TRENTON — Already trailing badly in the polls, Republican New Jersey governor candidate Kim Guadagno has been hit with another devastating 1-2 punch: She’s lost the confidence of a pair of deep-pocketed GOP groups that spend big on governor’s races, NJ Advance Media has learned.
The Republican National Committee, which is controlled by President Donald Trump, views the lieutenant governor as someone who hasn’t been loyal to the president and officials there see her race as a losing cause, according to two sources familiar with the RNC’s plans. The sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
The Republican Governors Association, a nationwide group formed with the sole purpose of electing GOP governors, has invested minimally in New Jersey and currently has no plans to change course, sources say.
The other hit for Guadagno comes right here in New Jersey, where Gov. Chris Christie‘s top fundraisers privately say they are sitting out the race because, in part, she’s been deemed disloyal to the governor after criticizing him on several issues, including his stay at the governor’s beach house during the state shutdown.
Taken together, the withdrawals could cost Guadagno millions of dollars as she heads into the crucial weeks of her campaign against wealthy Democrat Phil Murphy, who spent $21.7 million during his primary campaign.