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Lt. Gov. of NJ also named Sec. of State

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

New Jersey’s first Lieutenant Governor will also be asked to handle a second job.


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Governor-elect Chris Christie has selected Kim Guadagno to be New Jersey’s Secretary of State.

Guadagno says her salary for performing that job in addition to her Lieutenant Governor duties will be $141,000 a year, the same as any other cabinet position.

Guadagno: Which is the beauty of it. You don’t have to have two salaries. One for Lieutenant Governor and other for the Secretary of State. It’s just the one salary. I’ve been doing two jobs for one salary for many, many years.

Guadagno’s appointment to the cabinet position does not need Senate confirmation.

The Secretary of State oversees arts, cultural programs, and tourism as well as the Division of Elections. Democratic State Chairman Joe Cryan questions whether someone who might run for office again should oversee elections, but Christie says there is no conflict.


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