NEWARK – State Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Middletown) appears onstage here before a big arena crowd, in party to take a bow as chairman of the Christie campaign, and in part to introduce Lieutenant Gov. Kim Guadagno.
“They said it couldn’t be done,” Kyrillos roars to surging applause. “They said we couldn’t elect a tax cutting pro growth governor, but today, Chris Christie is the 55th governor of New Jersey.”
“Chris Christie has already begun the transformation,” says the state senator and longtime Christie confidante who tests the title “Gov. Chris” in front of a receptive crowd.
Now Guadagno grips the podium behind a big gold seal of New Jersey.
“How many women can say it took an act of the Supreme Court to let their husbands take them to dinner,” says the lieutenant governor, in acknowledgement of the onstage presence of her husband, a superior court judge.
There are some laughs. Cheers.
“I understand more than anyone the gifts I have been given,” says Guadagno, slightly mangling a line but landing with the observation, “I owe all of those gifts to the next governor of New Jersey. I pledge to give you (Christie) an honest, full day’s work every day for the next four years.”
She hits the corruption busting prosecutor line that won her applause on the trail and some whoops go up to the rafters again here when she reminds the crowd that she and Christie arte two tough former prosecutors.