It actually seemed like the Garden State's reputation was improving. With the popular, tough-talking Gov. Chris Christie at the helm, New Jersey's days as the laughingstock of the nation appeared to be fading, but that was before Bridgegate.
The top Democrat in the state legislature has been a close ally to Gov. Chris Christie since the latter took office, helping him usher in a property tax cap as well as public worker pension and health benefits reforms.
More than two years after a deadline for Gov. Chris Christie and New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities to implement an offshore wind program signed into law in 2010, the initiative still has not begun.