Dems speak out ahead of Gov. Christie's State of the State message.
Democrats who lead the New Jersey Senate say the state is suffering from decades-high unemployment, housing foreclosures and a flimsier safety net for people living in poverty.
The Democrats' assessment of issues facing New Jersey comes the day before Gov. Chris Christie delivers his annual State of the State message.
Christie's address will focus on the destruction brought on by Hurricane Sandy and the efforts to rebuild after the state's worst natural disaster.
Democrats, however, blame the Republican administration for failing to create jobs or rescue more homeowners from foreclosure. They say the state's fiscal problems predate the Oct. 29 hurricane, though the superstorm may make them worse.