During his highly anticipated State of the State address, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie acknowledged that "mistakes were clearly made" in the way his staff members handled the bridge controversy.

"The last week has certainly tested this administration. Mistakes were clearly made. And as a result, we let down the people we are entrusted to serve," Christie said. "I know our citizens deserve better. Much better."

Christie repeated that he was "ultimately responsible" for what happened and would "cooperate with all appropriate inquiries" before moving on to the rest of his address.

But Christie signaled that he was ready to put the scandal behind hi, so he could continue serving the people of New Jersey.

"But I also want to assure the people of New Jersey today that what has occurred does not define us or our state," he said. "This administration and this legislature will not allow the work that needs to be done to improve the people’s lives in New Jersey to be delayed."