Christie’s Lieutenant Governor Slams Trump Over ‘Degrading’ Women Comments
While Gov. Chris Christie was spending Saturday helping Donald Trump prepare for his Sunday night debate against Hillary Clinton, Christie's second-in-command was on Twitter denouncing what her party's presidential nominee had said.
"No apology can excuse away Mr. Trump's reprehensible comments degrading women. We're raising my 3 boys to be better than that," Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno said.
Guadagno was responding to vulgar comments made by Trump in 2005 on a video released this week by The Washington Post. In the video — which you can watch at the bottom of this story — Trump, talks about seducing women, explaining to "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush that when "you're a star," you can do anything you want" to a woman, including "grab them by the pussy."
Clinton on Twitter called the remarks "horrific."
But Republicans also heaped scorn onto their standard bearer.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and his state's Republican congressman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, retracted their endorsements of Trump.
Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colorado, called on Trump to step down from the ticket.
The comments also were denounced by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Even Trumps' vice presidential running mate chimed in.
Christie, on the other hand, had not made a statement about the latest in a long line of Trump comments that have sparked outrage.
Trump did issue an apology and used the opportunity to criticize his opponent and her husband, saying former president "Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims. We will discuss this more in the coming days."
It is unusual for Guadagno to make political statements at odds with Christie. Political observers believe the Monmouth County Republican is angling to replace Christie.
And she wouldn't be the only Republican running for governor in New Jersey to distance themselves from Trump.
Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, who announced his candidacy this week from his home county of Somerset, back in December called Trump a "charlatan" and a national embarrassment.
In March, the conservative lawmaker suggested Christie should resign if he were to continue to spend "significant" time campaigning outside New Jersey for Trump.
On the Democratic side, gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy called on Christie to rescind his endorsement of Trump following the video release.
"To remain with Trump now is nothing less than a tacit endorsement of his disgusting misogyny," Murphy, who has previously called for Christie to resign, said in a statement Satruday. "Our state can no longer be tainted by Christie's affiliation with, and blind support for, the national embarrassment that is Trump."
Guadagno was elected with Christie in 2009, becoming the state's first lieutenant governor. In that position, she presides over the Department of State, which oversees elections, and serves as a sort of an anti-red tape czar promoting the state for business investment.
Guadagno has been criticized for rarely taking questions from the press. She appears regularly, however, on New Jersey 101.5 host Bill Spadea's morning program, taking questions from callers who've run into problems with government bureaucracy.
Her Saturday tweet was in reply to a question posed by Daily Journal and Courier-Post editor Jason Alt.