As 2016 looms, Christie tends to business in New Jersey

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.

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