Revitalizing NJ Cities A Bi-Partisan Effort: Governor, Mayor

By Katie Colaneri, WBGO News
October 9, 2012

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At a press conference in Jersey City, Governor Christie says both parties have failed American cities.

A recent op-ed in the New York Times charges the GOP with stiffing America’s cities. In New Jersey, the state’s top Republican and one prominent Democrat say it’s a different story.

If you ask Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy about the GOP’s national agenda, he calls it “homicidal."

The Democratic mayor and staunch Obama supporter changes his tune when it comes to working with Republican Governor Chris Christie’s administration.

“I’d have to call them very helpful,” he says.

The governor, who was home between campaign stops for Republican candidate Mitt Romney, says both parties have failed American cities, but he’s working to make New Jersey’s urban centers more attractive to families.

Healy says that’s because Christie knows where his economic bread is buttered.

“As we succeed, survive and thrive, so it inures to the benefit of the state of New Jersey.”

Recent census figures show more Americans than ever live in cities.


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