Contact Us
Make My Homepage

NJ’s Speaker-Elect Hopes for Good Relationship with Christie [AUDIO]


He’s had a well-publicized so-called bromance with State Sen. President Steve Sweeney, but Gov. Chris Christie’s relationship with Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver has been rocky.

Assemblyman Vinnie Prieto
Assemblyman Vinnie Prieto (Photo courtesy of NJ Assembly Democrats via

Christie famously called Oliver “a liar” during a State House press conference. In January, Assemblyman Vinnie Prieto will replace Oliver and he’s hoping to forge a good relationship with Christie.

“As the budget chairman I’ve had some relationship with him (Christie),” said Prieto. “In my new role, that will be expanded, I see a relationship where we have to put our differences aside and we do have to work together.”

New Jersey politicians can come together unlike those in Washington explained Prieto. He said great legislation doesn’t really work because some people love it and some people hate it, but everyone can live with good legislation.

“We’ve got to get somewhere in the middle ground to make sure we do the right thing for the residents of the State of New Jersey,” said Prieto. “I’m looking forward to having some dialogue with him and we will go from there.”

The Governor and Sweeney meet on a very regular basis. Prieto isn’t sure how often he will be getting together with Christie.

“We have to be respected as an equal branch of government,” explained Prieto. “No matter where it goes it has to be something that works for the residents of the State of New Jersey. It could be difficult. It could be easier. You get things accomplished both ways. We’ll try to feel that out as it goes along.”

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Best of NJ101.5

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for New Jersey Insiders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive New Jersey Insiders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.