Governor Christie continues to insist a spirit of bipartisanship has taken hold in Jersey.

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But after he delivered his state of the state speech this week, which put Sandy restoration front-and-center, the Governor was strongly criticized by democratic leaders for not laying out a road-map for economic recovery.

Christie is now firing back.

During a visit to Belmar for a boardwalk rebuilding ceremony, Christie said, "This is the kind of partisanship that people in New Jersey don't have any time for right now - democrats feel like they just have to say bad stuff about me because well, that's their job - luckily for the state, not all democrats feel that way."

The Governor also said State Senate President Steve Sweeney should be ashamed of himself for the criticisms he delivered after Christie's state of the state focused front and center on Sandy relief.

"Fact of the matter is," said Christie, "We have a job to do here, and if he thinks that any of those other things are more important than doing this, go out and make that case to the people of the state…I don't know when he thinks that's going to happen if we don't start working on that and focusing on that now, and so that's what I'm going to do and if he wants to complain about it - let him run up and down the state and complain for himself, I really don't care."

The Governor added, "The things that are most important right now to the people of this state is that we rebuild and recover from this storm and that their neighbors and their friends get restored to their homes and their businesses, and that we get this state back to normal - as close to normal as we can for the summer."

When the Governor was asked what the current status of his relationship is with Sweeney, he said, "I love him but our love is strained."

Christie also said he fist-pumped with Sweeney during the state of the state because Sweeney said he had a bad cold and didn't want to get the Governor sick by shaking hands.