Gov. Chris Christie will have one last time to make a public speech as New Jersey's chief executive on Tuesday.
Christie will bid farewell as he gives his eighth State of the State address. He's the first governor to do so in nearly three decades. Christie leaves office at noon Jan. 16.
As his time winds down, Christie has shown his last battle as governor is to argue that he has accomplished things that will benefit the state for decades to come. Expect Christie to run through his achievements in office during the final address.
That includes pension and health benefits reform for public workers, a 2 percent arbitration cap for police and firefighters aimed at keeping property taxes from soaring, the state's higher education merger, an expansion of charter schools and bail reform. In his final year, he has focused on opioid addiction.
And, as he's done in the last year, Christie will likely warn that if Democrats in the Legislature and his Democratic successor, Gov.-elect Phil Murphy, don't continue to make changes to state workers' pension and health benefits that New Jersey will find itself in a bad way in the near future.
The last person to give a farewell State of the State was former Gov. Jon Corzine, who invoked Napoleon, Martin Luther King and two of the late Kennedy brothers to mark the conclusion of 10 tumultuous years in New Jersey politics.
The last governor to serve two full terms was former Gov. Thomas H. Kean.
In his eighth and final State of the State, the popular Kean thanked New Jersey residents and talked up the Garden State.
He also read a few letters from youngsters, including one that said: "I'm very sorry you're leaving office, but that that's life, Bud!"
Christie's speech is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Assembly chamber. It will be streamed live by nj.com