The Jersey Comeback is well underway – but don’t expect any miracles by the end of the year.

That was the message from Governor Christie to an overflow crowd during his latest town hall meeting in East Brunswick today.

The Governor said we’re making progress, but after more than a hundred tax and fee increases over an 8 year stretch before he took the oath of office, getting the Jersey economy humming on all cylinders will take a bit of time.   

“It’s not going to change overnight because we’ve been screwing this up for a decade” said Christie, “I’d love to say to you be the end of the year everything is going to be fixed – it’s not -it’s not, and I’m not going to lie to you, you’ve had too many politicians who have come and lied to you about this stuff and said – elect me and I’m going to fix it right away – well I’m not going to fix it right away…this is going to take at least 4 years to fix and even a little bit longer.”

He also told the crowd “what we’re seeing is progress – we’re no longer thinking we’re buried under by these problems and no one is dealing with them – we’re balancing our budgets – and we know if we continue the patterns of the past, we’re never going to get out of the hole.”

During the town Hall Christie also called on lawmakers to approve his 10 percent income tax plan, and work with him to pass a balanced budget by the end of next month.