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Gov. Christie adresses the crowd at the 2012 NJ Chamber Walk to Washington

New Jersey businesses will be essential in the effort to cut taxes and rein in government spending, Gov. Chris Christie told the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce on Thursday night in Washington.

Governor Chris Christie told a group of business leaders that Democrats in the Legislature may jeopardize New Jersey’s economic recovery by putting social issues ahead of job creation and tax cuts.

A crowded car aboard the annual New Jersey Chamber of Commerce train ride to Washington. - John O'Boyle/The Star-Ledger

TRENTON — For New Jersey’s power brokers, the annual chamber-sponsored schlep from Newark to Washington is a time-honored exercise in extreme networking.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski talks with Senator Loretta Weinberg during the annual New Jersey Chamber of Commerce train ride.

Governor Christie told an audience of state business leaders who traveled to Washington on Thursday that legislative critics of his proposed income tax cut were hypocrites because they had supported fiscally irresponsible budgets before.

2012 New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Walk to Washington.

WASHINGTON — Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday ripped Democrats in the Legislature as misguided for trying to legalize gay marriage and for their criticism of his income tax plan during a speech at the state’s annual Chamber of Commerce congressional dinner.

Gov. Christie, pictured on Wednesday when he announced his plan, with Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Sol J. Barer, chairman of the UMDNJ advisory committee, to merge Rutgers-Camden into Rowan University. (Mel Evans, Associated Press)

WASHINGTON - Without uttering the words "gay marriage," Gov. Christie delivered a fiery attack on Democrats for pushing ahead with a same-sex marriage bill when the state should be focused on job creation.