In this Nov. 29, 2017, file photo, New Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a news conference at the Integrity House drug addiction rehabilitation center in Newark, N.J. Christie is set to deliver his final state of the state address on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Christie will be turning over state government control to Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy, who takes office on Jan. 16. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
TRENTON, N.J. — Outgoing Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday that New Jersey needed “tough and plain-spoken leadership” when he took office eight years ago and he delivered it, pulling the state from “the brink of financial ruin” by confronting problems leaders of both parties had ignored for decades.