Christie gives State of the State speech

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will address the growing controversy surrounding last year's lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in his State of the State address Tuesday afternoon.

An aide to the governor said the controversy won't be a central focus of the speech, but that Christie will comment on it.

“He’ll acknowledge it, but make it clear that it won’t overshadow the bipartisan results of the last four years, nor will it stand in the way of the big things he intends to accomplish moving forward,” the aide told The Hill.

The speech comes at a critical moment for Christie, who is facing a scandal that threatens his 2016 presidential prospects. Tuesday's speech offers an opportunity to refocus on his work as governor.

Christie plans to outline his vision for school reform and a property tax relief initiative, among other priorities for his second term as governor.

According to excerpts from the speech, Christie will stress the bipartisan nature of his first-term accomplishments.