NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie casts his eye toward a potential presidential bid, he must first do some work at home.
First up, Christie will deliver his fifth State of the State address on Tuesday.
It’s a speech in which observers expect Christie to work to define his tenure as New Jersey governor on his own terms, while not missing the chance to articulate his rationale for a potential run for president.
The speech could touch on a number of nagging issues in Trenton that could become a bother should Christie move forward with a 2016 presidential campaign.
They include the financial health of the state workers’ pension fund, as well as a state economy that continues to lag behind the region.