Faced with a widening political scandal that threatens to undermine his second term and a possible 2016 presidential run, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie apologized again Tuesday, saying his administration "let down the people we are entrusted to serve" but that it doesn't define his team or the state.
On the eve of his second term, the governor opened his annual State of the State address by touching only briefly on the issue before moving on to take credit for the state's improving economy.
"The last week has certainly tested this administration," he told lawmakers and others gathered at the Statehouse. "Mistakes were clearly made. And as a result, we let down the people we are entrusted to serve. I know our citizens deserve better."