Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Gov. Chris Christie split on gas tax measure

Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has come out against a measure Republican Gov. Chris Christie supports to ask voters to approve dedicating gas tax proceeds exclusively to transportation projects.



In a rare public disagreement, Guadagno said on New Jersey 101.5 FM Thursday that she opposes the ballot question.



Christie spokesman Brian Murray says the governor backs the question and that there must be a misunderstanding.



"The governor finds it hard to believe that the lieutenant governor supports giving an unguarded pot of money to the Democrat-controlled Legislature, rather than on needed infrastructure projects," Murray said in a statement.



Lt. Gov. Guadagno says the question misleads voters because legislation setting up the transportation trust fund requires $12 billion in borrowing contingent upon approval of public question 2. But the question doesn't explicitly ask voters to authorize borrowing.



New Jersey began requiring that voters approve borrowing in 2008.



Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto says Guadagno has a "total misunderstanding" of the question. He didn't address the issue of borrowing.



The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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