While Gov. Chris Christie won’t be bringing his approach to the national government, state business leaders are pleased he will continue to focus on New Jersey’s issues.
As word spread that Christie had ruled out a presidential run, the leaders of the state’s two largest business associations both said putting the national spotlight on Christie led to positive attention to the changes being made in the state’s business climate.
New Jersey Business & Industry Association President Philip Kirschner said Christie has given the state a national profile and “extended New Jersey’s brand.”
“We have that in addition to his stewardship of the state,” Kirschner said.
Kirschner added that Christie is in position to give advice and counsel to whoever becomes the Republican candidate.
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President Thomas A. Bracken also said the state has benefited from the positive attention on Christie.
“I think if he were to run, that would be a little bit diluted,” Bracken said. “He wouldn’t be as engaged as he is, and I think because he started some very positive things in New Jersey, his direct involvement is going to be much better than his indirect involvement to keep that momentum going.”
Bracken said while Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno would also do a good job, the state has benefited from her being “110 percent” focused on improving the economy.
Christie said he was not prepared to walk away from being governor when his job is unfinished, citing education reform as an immediate issue on his agenda.
“This is not the time to leave unfinished business,” Christie said.