Deflecting Criticism, Christie Says NJ Comeback 'Has Begun'

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Monday batted down criticism from Democrats who've raised alarms about the rise in unemployment and decline of tax revenue in the state. 

Speaking at Asbury Park on Monday, Christie says the economic recovery may be rocky, but he has no doubt it will continue.

"I've said that the New Jersey comeback has begun,” he said. “Not that the New Jersey comeback has arrived.”

The sour economic indicators come on the eve of Christie's keynote address next week at the GOP National Convention in Tampa. 

The governor says the state's economy would be helped by an immediate round of tax cuts.