Gov. Chris Christie spent his first three years in office pushing through a fiscal and education agenda that has made him a polarizing figure here in the capital and a rising Republican star nationally.
Now, the 50-year-old governor is embarking on the last year of his first term from a different posture—managing the hand dealt to him.
In an interview ahead of his State of the State address Tuesday, Mr. Christie said rebuilding New Jersey in the wake of superstorm Sandy would be his primary focus this year as he faces re-election.
More accustomed to charging forward toward a goal than reacting to events, the strident governor said it is his job to help bring back the state and hopes to do so within two years.