TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie, who starts a second term with multiple investigations into his administration's tactics under way, will accentuate bipartisanship and diversity in his inaugural speech Tuesday.
"We have to be willing to play outside the red and blue boxes," Christie said in prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press. "We have to be willing to reach out to others who look or speak differently than us."
Christie is also expected to return to a favorite theme: Washington gridlock.
"We cannot fall victim to the attitude of Washington, D.C.," he said in the prepared remarks. "The attitude that puts political wins ahead of policy agreements."
The celebrations to mark the start of Christie's second term could be tempered by investigations into traffic tie-ups that appear to have been ordered by his staff for political retribution and an allegation that his administration linked superstorm Sandy aid to approval for a real estate project.
Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.