It seems that Lieutenant Governor candidate Kim Guadagno has picked up the Christie campaign tactic of just making things up it appears rather well. First we got this explanation as to why her son isn’t going to attend college in New Jersey:
During a round table discussion with Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Christie and a group of parents, Guadagno said that her 16-year old son will be looking at colleges this summer with his father and he would not be looking in New Jersey. Her comment reiterated a key Christie/Guadagno campaign argument on higher education, saying that Gov. Jon Corzine has made public higher education more expensive in New Jersey.
“I have a 16-year old going around to colleges this year and we are not visiting a single college in New Jersey,” she said. “That should be shameful on the current administration.”
So while she was on talking point during the roundtable, she veered off script undermining the prior message and reasoning at a press conference following the event:
During a press conference following the event, Guadagno, the Monmouth County sheriff and former federal prosecutor, offered specfic reasons for her son’s decision to look at schools outside New Jersey, that did not implicate the Corzine Administration.
During the press conference, Guadagno said her son, who is currently enrolled in a Navy Junior ROTC program in Monmouth County has been looking at colleges with a Navy ROTC program. There are no colleges with such a program in New Jersey.
Let me be clear, I admire her son and her family for their service and desire to join the Navy ROTC. But the cost of colleges in NJ has nothing to do with whether they offer a program her son wants. Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good campaign message has been the Christie motto. She picked that one up real fast and was doing great, until the real reasoning just slipped out.