NJ Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. photo from nj.com.

As the New Jersey gubernatorial primaries draw near, Republican candidate Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has come under scrutiny this week after revealing that she carries concealed.

While addressing the Ocean Country GOP Governor’s forum in March, Guadagno said, “never underestimate a woman who carries a gun,” according to this story from shorenewsnetwork.com.

While few private citizens in New Jersey are granted a permit to carry a firearm, Guadago is one of the few thanks to her status as a former sheriff and prosecutor.

According to the story, her primary opponent, Joseph Rullo, took exception to the comment and told some 300 gun owners in Jackson Township the following:

“Everyone should be able to carry a gun in New Jersey, Kim,” Rullo said in front of the Jackson based Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club. “But we don’t even know where the hell you stand on the second amendment…we don’t know where half of them stand.”

He went on to say in the story that Guadagno’s double standard on gun control puts New Jersey residents at risk, as it offers protection only to a special few. The story also reports he said every woman in the state should have the right to protect themselves.

New Jersey has a history of siding with the elite when it comes to gun rights.

Last year state Sen. Gerry Cardinale (R-39) introduce legislation that would have allowed all judges and legislators to obtain a concealed carry permit because “they deserve to feel safe.”

The New Jersey Gubernatorial Republican Primary will be held on June 9. The current Gov. Chris Christie’s term ends this year.