Final Grade: Gov. Christie Exists as Most Unpopular NJ Governor on Record

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Christie's last full day in office is January 15.

The Democrat-led Legislature passed the bill on Monday, as they considered dozens of bills during their final session before a new governor and legislators are sworn in.

"Due to the fighting attitude we brought and the pro-growth policies we have fought for and achieved together, I am proud to be here today to tell you that the state of our state is very good and without question much better than it was eight years ago".

Christie, the first governor since Thomas Kean to serve two full four-year terms, said the state is better off than when-nine years ago, as USA attorney for the District of New Jersey-he chose to run for governor.

The 55-year-old governor's next steps are not clear.

Democratic Governor-elect Phil Murphy takes office on Tuesday, January 16th. Analysts said anti-Christie sentiment was a major factor in the race.

A Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released on Tuesday found that Christie will be leaving office on January 16 as the least popular governor in New Jersey history, with just five percent of respondents saying that they will miss him when he is gone.

"'We all still don't know and we are all looking forward to finding out", Mr. Palatucci said. I leave it next week even prouder to be one of you.

But according to Christie, Bridgegate - in which his aides masterminded a traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge as political payback to a mayor who didn't endorse their boss - deprived him of "the benefit of the doubt - that's all".

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"[The] stakes are exciting", Christie said of the presidential campaign.

Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, described Mr. Christie's tenure as a "pretty interesting ride", saying he entered office in 2010 as somewhat of an unknown commodity. He cited the fact that New Jersey's economy fell behind other states, despite the national recovery.

But he was also criticized for testy exchanges with the public during town hall meetings and other encounters.

Union members now pay more for their health insurance and contribute more into their pension funds.

Will you miss Chris Christie?

He said he vetoed more than $7 billion in spending, helped cut the state workforce, pushed through a cap on property tax increases and, at the same time, made sure the state invested heavily to help protect the New Jersey Shore from the kind of devastation it suffered during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

"His numbers continually deteriorated as New Jersey voters felt he turned his back on his day job", Mr. Murray said. "No matter what you think of him you have to recognize what he has accomplished for New Jersey and its residents".

"I absolutely believe if Trump had not gotten into the race I think we would have won", Christie told's Matt Arco in an interview published Sunday.

After the election, Christie served briefly as the head of the transition team before he was demoted.