On NJTV tonight the fast-talking Mike DuHaime, Gov. Christie’s long-time lead political advisor, let the cat out of the bag. He said Gov. Christie had decided that Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno would run as his Lt. Governor in the upcoming election.
Looming over Kim Guadagno, as reported by the investigative site Watchdog.com, is a $245,000 pension controversy for which the Pension Board requested a criminal investigation. Watchdog.com recently announced it has won another battle in its fight for public records detailing Guadagno’s involvement in the alleged scandal. This matter has been percolating for three years and might come to roost in 2013 with unforeseen consequences for the Lt. Governor.
The stakes are high because whoever is serving as the Lt. Governor in a second Christie term would assume the governorship were Christie to resign mid-term, and would likely be a strong contender in the 2017 Republican gubernatorial race. Charles Stile in a column last weekend, when speculation was running high about a possible replacement, mentioned seven individuals whom Christie might select to be his running mate. They were all as well or better qualified to assume the governorship.
Of course, whether Governor Christie will succeed in being re-elected is still to be determined. Nonetheless, he is sticking with Kim Guadagno. What do you think of his move?