Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno missed Gov. Christopher Christie’s address to the Legislature: she’s on vacation in Colorado skiing with her family. Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange) is presiding over her second joint session, and for the second time she mispronounced Gloucester, the home county of Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford). Sweeney introduced Christie, albeit about 60 seconds earlier; the governor had not yet arrived at the Assembly chambers.
Two of New Jersey’s thirteen Congressmen were in Trenton for Christie’s speech: Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) and Leonard Lance (R-Clinton).
State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Red Bank) is the winner of the Larry Chatzidakis Award, named for the Burlington County GOP Assemblyman who lost his seat after he declined to skip a vacation to Greece to vote on the budget while the state government was shut down in 2006. Beck is vacationing in Puerto Vallerta.