In a plea for bipartisanship at building ribbon-cutting ceremony, Chris Christie said, "I may be the only damn Republican here."
"As I look around this room, at least among the elected officials, I may be the only damn Republican here. But, that’s ok. It’s alright," said Christie.
"Me and Joe Kyrillos marching the lonely road for Republicans into the city of Newark. But what Joe and I both understand, what Joe and I both understand is that this kind of work doesn’t get done unless both parties work together. Unless everybody decides that they want to put partisan politics aside and they want to get things done. It’s what makes us so sick about Washington, D.C. but, what we don’t see here, in New Jersey. And that’s the responsibility of both parties, everybody. That’s Republicans and Democrats willing to put those things aside and work together for the betterment of our state and especially for the betterment of our cities.
"There will always be some who will continue to revert back to their partisan corner and decide that their party knows best about everything. I wake up secure in the knowledge of two things as Governor of New Jersey every day. One is that I don’t know everything and two is that I’m never going to get everything I want. Some people would say that’s a challenge, I say it’s a relief. It’s a relief. That means everybody partners. That means everybody has a stake in it. That means everybody’s gotta do its part. And no one person or one party’s responsible. And so, I’m glad that Joe Taylor, Panasonic and the state government decided to fight the fight we fought to get the building built. I’m thrilled that you’re here now as a part of the fabric of this city and this county and this state to make our state a better place."