Hope springs eternal among the pols in the Garden State. Despite a budget crisis, legislators had time for New Year's resolutions. Here's a sample:

State Sen. and Congressman-elect John H. Adler (D., Camden): "My first one is to keep my family healthy and happy. My second one is to try to help restore hope and prosperity to the American people as I go to Congress in January."

Senator Diane Allen (R., Burlington): Two with a similar theme: I want to work harder on the state's fiscal health. It's greatly in need of focus and work and also on my own health."

Former U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie, who may be running for governor: "To end my unemployment."

Senate President Richard J. Codey (D., Essex): "Not to look at my monthly statements from my stock broker."

Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R., Morris): "To leave my new granddaughter, Cecilia Claire, a happier, healthier, and more peaceful world."

Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts Jr. (D., Camden): "Exercise more. I'm good for about 30 days."

Senator Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester): "To try to live a healthier life."

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