Christie’s remarks on bridge scandal (Video)

In his annual State of the State address Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) vowed to take steps to ensure the "breach of trust" that led to a turbulent political scandal will not happen again. (New Jersey Office of the Governor)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), in his State of the State address Tuesday, briefly addressed the bridge controversy that has consumed his administration.

Christie addressed the issue at the top of his remarks, before moving on to other issues. Here's what he said:

The last week has certainly tested this administration. Mistakes were clearly made. And as a result, we let down the people we're entrusted to serve. I know our citizens deserve better. Much better.

Now, I'm the governor and I'm ultimately responsible for everything that happens on my watch -- both good and bad.

Without a doubt we will cooperate with all appropriate inquiries to ensure this breach of trust does not happen again.

But I also want to assure the people of New Jersey today that what has occurred does not define us or our state. This administration and this legislature will not allow the work that needs to be done to improve the people’s lives in New Jersey to be delayed for any reason. I am the leader of this state and its people, and I stand here today proud to be both. And those who know me know that I am always determined to do better.

Here's our full story on Christie's speech.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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