Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno running to replace Gov. Christie

New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has entered the race to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno running to replace Gov. Christie

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno running to replace Gov. Christie (1/12/17)

TRENTON - Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has entered the race to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Election Law Enforcement Commission spokesman Scott Miccio said that Guadagno  filed paperwork with the state Thursday to run in the Republican primary.

Guadagno is the state's first lieutenant governor and was elected with Christie in 2009 and re-elected in 2013.

Among her top duties over the last seven years has been working with businesses to stay in New Jersey and acting as governor while Christie traveled out of state. She's well known in the state's business community for her accessibility, regularly handing out her cellphone number.

Guadagno is an attorney who served as a federal prosecutor in New York and later moved to New Jersey where she served as Monmouth County sheriff.

The primary is June 6.

The Associated Press wire services helped contribute to this report.

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