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Gov. Chris Christie Talks Innovation and the Economy at NVTC/CEA Leadership Series

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, addressed a crowd of more than 325 technology business leaders on Friday, May 1 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner as part of the NVTC/CEA Leadership Series. Christie was introduced by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the event’s co-host.

Gov. Chris Christie
Gov. Christie during the NVTC/CEA Leadership Series event on May 1 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.

In his speech, Christie discussed the need for a robust private sector, the technology industry’s impact on innovation, reforming the government tax system and reshaping the nation’s foreign policy. He also focused on tackling major structural entitlement reforms as a critical imperative to lessen its present 71 percent share of the federal budget which hinders our ability to to invest in “national defense… education, research and development, national institutes of health, things that we need to make sure our country continues to be a cutting-edge leader around the world.”

After his remarks, Christie took questions from the technology community audience, addressing corporate repatriation, immigration reform, attracting top notch international talent, preparing America’s workforce through education reform, healthcare challenges, New Jersey’s recovery after hurricane Sandy, and his signature candor.

NVTC and CEA have extended invitations to other potential and announced Democrat and Republican presidential candidates to address the region's technology community as part of our Leadership Series. Stay tuned for more events as leaders and dates are confirmed.

Click here to view Gov. Christie's full remarks via C-SPAN.