The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey
is a position that has existed since January 2010, following conjoint election with the Governor of New Jersey
. The position was created as the result of a Constitutional amendment
to the New Jersey State Constitution
passed by the voters on November 8, 2005. While the amendment itself took effect as of January 17, 2006, and made some interim changes to the succession to the governorship, the first lieutenant governor
was not elected until November 3, 2009, when Republican Kim Guadagno
was chosen by the voters as the running-mate of Chris Christie
Prior to the creation of the Lieutenant Governor's office, the Governor of New Jersey was the only state-wide (non-federal
) elected office in the state. Thus, unlike many other states that have elections for cabinet
-level positions, the New Jersey State Constitution allows the governor to appoint them. In the event of a gubernatorial vacancy, the New Jersey
Constitution had specified that the President of the New Jersey Senate
(followed by the Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly
) would assume the role of Acting Governor and retain their powerful role in the Senate (or Assembly). An Acting Governor would then assume the powerful governorship while retaining the reins of power in their house of the legislature.
This situation has occurred twice in recent years: when Christine Todd Whitman
stepped down in 2001 to assume the position of administrator of the Environmental......