Monday marks 100 days since Gov. Pat McCrory took office.
Eyewitness News caught up with McCrory while he met with a small group of Republicans and Democrats for breakfast inside the Governor's Mansion for a chance to hear what's important to them.
McCrory took Eyewitness News anchor Blair Miller along as he left the residence and walked to his office.
“I tell you, what I enjoy most is the walk to and from work every morning,” McCrory said.
“How often do you do this?” Miller asked.
“Every day,” McCrory said. “I think I've missed three days of walking.”
No governor has done that until now. Most use state troopers to drive them to the office three blocks away.
Already, McCrory has faced challenges and criticism. He said the biggest was deciding to cut unemployment benefits.
“That upset a lot of people,” Miller said.
“It did. It upset a lot of people, and a tough argument was made on both sides,” McCrory said.
As he arrived at his office at the State Capitol building, McCrory invited Eyewitness News to sit in on a closed-door meeting with members of his cabinet and staff.
With subtle reminders of Charlotte hanging on the walls, McCrory uses an iPad to do much of his work, research and keeping up to date on the headlines, including the recent surprise announcement from Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx when he said he was not running for re-election.
“I empathize with Mayor Foxx because I went through the same decision-making process seven times,” McCrory said.
“What if he is to run against you as governor?” Miller asked.
“I don't think about those kind of things. My focus isn't on politics right now. It's on the economy, education and efficiency of government,” McCrory said.
He said at 100 days, he still can't believe the amount of waste and the breakdown in communication at the state government level.
“I remember when you were mayor, you would say at certain times when you got frustrated, ‘Raleigh doesn't get us here in Charlotte,’” Miller said.
“Yeah,” McCrory said.
“We have you as governor, Thom Tillis as speaker in the House. But you still have people back in Charlotte who will say, ‘Raleigh doesn't get Charlotte,’” Miller said.
“Yeah, I think that's still true in some regards. Not only doesn't get Charlotte, but doesn't get the smallest town in North Carolina,” McCrory said.