Christie: Unlike in Past, New Jersey's Government Doesn't 'Take,' But 'Gives' to the People

'What they thought, what they thought was that government was just there to take from them, but not to give to them'

CHRISTIE: "The people of New Jersey four years ago were down-harden and dispirited. They didn't believe that government could work for them anymore. In fact what they thought, what they thought was that government was just there to take from them, but not to give to them. Not to work with them, not to work for them. Well, four years later, we stand here tonight, showing that it is possible to put doing your job first, to put working together first, to fight for what you believe in yet still stand by your principles and get something done for the people who elected you. The biggest thing I've learned over the last four years about leadership is that leadership is much less about talking than it is about listening. About bringing people around the table, listening to each other, showing them respect. Doing what needed to be done. To be able to bring people together and to achieve what we needed to achieve to move our state forward."

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