The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is an elected constitutional
officer in the executive branch of the state government of New Jersey in
the United States. The person elected to this position is the second
highest-ranking official in the state government. Before 2010, New
Jersey was one of a few U.S. states that did not have a lieutenant
governor. Two men were appointed to the office during brief periods in
New Jersey's colonial era (1664–1776), but for most the state's
history, the senate president would become "acting governor" during
vacancies in the governor's office. After the resignations of Governors
Christine Todd Whitman in 2001 and Jim McGreevey in 2004, the state had
several acting governors in the span of a few years. Popular sentiment
and political pressure from the state's residents and news media outlets
sought a better rule for gubernatorial succession. In a referendum, the
state's voters authorized a 2006 amendment of the State Constitution to
create the position. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, voters elected
Republican Kim Guadagno (pictured) to be the first to serve in the post
in its modern form.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lieutenant_Governor_of_New_Jersey>
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Felix Manz, and George Blaurock re-baptized each other and other
followers in Zürich, Switzerland, believing that the Christian
religious practice of infant baptism is invalid because a child cannot
commit to a religious faith.
Raymond Poincaré (pictured), who would pursue hardline anti-
German policies, began his first term as Prime Minister of France.
Vietnam War: The Vietnam People's Army attacked Khe Sanh Combat
Base, a U.S. Marines outpost in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam,
starting the Battle of Khe Sanh.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 395–28 to reprimand
Newt Gingrich for ethics violations, making him the first Speaker of the
House to be so disciplined.
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It is bad policy to fear the resentment of an enemy.
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