Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno at odds with Gov. Chris Christie on several issues
New Jersey's first lieutenant governor has publicly opposed Gov. Chris Christie on several topics recently.
From Donald Trump to the gas tax increase bill, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is showing that she is her own person, with beliefs separate from those of the governor.
The first public rift came after Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, came under fire for comments he made in 2005 that some believed were derogatory toward women.
Gov. Christie, a major Trump supporter, denounced the comments, but stood by him. Lt. Gov. Guadagno did not.
"There comes a time when you say, 'I'm done,' and that's what I said," she says.
Guadagno says while she can't support Democrat Hillary Clinton, she won't vote for Trump. But she says that she will still vote for somebody for president.
"When I get into that ballot box, I'm going to make that decision and I think it's going to be a very, very personal decision to me," Guadagno says.
Guadagno's break from Christie went a step further this week when she told the public to vote against Public Question No. 2, the question related to the gas tax increase measure. She says that she supports keeping the gas tax money for roads and bridges, but doesn't like that it would allow for extra borrowing.
"You'll find $12 billion worth of debt that isn't disclosed anywhere on that ballot question," Guadagno says. "It's misleading on the verge of being deceptive."
Guadagno would not tell News 12 New Jersey if she had spoken with the governor since denouncing Public Question No. 2.
The lieutenant governor says that she was not aware of a perceived "stressful relationship" between her and the governor, which was depicted during testimony in the Bridge-Gate trial.
Some witnesses testified that Guadagno was "put in a box and wasn't permitted to do a whole lot."
"My job was to create jobs in New Jersey and I've never had a problem doing my job," she says.
Guadagno says that she has not ruled out running for governor in 2017, but says she needs to discuss it with her family before making any decisions.