010

Governor Chris Christie takes action on legislation, including signing A-355/S-1073 establishing a permanent Interdistrict Public School Choice Program.

$112 million for anti-foreclosure initiatives

23 Sep 2010

Governor Chris Christie's administration announces that New Jersey will receive $112 Million in federal funds for anti-foreclosure initiatives.

newark schools donation

24 Sep 2010

Governor Christie joins Founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckberg and Mayor Cory Booker on the Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss $100 million donation to the Newark School system.

announces partnership with atlantic city

05 Oct 2010

Governor Chris Christie announces that the administration of Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford has entered into a partnership with the State through the Department of Community Affairs. The agreement will allow Atlantic City to avoid a steep increase in property taxes, as the State and City collaborate on the creation of a revitalized tourism and casino district as part of a long-term economic development plan

signs bill renaming nj trauma center

06 Oct 2010

Governor Chris Christie signs into law S-1342, to rename the "New Jersey Trauma Center" at University Hospital the "Eric Munoz Trauma Center," after the late Assemblyman Eric Munoz

red tape review commission

13 Oct 2010

Governor Christie continues to streamline state government and spur economic activity by announcing the appointment of members to the Red Tape Review Commission, created by Executive Order No. 41.

ends ARC tunnel project

27 Oct 2010

Governor Chris Christie exercises fiscal responsibility and protects New Jersey taxpayer dollars by accepting recommendation of NJ Transit ED Jim Weinstein to end ARC and look at alternative infrastructure projects.

education effectiveness task force

28 Oct 2010

Governor Christie announces members of the Education Effectiveness Task Force established by Executive Order No. 42. The Task Force will provide Governor Christie with recommendations for a fair and transparent system of educator evaluations

enacts superintendent pay cap

01 Nov 2010

The Christie Administration announces it is moving forward with a comprehensive plan to enact fiscal discipline and promote the prudent use of scarce property tax dollars by capping salaries for superintendents. The regulations, announced in July, will result in a salary reduction for more than 360 school superintendents who serve school districts with low numbers of students

calls on school administrators to enforce cap

16 Nov 2010

Governor Christie calls on school administrators to share in the sacrifice by stating that there will be no superintendent contracts renegotiated above the $175,000 cap before the cap goes into effect.

signs comprehensive concussion safety bill

07 Dec 2010

Governor Chris Christie signs Comprehensive Concussion Safety Bill to protect New Jersey's student-athletes with NFL Commissioner, Owners of NY Giants and NY Jets, DHSS Commissioner, Former NFL Players, Legislators, Student-Athletes, and Head Trauma Awareness Community join Governor Christie

fulfills pledge to cleanup barnegate bay

09 Dec 2010

Governor Chris Christie unveils a comprehensive plan of action to address the short and long term ecological health of Barnegat Bay and deal with the cooling system at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant which has threatened the surrounding fish population.

conditionally vetoes sick leave bill

09 Dec 2010

Governor Chris Christie issues a conditional veto of Senate Bill 2220 to completely eliminate the tax-payer funded cash payouts for used sick leave.

names chris cerf as Commissioner of education

20 Dec 2010

Governor Chris Christie names Christopher Cerf to lead New Jersey Department of Education.

Signs key arbitration reform legislation

21 Dec 2010

Governor Christie signs key reform agenda legislation to transform system on long-overdue Arbitration Reform.

seeks major disaster declaration

31 Dec 2010

Governor Chris Christie signs a letter to President Barack Obama seeking a major disaster declaration to secure federal funding and ensure New Jersey communities most affected by Hurricane Irene receive all possible resources to address extraordinary and unforeseen costs from the snow emergency.

higher education task force recommendations

04 Jan 2011

Governor Christie receives Higher Education Task Force recommendations and signs Executive Orders to create the Governor's Higher Education Council and the Advisory Committee on Graduate Medical Education.

signs bills to improve health of barnegate bay

05 Jan 2011

Following through on his pledge to fulfill a top environmental priority, Governor Chris Christie today signed into law three bills to improve the health of Barnegat Bay, as components of his comprehensive plan for the long-term restoration of this 660-square mile ecological gem and his commitment to improving water quality statewide.

signs anti bullying law

05 Jan 2011

Governor signs the "Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act" into law.

transportation capital plan

06 Jan 2011

Governor Christie puts forward responsible Transportation Capital Plan that will reduce borrowing and improve critical infrastructure.

Signs legisltion to attract and retain business

07 Jan 2011

Governor Christie signs legislation proposed by the Administration to bolster the State's Business Retention and Relocation Assistance Grant Program to continue growing the economy and creating jobs.

state of state address

11 Jan 2011

Governor Christie delivers his first State of the State Address.

approves creation of 23 new charter schools

18 Jan 2011

Governor Christie announces approval of 23 new charter schools, continuing his commitment to improving access to quality education for all NJ students.

conditionally vetoes COAH reform legislation

24 Jan 2011

Governor Christie conditionally vetoes COAH Reform Legislation, citing the creation of new bureaucracies and burdens on municipalities as major areas for modification.

Signs Legislation To revitalize atlantic city

01 Feb 2011 06:30:25

Governor Christie signs legislation to revitalize Atlantic City, establishing the Atlantic City Tourism District and designating $260 million in financing to support much needed infrastructure projects.

rejects empty civil service reform

03 Feb 2011

Governor Christie signs a conditional veto of an ineffective civil service "reform" bill, A-3590, citing its failure to include the critically needed opt-out and furlough options for municipalities.

continues overhaul of PVSC

07 Feb 2011

Governor Christie continues his overhaul of the PVSC while announcing 71 firings, amongst other reforms.

gives speech at AEI

16 Feb 2011

Governor Christie talks about "Big Things" in a speech at American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C.

delivers second budget proposal address

22 Feb 2011

Governor Christie delivers his second budget proposal address, announcing a $29.4 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2012, that cuts real spending for a second consecutive year.

educator effectiveness task force

03 Mar 2011

Governor Christie releases recommendations of the New Jersey Educator Effectiveness Task Force as a blueprint to remake public education and refocus the fundamental goals of the system.

vetoes internet gaming bill

03 Mar 2011

Governor Christie vetoes Internet Gaming Bill, citing it to be inconsistent with the goals of revitalizing Atlantic City's Tourism and Gaming Industries.

visits ann street school

17 Mar 2011

Governor Christie reaffirms his commitment to Newark public schools when he visits Ann Street School, calling for community involvement in reforms and the process of selecting a new superintendent.

introduces shadow government reform legislation

30 Mar 2011

Governor Chris Christie introduces "Shadow Government Reform" legislation to protect taxpayers and bring accountability to the state's "independent" authorities, boards and commissions.

creates education transformation task force

04 Apr 2011

Governor Chris Christie today signed Executive Order 58, creating the Education Transformation Task Force to conduct a top to bottom review of education regulations.

signs sara's law

06 Apr 2011

Governor Chris Christie signs Sara's Law, establishing a next-of-kin registry and notification measure.

issues proclamation naming honorary governor for the day

06 Apr 2011

Governor Christie signs proclamation making YouTube star, Jesse Koczon, Honorary Governor for the Day.

announces education reform package

13 Apr 2011

Governor Christie put forward the Education Reform Legislative Package, with reforms that will remake teacher tenure to demand accountability and reward good teachers.

annual easter egg hunt

18 Apr 2011

Governor Chris Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie welcomed 300 special needs children and their families to Drumthwacket for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

meets with education secretary arne duncan

20 Apr 2011

Governor Christie meets with United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at Drumthwacket to discuss education reforms and initiatives throughout the state.

provides relief to long-term unemployed

25 Apr 2011

Governor Chris Christie signed S-2680 to provide meaningful and continued relief for New Jerseyans suffering from long-term unemployment, at no cost to the state.

Signs Pro-Business Legislation

28 Apr 2011

Governor Chris Christie today signed Senate Bills 2753 and 2754 to provide common sense, targeted tax relief to improve the state's business climate and spur economic growth.

Ageement on supreme court nominee anne patterson

02 May 2011

Governor Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney announce agreement to advance the confirmation process on Supreme Court nominee Anne Patterson.

american dream at meadowlands

03 May 2011

Governor Chris Christie and Triple Five, owner of Mall of America®, announce design plans and a new name, American Dream Meadowlands, for the Meadowlands entertainment and retail complex formerly known as Xanadu, which will add 8,900 construction jobs over the next two years and up to 35,000 permanent jobs once it is fully operational.

new newark schools superintendent

04 May 2011

Governor Chris Christie names Cami Anderson as the next superintendent of the Newark Public Schools, taking action on his commitment to implement bold education reforms in Newark and across New Jersey that put results for children first.

repeals statutory early release program

09 May 2011

Governor Chris Christie moves immediately to protect public safety by signing bill to repeal the Statutory Early Release Program.

gives commencement address at seton hall

16 May 2011

Governor Chris Christie gives commencement address to graduates at Seton Hall University. "Be a disrupter in the way your heart and mind tells you to be a disrupter ... be a disrupter in the way your education tells you disruption is needed."

increase in funding to Abbott districts

24 May 2011

Governor Chris Christie announces he will restore $500 million in education funding for Abbott school districts.

signs legislation to monitor newborns for congenital heart defects

02 Jun 2011

Governor Christie signs legislation to monitor newborns for congenital heart defects

speaks at Community Education Resource Network

03 Jun 2011

Governor Chris Christie speaks at Community Education Resource Network (CERN) Commencement Exercises at Rutgers University in Camden

announces agreement for future of NJN

06 Jun 2011

Governor Chris Christie announces agreement for future of NJN which protects public broadcasting in New Jersey

announces energy master plan

07 Jun 2011

Governor Chris Christie announces a greener and more affordable vision for future of energy in New Jersey with the Energy Master Plan

Transformation Schools Initiative

09 Jun 2011

Governor Chris Christie joins Camden Mayor Dana Redd announce the innovative Transformation Schools Initiative which is aimed at turning around chronically failing schools.

bipartisan pension and health benefits reform

28 Jun 2011

Governor Chris Christie signs into law bold, bipartisan pension and health benefits reform bills. The bills will save New Jersey taxpayers $3.1 billion over the next 10 years, and marks another important step toward restoring fiscal health to New Jersey

Takes Action to Streamline State Government

29 Jun 2011

Governor Christie takes action to streamline state government through common sense reorganization plans and fulfill his commitment to end the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH), and help municipalities to better provide housing to those in need.

Signs FY2012 Budget

30 Jun 2011

Governor Christie keeps commitment to New Jerseyans with a balanced FY2012 budget, increased Education spending and job creating tax cuts.

Education Allocation Plan

12 July 2011

Governor Christie Announces Education Allocation Plan which increases school funding for every district in New Jersey.

Municipal Best Practices Checklist

14 July 2011

Governor Christie issues the 2011 Best Practices Checklist to the state's 566 municipalities as part of its continued reform efforts to make government operate more efficiently, strengthen its accountability, and better manage scarce taxpayers' resources.

Expands Promise Communities Initiative

20 July 2011

Governor Christie launches Expanded Promise Communities Initiative to maximize resources and results for children. In partnership with Harlem Children'sZone, Promise Communities reorganize services around goals of educating children, transforming communities.

expands investment project in Port Newark

27 July 2011

Governor Christie announces expanded investment project in Port Newark that will create nearly 800 new jobs. The project secures $500 million in Private port investment and will lead to new jobs.

Assistance with Summer Energy Bills

01 Aug 2011

Governor Christie announces supplemental resources to assist approximately 182,000 seniors and medically required households with summer energy bills

Camden County Regionalization Police Force

02 Aug 2011

Christie Administration, City of Camden and Camden County mark significant milestone in promoting effective, efficient public safety with regionalization memorandum of understanding

Signs Open Space Legislation

03 Aug 2011

Governor Christie builds on commitment to protect New Jersey's environment, signs legislation to protect open space and recreational development in the Garden State. $157 million made available for Green Acres Project.

"Skip the Trip" initiative

04 Aug 2011

Christie Administration announces "Skip the Trip" initiative. Further demonstrating how the administration is leading the MVC into the future.

Commitment to Barnegat Bay & NJ Water Quality

04 Aug 2011

Governor Chris Christie signs legislation that provides $650 million in no-cost and low-cost loans for projects to enhance water quality across New Jersey in Barnegat, N.J.

Horse Racing Bill

05 Aug 2011

Governor Christie signs legislation making independent, self-sustaining horse racing Industry in New Jersey a reality

Quality Health Care for the Most Vulnerable

08 Aug 2011

Underscoring the Administration's commitment to quality health services for New Jersey's most vulnerable, Governor Chris Christie today kicked off National Health Center Week with a visit to the Southern Jersey Family Medical Center's (SJFMC) Burlington City Health Center.

Visit to Belmar

10 Aug 2011

Reaffirming his strong commitment to protecting New Jersey's coastal treasures and the shore economy, Governor Chris Christie visits Belmar, making stops along the one-mile boardwalk to underscore the importance of healthy beaches and water to a vigorous tourism industry.

Visit to Ocean City & Revel Casino

12 Aug 2011

Further emphasizing his commitment to a healthy coastal environment, a strong shore economy and a revitalized Atlantic City, Governor Chris Christie visits 'America's first boardwalk," which National Geographic Traveler recently ranked as best in the nation. The Governor also stopped by the site of the new Revel Casino to get a first-hand look at its progress.

New Jersey's Historical Sites

15 Aug 2011

Governor Christie signs legislation to preserve New Jersey history. Makes $10 million available for preservation grants to protect 58 historic sites across the state.

Signs Farmland Preservation Bill

17 Aug 2011

Governor Christie signs legislation making $90.6 million available for farmland preservation to keep Jersey Fresh products thriving in the Garden State.

Hospital Funding Reforms

18 Aug 2011

Governor Christie highlights hospital funding reforms as key to increasing efficiency, fairness and stability in hospital assistance. Revised funding formula provides Trinitas Medical Center with an additional $5 million.

Programs to Assist NJ's Military Veterans

19 Aug 2011

Governor Christie signs legislation creating new programs to assist New Jersey's military Veterans and citizen soldiers. Establishes New Jersey National Guard State Family readiness Council Fund and Veteran Peer Support Helpline.

Transportation Infrastructure & Safety Funding

22 Aug 2011

Christie Administration announces $14.65 million for transportation infrastructure and safety project funding. 95 grants awarded to municipalities, counties and general aviation airports for local aid, airport or highway safety.

"Get the Hell Off the Beach"

26 Aug 2011

Governor Christie tells those New Jerseyans who are still on the Jersey Beaches, as Hurricane Irene is heading for New Jersey, to "get the hell off the beach."

Hurricane Irene Business Recovery Assistance

28 Aug 2011

Governor Chris Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno announce statewide Hurricane Irene Business Recovery Assistance to support the recovery of New Jersey's businesses and protect overall economic interests of our state.

Signed Small Business Assistance Legislation

01 Sep 2011

Continuing the Christie Administration's efforts to streamline government bureaucracy, assist small businesses to succeed and grow in New Jersey and improve the state's climate for job growth, Governor Chris Christie signed into law A-3195. The measure establishes a program within the Department of State to assist small businesses in identifying all of the financial assistance programs for which those businesses may be eligible.

Tour of Flood Damage in Paterson

01 Sep 2011

Governor Christie and Secretary Napolitano Tour Flood Damage in Paterson.

Welcomes New CRDA Executive Director

07 Sep 2011

Reaffirming his commitment to revitalize Atlantic City, Governor Chris Christie today applauded the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority's (CRDA) approval of John F. Palmieri as its new Executive Director, calling it an important next step in realizing the Administration's forward looking, comprehensive reform agenda to bring Atlantic City back.

New Jersey 9/11 Memorial unveiling

10 Sep 2011

Governor Christie's Remarks During the New Jersey 9/11 Memorial Unveiling.

Outlines Education Reform Agenda

12 Sep 2011

Governor Chris Christie outlines education reform agenda centered on four building blocks for success New Jersey's schools. Govenor Christie and Commissioner Cerf call recommendations of Education Transformation Task Force critical first step to modernize education and help schools focus on results for children.

376 days Since Introducing Ethics Reforms

19 Sep 2011

Governor Chris Christie calls on legislature to end the 376 day-long ethical lapse and pass his rigorous Ethics Reform Agenda.

helmets to Hardhats Partnership Program

22 Sep 2011

Governor Chris Christie invigorates New Jersey's Commitment to help returning military veterans secure jobs. Provides grant for Helmets to Hardhats Partnership Program.

vetoes Jersey Shore film tax credit

26 Sep 2011

Governor Chris Christie vetoes $420,000 Jersey Shore film tax credit award wasteful use of limited taxpayer resources.

"Real American Exceptionalism"

27 Sep 2011

Governor Chris Christie gives speech at the Ronald Reagan Library on "Real American Exceptionalism."

supports consolidation efforts

30 Sep 2011

Governor Chris Christie takes action to support Princeton consolidation effort. Proposes legislation and grants to promote sensible, locally-driven municipal consolidation.

Pension Reforms Deliever property tax relief

05 Oct 2011

Governor Chris Christie's landmark pension reforms deliver $267 million in property tax relief to New Jerseyans this year.

Church & Dwight to Stay and Expand in New Jersey

11 Oct 2011

Christie Administration announces Church & Dwight decision to stay in New Jersey, expand operations, and create hundreds of new jobs thanks to the administration's pro-growth agenda.

Funding To Spur Job Creation

12 Oct 2011

Governor Christie announces funding to spur small business lending job creation in New Jersey. State approved by US Treasury $33.8 million in funding through Small Business Credit Initiative.

Discusses Property tax savings in Mt. Laurel

13 Oct 2011

Governor Chris Christie's Bipartisan Pension Reforms Provide $557,557 in Property Tax Relief for Mount Laurel Residents

Delivers Tax Cut for New Jersey Families

17 Oct 2011

Governor Chris Christie announces a $190 million payroll tax cut that will directly benefit working New Jersey families. Most workers in New Jersey will experience a savings of $87 per year, resulting from changes to the Temporary Disability Insurance fund payroll taxes signed into law by the Governor.

Panasonic stays and expands in new Jersey

18 Oct 2011

Governor Christie's Determination to Create Jersey Jobs Results in Panasonic Corporation's Decision to Remain and Expand In New Jersey.

Constitutional Amendment on Judges' Benefit

18 Oct 2011

In response to a Superior Court judge's decision to exempt her and her judiciary colleagues from paying their fair share of increased contribution rates for pension and health benefits, Governor Christie announces that he would, if necessary, seek an amendment to the New Jersey Constitution to have judges treated equally with the hundreds of thousands of other public employees and retirees who are sharing in the sacrifice to repair and sustain New Jersey's public employee retirement and health benefits programs.

State Strategic Job Growth Plan

19 Oct 2011

Acting on a commitment to grow New Jersey's economy, create Jersey Jobs and organize government to meet the state's long term economic development goals in a common sense and sustainable manner, Governor Christie announces the State Strategic Job Growth Plan as an ambitious, flexible guide to New Jersey's economic development future.

Welcomes Israeli Ambassador Oren

24 Oct 2011

Governor Chris Christie Welcomes Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren to the State House.

Ceremony for the Volunteers of Hurricane Irene

25 Oct 2011

Governor Chris Christie holds a tribute ceremony for all the volunteers and public workers who helped New Jerseyans during Hurricane Irene.

Formula 1 Racing Coming in 2013

25 Oct 2011

Governor Christie announces the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to host an annual Formula 1 Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial in Weehawken and West New York beginning in June 2013.

New Jersey After 3 to Continue Operation

31 Oct 2011

Governor Christie announces that the New Jersey After 3 program will continue its work for New Jersey children and families through a renewed public-private partnership implementing the Department of Education's federal No Child Left Behind waiver application that will expand and improve programs to extend learning beyond the traditional school day. This new partnership between New Jersey After 3 and the New Jersey Department of Education will allow New Jersey After 3 to continue to serve New Jersey school children and working families by implementing a new extended learning program.

Workforce Training Grants

01 Nov 2011

Governor Christie announces the Administration has invested nearly $3.6 million to train workers in the Garden State's most viable and promising industries to ensure that New Jersey businesses remain productive and competitive.

Sustainable Funding Strategy for State Parks

02 Nov 2011

Governor Chris Christie, joined by Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin, release the Administration's plan to keep New Jersey's State parks open, affordable and accessible to even more New Jerseyans. The long-term strategy centers on the Administration's commitment to making all State parks accessible without increasing park entrance fees for New Jersey residents.

Greystone Hospital Site

03 Nov 2011

Taking action on a commitment to clean up and transition unused state property into productive uses for the public, Governor Christie today announces plans to remediate and convert approximately 165 acres at the original Greystone Psychiatric Hospital property in Morris County, also known as Greystone Park, to useable open space parkland. After years of sitting idle, the plans provide a final resolution for the site, which has remained dormant since the original psychiatric facility closed in 2008.

Takes Action On Polluting Pennsylvania Power Plant

07 Nov 2011

Governor Christie announces that New Jersey will appeal a ruling by the federal District Court in Western Pennsylvania that dismissed New Jersey's legal effort to force the owners of a coal-fired Pennsylvania power plant, that is spewing thousands of tons of pollutants into the air and impacting the Garden State, to substantially reduce those emissions.

Allergan, Inc. To open new facilities

07 Nov 2011

Governor Christie announces that Allergan, Inc. plans to open a new research and development facility in New Jersey that will create several hundred new jobs over the next three to five years and inject an estimated $12 million of private investment into the state's economy. The announcement is another success for New Jersey and the result of Governor Christie's pro-growth agenda to create jobs, spur economic development, and improve the state's climate for business investment and growth.

Baby Dylan Saved by Newborn Screening Law

09 Nov 2011

Governor Christie tours Newton Medical Center and meet with the Gordon family, whose two-month-old son, Dylan, is alive today because of detection and treatment resulting from New Jersey's first-in-the-nation law requiring newborns to be screened for life-threatening heart defects before leaving the hospital.

Signs Legislation to help Expand Charter Schools

10 Nov 2011

Governor Chris Christie signs into law legislation permitting the conversion of nonpublic schools into charter schools, taking further action in his commitment to expand the availability of high quality charter schools as an alternative for children in chronically failing schools.

Facebook Live Chat

15 Nov 2011

Governor Chris Christie participates in a Facbook Live chat.

No Child Left Behind Waiver Application

16 Nov 2011

Governor Chris Christie and Acting Education Commissioner Chris Cerf announce a bold and comprehensive reform agenda to address the biggest challenges facing public education in New Jersey, fully embodied in its No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver application. The agenda, including the development of a new accountability system and a package of specific education reform legislation previously introduced and awaiting action by the state legislature, will identify and seek to turn around New Jersey's consistently lowest-performing schools, recognize and reward improvement in all New Jersey schools, and provide the necessary tools to meet these goals in a manner consistent with President Obama's national education reform agenda.

League of Municipalities Annual Conference

17 Nov 2011

Governor Chris Christie speaks at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities 96th Annual Conference Luncheon.

Princeton Consolidation Conversation with Mayors

17 Nov 2011

Governor Chris Christie holds a conversation with Princeton Township Mayor Chad Goerner and Princeton Borough Council President Kevin Wilkes discussing the taxpayer benefits of the voter-approved consolidation effort at the Library in Princeton, N.J.

Season of Service

23 Nov 2011

Governor Chris Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie kick off a "Season of Service" at the Ladle of Love food pantry in Burlington City by honoring the volunteerism of 8-year old Aidan McManus.

Governor's Recidivism Initiative

28 Nov 2011

Taking action to build on the nationally recognized success of New Jersey's prisoner re-entry, rehabilitation and prevention programs, Governor Chris Christie outlines an initiative to help even more offenders get the support they need to successfully re-enter society, break the cycle of criminality and lead productive lives.

State's final 2011 Energy Master Plan

06 Dec 2011

Governor Christie releases the State's final 2011 Energy Master Plan (EMP) which strategically balances the development of new sources of clean energy, including natural gas, with renewables. The Energy Master Plan, which provides a vision for the use, management, and development of energy in the state, builds upon the Governor's efforts to make New Jersey the largest and fastest-growing solar energy market in the United States by supporting the industry's growth and encouraging private investment in the industry.

West New York Sick Pay Reform Town Hall

06 Dec 2011

Governor Christie holds Reform Agenda Town Hall with West New York Mayor Felix Roque, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Senator/Union City Mayor Brian Stack. They discuss the need for the legisalture to end sick leave payouts. Governor Christie declares "Zero means Zero."

234 mayors join call for Sick pay Reform

08 Dec 2011

A bipartisan group of 234 mayors joined Governor Christie's call for the legislature to end its delays and pass real sick and vacation pay reform to save taxpayer dollars and deliver critical budget relief to municipalities.

New Coca-Cola South Brunswick Facility

13 Dec 2011

Governor Chris Christie joins executives from The Coca-Cola Company, including Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent, to cut the ribbon on a new 226,000 -square foot facility in South Brunswick. The new facility, which will employ many of the company's 1,250 employees in New Jersey, demonstrates an ongoing commitment by companies, both large and small, to come to and grow in the Garden State. "Coca-Cola believes in New Jersey," Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent.

Mitigation Grants for Home Acquisition

13 Dec 2011

Governor Christie announces that New Jersey will receive $28 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant funding to acquire, or "buy-out" approximately 95 properties in flood-ravaged areas in the northern and central part of the state as a result of heavy rains from Hurricane Irene on August 27 to September 5, 2011.

$2 Million in Funding for Food Bank of South Jersey

14 Dec 2011

As part of the Administration's ongoing commitment to assist service organizations during this "Season of Service," Governor Chris Christie announces the Food Bank of South Jersey will receive $2 million in funding to secure continued access to food and nutritious meals for those in need in South Jersey.

New Jersey Adds 10,000 Private-Sector jobs

15 Dec 2011

New Jersey Department of Labor announces that private employers in the state added over 10,000 jobs in November of 2011. Since Governor Christie took office, New Jersey has added over 62,000 private-sector jobs.

"Toys for Troops" Service Event

20 Dec 2011

Governor and Mrs. Christie welcomes area service men and women and their families to Drumthwacket to show gratitude for the great sacrifice they make for their country.

Agreements to Continue Horse Racing

20 Dec 2011

Governor Chris Christie announces two critical developments in his goal to establish a fully independent, privately operated horseracing industry in New Jersey, with the signing of a 30-year contract for the operation of the Meadowlands harness-racing track, and an agreement to continue thoroughbred racing at Monmouth Park in 2012. Both developments further the Governor's commitment to end subsidies of racing purses while furthering his effort to have private-sector operators assume control at both venues.

Signs Transitional Aid Bill

20 Dec 2011

Acting on his commitment to strengthen New Jersey's urban cities and distressed municipalities through fiscal oversight, guidance and accountability, Governor Christie signs into law S-3118/A-4373, legislation to restore Transitional Aid funding that includes much needed oversight measures in the program. The legislation meets the Governor's long standing call for transitional aid and accountability to go hand in hand in order to prevent abuse and politicization of the program.

Funding for NJ's Homeless Shelters & Transitional Housing

23 Dec 2011

Emphasizing the vital work of service organizations in communities throughout the state, Governor Chris Christie announces the award of 37 Shelter Support grants totaling $3.83 million in both state and federal funding. The grants will aid nonprofit and local government agencies operating emergency homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities while assisting approximately 3,000 New Jersey households over the next year.

Signs GrowNJ Incentive Program

06 Jan 2012

Acting on an agenda to create jobs for New Jerseyans and spur economic development in areas across the state, Governor Chris Christie signs S-3033, legislation creating the GrowNJ Assistance program to provide at least $200 million in incentives to create and retain Jersey Jobs. The GrowNJ program will encourage business investment and expansion in New Jersey by providing tax credits to companies moving to or growing in the state based on capital investment and job creation or retention.

Second State of the State Address

10 Jan 2012

Governor Christie delivers his second State of the State address.