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Monday
Dec272010

The Politics of Snow

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TRENTON, N.J.) In New Jersey, where a post-Christmas blizzard dumped as much as 30 inches of snow in some parts of the state, the website PolitickerNJ reports that “some lawmakers Monday were grumbling” that Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, as well as Lt. Gov Kim Guadagno, also a Republican, “were on vacation at the same time,” leaving state Senate President Steve Sweeney -- a Democrat -- as the state’s acting governor.

State Sen. Ray Lesniak, Democrat, chided the two for not better coordinating their calendars, noting that state Office of Emergency Management officials “aren’t allowed to go on vacation at the same time.”

Lesniak then took the opportunity to slam Guadagno.  “I supported the creation of a Lt. Gov.,” said Lesniak. “That was a mistake. We clearly don’t need one.”

In 2005, New Jersey voted to change the state’s constitution so that a Lt. Governor would be elected on a ticket with the Governor.  Before 2005, the state Senate president, often someone from another party, was next in succession.

Even so, it’s not clear that voters are going to begrudge Christie or Guadagno for taking an out of state holiday vacation. In fact, it’s usually mayors, not governors, who take the blame or get the credit for dealing with snow removal. Just ask any mayor of Chicago or D.C. about that.

Moreover, Sweeney told Newark's Star-Ledger earlier this week that while “whoever did the scheduling had a heart attack,” when they discovered that one of the Governor’s biggest foes would be in charge of the state for a few days, he wouldn’t abuse his position as acting governor.

“I wouldn’t do that to him,” Sweeney said. “The guy is going on vacation with his family, and I’m not going to ruin it by creating mischief. The governor’s office is something that people shouldn’t think is a toy. It’s a serious responsibility.”

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