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Guadagno Launches Run for Governor, Gives Christie the Jersey Swerve

The lieutenant governor, who hopes to succeed her unpopular boss, did not mention him directly but criticized him implicitly

Kim Guadagno, New Jersey’s first-ever lieutenant governor, formally announced that she will run for governor at a crowded La Playa restaurant in Keansburg on Tuesday.

The Republican talked about the need for thrift and how she will work on pensions, foreclosures, poverty, and on lowering taxes. “Some of the candidates for governor have already promised to raise your taxes on the most taxed people in the country. We can do better,” she said.

What Gaudagno did not talk about — at least by name — was her boss, Gov. Chris Christie. However, she criticized his plan for a $300 million renovation of the State House. “We simply do not have the money to turn the State House into the Palace of Versailles,” she said. She also gave a thumbs-down to the Hudson-Bergen light rail project that Christie supports.

Some might even see a dig at the governor — for his travels around the country in search of the Republican presidential nomination last year — in Guadagno’s statement that “You want your governor to be committed to making New Jersey a place for families, who strives to do better, who answers the phone, who is there in a crisis, who walks in your shoes, who cares fearlessly and without exception about you and only you.”

Read the full story on NJTV News Online, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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