New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s 2012 RNC speech (Full video)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made his case for a Mitt Romney presidency last night at the Republican National Convention. The Governor said the Romney will tell voters the “hard truths” they need to hear to grow the economy and create jobs.

Christie blamed Obama and Democrats for “Gimme, Gimme” mentality towards more government. He said the United States has no option but to cut federal spending and fundamentally reduce the size of government.

Christie is widely viewed as a future presidential candidate. His decision to scrap a commuter rail tunnel into New York City endeared him to fiscal conservatives.

He talked about his leadership in New Jersey, which he said led to a balanced state budget while lowering taxes. He said he took on both the government worker and teacher unions to help reduce spending. 

Christie says political leaders have too often taken the easy road — and that voters have let them.

Christie told delegates he doesn’t want his children and grandchildren to inherit an “enormous government” that has taxed, spent and borrowed Americans into “second-class citizenship.” Instead, he said, he wants them to see “a second American century” of strong economic growth, in which America and its values are examples for the world.

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