PATERSON, N.J. --- New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, said that she will not consider naming Gov. Chris Christie to fill the remainder of Sen. Bob Menendez's term in office if he is convicted of corruption-related charges.
When asked by the moderator in Wednesday evening's gubernatorial debate if naming Christie to fill the final year of Menendez's term, Guadagno -- the Republican nominee to replace Christie -- swiftly said she would no.
"No," Guadagno said. "That was an easy one."
When pressed again by the moderator to get her "on record" on the issue, she reiterated that nominating the Republican governor who she serves under is not an option.
"Very much on the record that I will not consider Chris Christie," Guadagno said.
Guadagno was debating Democratic nominee Phil Murphy in gubernatorial contest's second and final debate.
As for Christie, he has said in the past that he would not consider a run for the Senate after his two terms in office expire, pointedly saying that he would "rather die" than serve in the upper chamber.
"Believe me: When I say I am never running for public office in New Jersey again? I mean I am never running for public office in New Jersey again. The only job left for me to run for is United States Senate, and let me just say this: I would rather die than be in the United States Senate. Okay? I would be bored to death," Christie said back in 2014. "Can you imagine me bangin' around that chamber with 99 other people? Asking for a motion on the amendment in the subcommittee? Forget it. It would be over, everybody. You'd watch me just walk out and walk right into the Potomac River and drown. That'd be it."
More recently, when faced with the possibility of Menendez leaving, Christie told Fox News' Neil Cavuto that it won't be happening. He reiterated that he is more of "an executive branch kind of guy."
"Listen: I don't see that happening," Christie said in August. "We will see what happens with Sen. Menendez and whether there's a vacancy or not. But I really do believe that some of us are built for executive positions and some of us are built for legislative positions. And I think I'm much more of an executive branch kind of guy."