Are Republican insiders abandoning Guadagno?

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Top Republicans may leave Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno high and dry as New Jersey’s GOP gubernatorial candidate battles to defeat a Wall Street millionaire who garnered less than half the Democratic primary vote after out-spending his closest challengers more than two to one.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) is planning to withhold support from Guadagno because she has been critical of President Trump, according to several reports published Wednesday. The Republican Governors Association, a group that only exists to elect GOP governors, also does not plan to spend much money in New Jersey.

Still other Republican insiders are said to be disturbed that Guadagno chided Gov. Chris Christie for lounging on a beach that was closed to the public during the recent government shutdown.

Guadagno, currently the lieutenant governor, is doubted by some party insiders because of her criticism of Trump or poor results in early polling.

An RNC insider said Trump “is unhappy with anyone who neglected him in his hour of need,” referring to Guadagno’s public disavowal of his presidential candidacy last fall after the video that showed him bragging about sexually assaulting women.

“No apology can excuse away Mr. Trump’s reprehensible comments degrading women,” said Guadagno in a post on Twitter after his lewd comments from an Access Hollywood recording were broadcast last October. “We’re raising my 3 boys to be better than that.”

“Christie was not as stalwart as some people in the party, but at least he didn’t go against him the way she did,” the RNC insider said.

Former New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman said national party was “reluctant to back the campaign in the way one would have expected,” suggesting that since Guadagno was “not a Trump supporter” so she should not expect much money.

Guadagno, who has been trailing in recent polls, also won’t be getting much help from some of Christie’s top fundraisers, who reportedly are sitting out the race because she criticized him for sitting on a beach that was closed to the public during the state shutdown.

“If I were governor, I sure wouldn’t be sitting on the beach if taxpayers didn’t have access to state beaches. It’s beyond words,” Guadagno said in a Facebook post after photos appeared showing Christie and his friends on a desolate beach that was closed to everyone else while lawmakers and the governor haggled over the state budget.

 


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