McCrory says he's ready to take on the challenges of leading NC

by: Jim Bradley Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

Governor-elect Pat McCrory said he's ready to take on the challenges of leading North Carolina.

He spent Tuesday evening at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in uptown Charlotte shaking hands and speaking to businessmen at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner.

He also sat down for a one-on-one interview with Eyewitness News where he talked about his goals when he is sworn in in just over a month.

"I don't anticipate a smooth ride," McCrory said, "especially with the serious problems that we have."

McCrory, who was Charlotte's mayor for 14 years, says he has intentionally made no promises of special treatment for Charlotte.

He says, though, that his plan to build the economy through tax reform, infrastructure improvements and a more efficient education system should create jobs that will help Charlotte and all of North Carolina.

He says while he expects the state budget to remain revenue neutral, some programs could face cuts.

"I'm going to have to move spending within the silos, McCrory said, "and move it to areas where there's greater need and take it from areas that have less need."

McCrory says he hopes to announce more specifics for both his economic plan soon.

"I've got 11 groups working on specific policy issues, operational issues, looking for talent.

We're going to start seeing announcements in the next two weeks," he said.

The governor-elect also says he's still working on his swearing in and inauguration events which will span two weekends.

He promises it won't cost taxpayers any extra money.

The state legislature allocated money for the inauguration and other groups, like the Junior League of NC will assume the cost of the inaugural ball.