ICYMI: Lt. Gov. Guadagno, Christie's #2

In case you missed it, this story appeared in the Irene-soaked editions of Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Army officer escorting New Jersey's lieutenant governor through a new facility for homeless veterans last week stopped to point out that the American Legion had raised $160,000 for the furniture.

"If we had bought it with state dollars," Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth said, pointing at a table, "it would be a carton."

"No," the lieutenant governor retorted, if the facility had relied on state dollars, "you wouldn't have it" at all.

The joke, with a dose of trash talk and wallop of fiscal conservatism, signaled what Gov. Christie likely already knows: His No. 2, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, is a chip off the old block.

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And that's it for me for the week. As Gov. Christie surveys post-Irene damage, check Philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/ for the latest. I'll be back on the Christie trail after Labor Day.

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