It's not the snow ….

The governor is getting some unwelcome national press about being in Disney-World while a blizzard hit New Jersey. That, in my mind, is NOT the issue. As we said yesterday, the issue is, Why is Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno out of state at the same time?

That just looks bad. It bears repeating — her only job as Lt. Governor is to step in when the governor is away. Someone here was not thinking clearly.

Why is she away at the same time as the governor?


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

23 Responses to It's not the snow ….

  1. Kevin Nedd says:


    You are asking the wrong question. Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno was already in Mexico when Christie left for FL this past Sunday. The question you and others should ask is why did Christie leave the state on Sunday, with a pending blizzard, knowing his back-up was already out of the country, let alone out of the state?

    Whatever the answer, it speaks of pure negligence on the part of Chris Christie.

  2. Ted Doty says:

    This an embarrassment; the state’s chief executive can’t coordinate a vacation schedule with his lt governor.

    Snooki and the organized crime stenotype used to give the state a bad name but they now should step aside and make way for the fallen rock star governor

  3. P says:

    “Negligence!” Now that’s pretty rich. Any other crimes you want to charge him with?

  4. P says:

    P.S. Mayor Bloomberg stuck around and NYC doesn’t seem to be any better off because of it –

  5. Kevin Nedd says:


    Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care. The doing of something which a reasonably prudent person would not do, or the failure to do something which a reasonably prudent person would do under like circumstances. A departure from what an ordinary reasonable member of the community would do in the same communit

    I said the Governor’s decision to leave the state with a pending storm and his backup out of the country was negligent. I did not say he committed a crime. .

  6. Ted Doty says:

    Pbrain, you can’t really think that Christie’s absence during a state of emergency is excused by the fact that NYC streets aren’t plowed.

  7. P says:

    Thanks for posting that info from the Dictionary. Unless Christie took the keys to all the snow plows and sand spreaders with him, going on vacation wasn’t negligent. It really falls into the category of “Not too smart politically.”

    On the other hand, telling the wife and kids that they’re going to miss out on their Disney vacation so dad can stick around and watch the snow fall would be familial suicide.

  8. P says:

    P.S. How come the DR still can’t deliver papers? Although getting to read the paper for free every day online is a bonus –

  9. P says:

    Question – Was Thomas Lotito’s letter that GOOD that you ran it TWICE, or was Ted’s letter so BAD that you were willing to run anything else to fill the space?

  10. Kevin Nedd says:

    The governors actions fit the definition. Keep dancing!

  11. Ted Doty says:

    Pbrain, Pbrain, Pbrain The issue isn’t snowplow keys, spoiling a family vacation or even a snow emergency. scheduling is.

  12. P says:

    It appears that the state government is still functioning, even in the midst of a blizzard –

    Maybe this “good news” from the superintendent salary front will mollify Ted a bit.

    Nedd just hates “All Things Christie,” so nothing short of a resignation, followed by a public flogging and then death by firing squad would make him happy.

  13. Kevin Nedd says:


    Totally wrong. I respect the will of the people and want to see the Governor finish his term. I simply don’t want to see him reelected. Based on Christie’s latest polling, the number of folks who feel the same is growing each day.

  14. Kevin Nedd says:


    While you may want to make light of the situation, this is a big deal politically. Why else would RCP be posting links on the story?

  15. Ed France says:

    Well 24 seven, there are supervisors all over the place that are paid many dollars to run the State of New Jersey.
    There are always mangaers in charge. I am sure the people that were away could always be reached by way of email or cell phone. Also texting etc.
    In 2010 communication is done by these means. I like the old school way but the world is changeing.

  16. P says:

    You must be looking at a different RCP –

    P.S. Next time, look up the word “Hyperbole.”

  17. Kevin Nedd says:


    Scroll down to the RCP afternoon update where you will find a story by J. Tobin of Contentions, titled ‘Christie Makes His First Mistake’. Try reading before you respond next time.

  18. Ted Doty says:

    This is not about communication technology, opinion polls or “no harm,. no foul arguments.

  19. P says:

    Try coming up with a real issue before you pretend that one (1) blogger is 1.) a BIG DEAL; and 2.) and I quote “RCP . . . posting links” one story equals links.

    The way you breathless posted your comment, I had assumed that the front page was flooded with links to stories about Christie’s “malfeasance.” I had to do a search of the site to even find this one puny “blog entry.” It definitely ranks up there with Bush & Katrina! Thanks for alerting us to the “news.”

    If you want to see what a real pummeling looks like, just Google “Bloomberg” and “Snow Storm.”

    P.S. For the truly clueless, consult your dictionary entry for HYPERBOLE.

  20. Kevin Nedd says:

    “I had assumed…”

    That was your first mistake.

    Here is what First Read and the state’s largest newspaper had to say about your friend:

  21. P says:

    Ooooohh an MSNBC Blog!, and one from the bowels of the SL’s “NJ Voices,” whatever that is.

    P.S. You are missing what might be the real story – “Budget Cuts Killed” the Plowing. Try reading the Front Page of the paper, not some obscure bloggers. It’s much more likely to set public opinion than your “credible” sources.

  22. P says:

    P.P.S. Here’s another “obscure” news outlet’s take on why there have been problems in NYC with clearing the snow –

    In a recession, the people find out how badly the politicians have redirected their hard earned tax dollars from essential services to entitlements & social services.

  23. P says:

    The FINAL WORD from someone in the Know (as opposed to someone who always says “no” about anything Christie),

    HAPPY NEW YEAR . . . 365 days for Christie to pound on the Dems and the state and local public sector unions!

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