Republican Chris Christie To Be Sworn In As Garden State's 55th Gov. At Noon

New Jersey's next governor and his family arrived at Newark's Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart Tuesday morning.

That's where a Mass will be celebrated before Chris Christie is sworn in as New Jersey's 55th governor. He succeeds Gov. Jon Corzine and becomes the first Republican to hold the post in eight years.

Kim Guadagno becomes the state's first lieutenant governor.

Donald Trump and his wife are among those attending the Mass.

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner will administer the oath during the swearing-in at noon at Trenton's War Memorial. Christie will then give an inaugural address.

An evening cocktail reception will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Jersey-themed food and entertainment are on the menu.

The full day of activities is set against a backdrop of tough economic times for the Garden State. Christie has said all along that the need to get the state's financial house in order is priority number one.

Meanwhile, Corzine spent his last few hours in office granting clemency to 14 people.

Corzine agreed to parole a man convicted of a 1985 murder of a suspected drug dealer that some legal experts believe he did not commit.

In partially commuting Quincy Spruell's sentence, Corzine agreed to release the 43-year-old more than five years ahead of his 30-year sentence.

Corzine said he took the action because there are serious doubts about the conviction.


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