Former Gov. Chris Christie will not attend Gov. Phil Murphy’s first State of the State address.
One of the traditions of the State of the State is the presence of former governors in the front row. Some have been more regular in attendance than others. Brendan Byrne rarely missed them. Christine Todd Whitman hardly ever attends.
Former acting Gov. John O. Bennett III, who served for 84 hours in 2002, used to sit with the former governors until Christie took office. Christie personally decided that Bennett, now the Woodbridge township administrator, should not sit with the ex-governors.
Former Gov. Richard Codey typically sits with his fellow state senators, but is with former governors today.