New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in the nation's capital Monday morning to talk about "the New Jersey approach" to getting things done in government.
Christie told an audience at the Brookings Institute that government can work for its citizens if top executives like him are willing to do some heavy lifting.
He pointed to partisan gridlock that's seized Washington by noting that he's worked with Democrats to cap property tax increases and revamp teacher tenure rules.
Democrat Lou Greenwald, the Assembly majority leader, says Christie is auditioning for a speaking role at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
Christie embarked on a national media tour after signing the state budget June 29.
The first-term Republican says leadership means not sugar-coating problems or being too concerned about winning re-election.