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Christie to be sworn in as NJ’s 55th Governor

Chris Christie will take the oath of office as New Jersey’s 55th Governor just before noon today. Joining him will be our first ever Lieutenant Governor taking office as Kim Guadagno will be sworn in as well.

Christie will be the first Republican Goverrnor to lead the state since Don DiFrancesco left office 8 years ago.

You can watch the inauguration streaming live for the new Governor at NJN.net. Here’s what the schedule looks like:

Inaugural Mass – 8 am

Governor-elect Chris Christie’s Inauguration Day schedule begins with a morning Mass at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, headquarters of the Newark Archdiocese. NJN News will present live coverage of the Mass and the swearing in ceremony later in the day.

Inaugural Ceremony – 11:30 am

NJN presents live coverage of the Inaugural Ceremony for Chris Christie who will become the 55th Governor of the State of New Jersey. Governor Christie’s inaugural theme is: “Rebuilding New Jersey Together: Pride through Service and Community.” The ceremony will take place at the Trenton War Memorial.

Something has been cut out of the schedule this year:

In a departure from tradition, Christie and outgoing Governor Corzine will not make the traditional walk from the State House to the War Memorial for the ceremony.

“We structured the inauguration in a way that would permit us to have a great day and permit everyone else to enjoy the day the way they wanted to enjoy it,” Christie said.

The day will close with an inaugural reception at the Prudential Center in Newark. I wish the new Governor and Lieutenant Governor the best of luck. We have many difficult challenges facing our state and while we have been very critical here at Blue Jersey, I would love to see them prove us wrong. What are your feelings today as Governor Corzine departs and Governor Christie assumes the role leading our state?

Overwhelming Demand for Inaugural tickets

This is great to see:

Obama’s election set off an instant desire to see his inauguration — just over 10 weeks away — and then frenetic efforts last week to be present for what will be a milestone in American history.

Members of Congress, who will distribute tickets, were swamped with requests. The office of Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) was “deluged.” The switchboard in the office of Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) was “overwhelmed.” Staff workers for Rep. Donald M. Payne (D-N.J.) logged more than 2,000 ticket requests in three days. The office of Del. Eleanor Homes Norton (D-D.C.) got so many calls that they had to stop taking requests.

Here is information about the ticketing process:

Tickets to inaugural events are free of charge and distributed through members of the incoming Congress. The ceremonies are coordinated by different committees, and the tickets to the events are distributed differently. Events include a morning worship service, a procession to the Capitol, a swearing-in ceremony, an address, a parade and balls.

Along with the difficulty in finding lodging, those planning to attend also have to be wary of counterfeit tickets:

“Any website or ticket broker claiming that they have inaugural tickets is simply not telling the truth,” Howard Gantman, staff director for the committee, said in a release. “Tickets for the swearing-in of President-elect are all provided through members of Congress, and the President-elect and Vice President-elect through the Presidential Inaugural Committee. We urge the public to view any offers of tickets for sale with great skepticism.”

It is an exciting time in our country’s history.  Just make sure that if you are trying to be there as it happens, you don’t get taken advantage of in the process.