Some days I’m just happy Star-Ledger exists if only to transcribe conversations between governors emeritus Tom Kean & Brendan Byrne. As very often happens, Gov. Byrne makes the slapshot:
Q: Gov. Christie and Lt. Gov. Guadagno were both out of state when the blizzard hit this week. Should an effort be made to have at least one of our executives in-state at all times?
BYRNE: I never thought we needed a lieutenant governor, but we’ve got one, so we have to live with it. And maybe living with it means we need to anticipate what’s coming up. Still, (then-Acting Gov. Stephen) Sweeney has done a masterful job.
KEAN: Luckily, we had no big problems as a result of the storm. But, like any corporation, either our No. 1 or No. 2 person should always be on duty.
BYRNE: I think 30 inches of snow is a big problem.
KEAN: I meant we didn’t have any major problems beyond the snow. … nothing that would have required the presence of the governor.
BYRNE: Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?