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Christie warns candidates to cool it on promises

WASHINGTON (AP) —  Gov. Chris Christie delivered a stern warning to a gathering of New Jersey lobbyists, business people and politicians that the field of candidates looking to succeed him could be making too many promises.

Christie spoke Thursday night at the state Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner after a daylong train ride from New Jersey to the nation’s capital.

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He says he’s fearful that promises are being made that no government check book can cover, such as making full, rather than partial, payments to the state’s public pension fund. He didn’t single out specific candidates but after his remarks confirmed to reporters he was discussing both Democrats and Republicans.

Christie’s speech comes in his final year in office.

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The event is an annual pilgrimage for New Jersey officials. It comes as President Donald Trump has promised to “drain the swamp,” and signed an order aimed at restricting administration officials from lobbying.

Christie didn’t mention the president.

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