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Boy who cried in video named honorary governor

Boy who cried in video named honorary governor

April 7th, 2011 in News

New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, left, Gov. Chris Christie, seated, and Dawn and Jon Koczon, right, laugh Wednesday in Trenton, N.J., at 5-year-old Jesse Koczon, right, as twin Brandon, left, looks on after Christie signed a proclamation making Jesse the state's honorary governor.

Photo by The Associated Press /News Tribune.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey boy who cried on a YouTube clip that he's too small to be governor was all smiles as Gov. Chris Christie made him honorary chief executive.

Christie signed a proclamation Wednesday making 5-year-old Jesse Koczon, of Old Bridge, honorary governor for the day and his fraternal twin brother, Brandon, honorary lieutenant governor.

The boys, dressed in collared shirt, ties and trousers, appeared at a news conference with their parents, Jon and Dawn Koczon, Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

Christie, who has four children in elementary through high school, said he "related as a father," when he saw the video clip of the boy crying.

On the video, Jesse's mother asks him why he's upset. Jesse replies, "Cause everyone tells me I'm too small to be the governor of New Jersey."

Christie responded on Twitter: "Don't worry Jesse, people gave plenty of reasons why I couldn't be governor, though being too small wasn't one of them."

Christie said Jesse may be a natural for the state's top job.

When the governor asked if he remembered what to do about property taxes, Jesse replied: "Don't raise them."

When Christie asked what would happen if he did increase taxes, Jesse answered; "I won't be governor that long."

The children, who fiddled with the microphone and mugged for the cameras throughout the event, seemed to enjoy the job as much as Christie.

Asked by a reporter why he wanted to be governor, Jesse said, "I want a job important like the governor."

Brandon seemed satisfied with his role as second-in-charge.

Asked what he'd do as lieutenant governor, Brandon heeded Guadagno's whispers: "Whatever my brother tells me to do," he said.