Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Last year, for the first time in its history New Jersey elected a Lt. Governor. The new office was created because of the state's history with State Senate Presidents serving lenghy tours as acting Governors. The idea was to make sure a second-in-command was always readily available.

This Sunday into Monday a severe coastal storm dumped upwards of two feet of snow in parts of the Garden State. Some motorists were stranded for more than half a day in 5-feet-plus snow drifts. Not only is Governor Chris Christie on vacation out of state, so is Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. Senate President Steve Sweeney is serving as acting Governor until tomorrow night.

Several key Democrats (Sweeney is not among them) have been complaining that Christie and Guadagno both knew the storm was coming, but decided to leave anyway. Does it really make a difference?

In his political style Christie has been likened to a bulldozer, but he's not an actual bulldozer that can help remove snow from highways that are blocked by abandoned cars. It's almost 2011 and we have just about every means available in terms of making sure the lines of communication are open so does it matter that the Governor is not physically here?

Sweeney says every available DOT worker was out, a State of Emergency was declared and the National Guard helped with equipment. How would things have been different or better if Christie or Guadagno were here?

If you are looking for some ironic twist for Christie consider this; at 7:30 this morning it was 34 degrees in Trenton, NJ. The Governor is vacationing with his family at Disney World. At 7:30 this morning it was 29 degrees in Orlando.

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