Republican Christopher Christie became the first candidate for Governor to announce his running mate, announcing his choice of Monmouth County Sheriff Kimberly Guadagno while Gov. Jon Corzine continues to search for a Lt. Governor candidate.
Some Democrats thought Corzine would make a pick before President Barack Obama's trip to New Jersey last Thursday, but Corzine has still not settled on a running mate. For a time, sources say, the governor had made up his mind: Reality TV star Randal Pinkett, an African American entrepreneur and Rhodes Scholar. But over the last few days, Pinkett's political stock has plummeted amidst criticism from several party leaders. He went from being a front runner to a long shot and political joke in just a few days.
Now Christie, the former U.S. Attorney, gets to look decisive with his pick of Guadagno will Corzine is still vetting potential running mates and considering new names.
State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) has been the front runner since last Thursday. Corzine is reportedly taking a look at Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo and Passaic County Freeholder Tahesha Way.