NJ Politics Digest: Christie Rains on Guadagno’s Running Mate Parade

Kim Guadagno and Chris Christie. Observer

It was a big day for Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the Republican nominee for governor, as she announced Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo as her running mate.

But Gov. Chris Christie threw cold water on the announcement Thursday at a nearly simultaneous news conference.

“Running mates don’t matter,” Christie said.

Christie said he didn’t really know Rendo — he only met him “I think twice” — but suggested adding a mayor to Guadagno’s ticket would fit in nicely with her campaign pledge to reign in property taxes. Other than that, the governor shrugged off news of who Guadagno and Murphy chose as their running mates.

“No one is going to vote for Phil Murphy because he picked Sheila Oliver, except for Sheila Oliver and her family,” Christie said. “And no one is voting for Kim Guadagno because she apparently has picked Mayor Rendo.”

And the Republican Governors Association, which could spend some money to help Guadagno out, “could care less” whom she picked, the governor said.

Quote of the Day: “You just make shit up.” – Christie attacking a reporter at a news conference.

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