Hurricane Sandy (2012)

As Gov. Chris Christie bids farewell, many in New Jersey say good riddance

As Gov. Chris Christie bids farewell, many in New Jersey say good riddance

In the days after Superstorm Sandy ravaged New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie crisscrossed the state, assessing damage, hugging evacuees and projecting the image of a man in charge. In a famous show of bipartisanship, he welcomed President Obama to New Jersey as the state sought federal funds to help with damage.

Christie’s popularity and job approval ratings reached their apex in February 2013, a few months after the storm and seven months before his reelection bid. At that time, 70% of residents viewed him favorably and 73% approved of the job he had done.

But on Tuesday, as Christie delivered his final State of the State address — in which he spoke triumphantly of his...

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