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Tough talk on failed book deal, ‘special interest’ newspapers (Ask The Governor Highlights)

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Gov. Chris Christie was in a combative mood for Thursday’s edition of Ask the Governor — fresh off a legislative defeat.

Lawmakers had declined to take up a bill to let Christie profit from a book deal while in office, and at the same time provided raises for judges, legislative staff workers and others. But Christie told New Jersey 101.5’s Eric Scott those raises are long overdue, and if New Jersey’s happy paying judges less than practicing attorneys can get, New Jersey’s going to get “stupid” judges.

He also hit back hard against the newspaper industry, after the legislature also declined to take up a bill that would have allowed municipalities to end the current practice of advertising votes and other actions in papers — a major source of revenue for newspapers throughout the state.

Newspapers had dubbed the measure the “revenge bill,” saying it was payback for reports that were unfavorable to Christie — such as those that uncovered the “Bridgegate” scandal.  Christie said he’ll continue to fight “special interest” newspaper owners who profit from the public through the legal notices requirement — arguing there’s no reason for the public to pay and line rich newspaper owners’ pockets.

The governor also pledged to spend much of his last year in office fighting for better addiction recovery and prevention services, and said New Jersey can expect to hear more about that in his final State of the State address.

Ask the Governor takes place approximately once a month. Each month, tweet your questions to @NJ1015 using the hashtag #askgov.

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