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NJ Gov. Christie Shows Softer Side Before Budget Address

ABC News(TRENTON, N.J.) -- The office of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday released a video teasing some of the issues the governor will highlight in his budget address Tuesday afternoon.

Named “Saving Lives Lasts Forever,” the video shows Christie’s State of the State address last month, as well as the governor who is up for re-election this year greeting constituents in diners, schools, hospitals and other locales.

Christie is also heard saying, “When you are governor, they often ask you if you are worried about legacy. If you are worried about legacy, you are probably focusing on the wrong thing. But it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be conscious of it.”

“And there are certain things that you do that you know will be temporary,” Christie says. “There are certain things you do that you hope will be permanent. Budgets come and go, taxes go up and down, but saving lives, saving lives that lasts forever.”

The video ends with the words “Recover. Rebuild. Restore.” written across the screen.

It’s a softer Christie than the tough-talking governor we often see. The video shows the possible 2016 presidential contender who’s more like the man seen in the days after Superstorm Sandy slammed into New Jersey, when he was hugging those affected and helping the most vulnerable, than the one known to tell New Jerseyans and Republicans alike to “shut up.”

The video seems to reflect the Christie administration’s more long-term priorities, including education and the economy. And it’s likely we will hear him discuss on Tuesday how he intends to balance the state’s budget amid tight funds and the need to rebuild after Sandy. It’s also possible that Christie will mention how he intends to deal with a possible expansion of Medicaid.

The address comes a day after news broke that Christie, 50, was “not being invited” to next month’s Conservative Political Action Conference, according to a source close to the event. The confab of conservative activists has almost 40 featured speakers, including presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who’ll deliver his first public address since losing in November.

Officially, CPAC says the schedule is still being finalized. Despite angering members of his own party in the past, Christie is one of the most popular governors in the country. A state poll by Quinnipiac earlier this month found a 74 percent approval rating for Christie, the highest of any New Jersey governor in 17 years of Quinnipiac polling in the state.

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Chris Christie on ‘Blood Libel’: Palin Should Have Left It Alone

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Governor Chris Christie doesn’t know if Sarah Palin understood what she was getting into when she used the term “blood libel” in her Facebook post Wednesday, but the New Jersey Republican said she should have simplified her message and left it alone.

“I don’t think anybody really believes that Governor Palin was trying to make someone get hurt or bring violence on. And I think she just should have said that and left it at that,” he told ABC's George Stephanopoulos Thursday.

A popular Republican governor in a blue state, Christie is seen as a rising star in the Republican Party. But despite encouragement from the right to run for president, the governor has repeatedly denied a 2012 bid.

So what does he think the GOP needs in a presidential candidate? Someone who will “walk the walk and not just talk the talk” in order to reduce spending, the size of government and our tax structure, he said.

“That person has to prove they’re willing to do the difficult things, not just talk about them. Because they’ve heard plenty of talk, especially from our party,” Christie said. The governor did not mince words when explaining what he thinks the next two years mean to the Republican Party: everything.

“This is the Republican Party’s last chance. It’s put up or shut up time for us now that we run the House,” he said. “We better do what we said we were going to do or we’re going to get sent to the wilderness without a compass for a long time George, and we’re going to deserve it. Because we’ve talked about it, now let’s do it.”

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