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Governor Christie addresses state agriculture industry

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 Governor Chris Christie spoke before a room filled with representatives from the state's agriculture industry Wednesday night at the Trump Taj Mahal.

Governor Christie praised Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher for his leadership and assistance in the recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

"No one doubts for a second who's in charge of the agricultural industry in the state of New Jersey. Who's the guy in charge of running the show each and everyday, as their largest cheerleader and a person to get things done and that's the secretary of agriculture. He's done an extraordinary job," said Governor Christie.

The Governor also praised the industry for helping to feed students around the state through the department's free school breakfast program and announced that the state has preserved it's 200,000th acre of land through the Farmland Preservation Program.

"We are the Garden State and the only way we'll remain that way is to work closely with farmers in this state to make sure we preserve farmland all through the state of New Jersey."

For the hundreds in attendance, the words of praise from the governor and the overall message of strength and perseverance from Sandy was well received.

"I was very glad to hear he's looking to help the Ag. industry with whatever support he can give us," said Dan Collins of the Farm Bureau.

"I was glad to see he's interested in the people of this state and willing to put politics to the side and think about the people and what the people need," said Ray Samulis from Rutgers.

And with his campaign for reelection in its early stages, Governor Christie vowed to continue his support from the farmers of New Jersey.

"Your belief in this industry keeps it going in New Jersey," said Governor Christie.

 "Please know as long as I have the honor of sitting in the governor's chair, you will have a friend and an ally for this industry in Trenton."

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