EDISON - Gov. Chris Christie is set to provide a roadmap for New Jersey's recovery after Hurricane Sandy in his State of the State message.

The governor's address today will focus almost exclusively on how to rebuild after the state's worst natural disaster. Christie says recovering from Sandy will supersede other priorities he had hoped to address in the final year of his first term.

The powerful storm devastated the state with high winds and storm surges that caused $36.9 billion in damages and mitigation costs.

Sen. Stephen Sweeney, the Democratic leader of the Senate, says Christie may have "prayed" for Hurricane Sandy to hit because it has given him cover for failed economic policies. Republicans call Sweeney's comment "way out of line." Sweeney says Christie will benefit because of jobs created by the rebuilding effort.

News 12 New Jersey will have live coverage of the State of the State speech on-air and here on News12.com starting at 2 p.m.