Christopher J. Christie, a 47-year-old former federal prosecutor, will take the oath at noon today as the 55th governor of New Jersey. He succeeds Democrat Jon S. Corzine, who lost his bid for re-election to Christie by a 49%-45% margin. Christie, a former Morris County Freeholder who made a name as a corruption-busting U.S. Attorney from 2002 to 2008, becomes the first Republican governor since Donald DiFrancesco left office eight years ago.
Kimberly McFadden Guadagno will also be sworn in as New Jersey’s first Lt. Governor. The 50-year-old Monmouth County Sheriff will also serve as Secretary of State. Guadagno ran in a ticket with Christie.
Today marks a return to state government for Richard Bagger, a former State Senator and Assemblyman who will serve as Christie’s Chief of Staff.
New Jersey Network (NJN) will carry the inauguration of the new governor live.