Gov.-elect Christopher J. Christie will spend much of his inaugural day Jan. 19 in Newark and has picked three charities to partner with in the build up to his swearing in.
Christie has named "Rebuilding New Jersey Together: Pride Through Service and Community" as the theme of his inauguration, and he plans to stress the importance of reviving urban centers as part of his effort to turn around the state's economy, according to a release from his inaugural committee. He also set up an inaugural Web site.
Christie, who now lives in Livingston, was born in Newark and kicked off his gubernatorial campaign there.
"At a time when our state is facing many daunting challenges, it is crucial to remember we are all in this together," Christie said in the statement. "The future of our state depends on us working together to rejuvenate our communities and that begins by all of us working together to turn around our cities. I am proud to be returning to Newark to celebrate the beginning of my administration and commemorate the start of New Jersey's renewal."
The charities, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, the National Guard State Family Readiness Council and Daytop-New Jersey, which provides treatment, education and assistance to children and their families struggling with substance abuse, will be an "integral" part of the activities leading up to inauguration day, the release said.
The Star-Ledger had previously reported that Christie would focus on Newark during his inauguration. One person who won't be there, though, is Bruce Springsteen. Christie is an avid Springsteen fan, but the Boss has declined an invitation to play. Springsteen, who played as part of President Obama's inauguration, is a staunch Democrat. The New York Times reported that instead, Christie has recruited the B Street Band, a Springsteen tribute group that played at his election night victory party.