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Chris Christie says 'dispirited' and 'angry' Americans look to New Jersey for leadership

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sent a strong message to politicians and pundits in the nation's capital during his acceptance speech after winning re-election by a wide margin.

Christie said people in New Jersey often disagreed, but they were still able to work together to get things done.

"Now, listen, I know that if we can do this in Trenton, New Jersey, maybe the folks in Washington, D.C., should tune in their TV's right now and see how it's done," Christie said.

Christie described effective political leadership as listening, bringing people together, and working to make government function.

"I know that tonight, a dispirited America, angry with their dysfunctional government in Washington, looks to New Jersey to say, 'Is what I think [is] happening really happening? Are people really coming together?'"

Christie said getting positive results that benefit the public is the first job of all public officials.

"Under this government, our first job is to get the job done, and as long as I'm governor, that job will always, always be finished," Christie told a cheering crowd of supporters.

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