- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey’s acting governor left a hospital Friday one day after falling from a bicycle and breaking her wrist and elbow.

The governor’s office said Kim Guadagno was released from Jersey Shore University Medical Center at 11:15 a.m.

She is lieutenant governor and secretary of state but is currently acting governor while Gov. Chris Christie is campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidates in other states.

The governor’s office said Guadagno never lost consciousness, so power did not have to be transferred to the next in line, state Senate President Steve Sweeney, a Democrat.

Last month, Christie called for New Jersey to change its rules so that an acting governor does not have to take over whenever the elected governor leaves the state. Christie said the current set-up is antiquated and that in a modern world, a governor can be in charge when he’s elsewhere. “It’s not like I’m incommunicado,” he said at a news conference. “It’s not like I need someone to get the Pony Express to bring me a message.”

Guadagno has frequently been acting governor this year as Christie has traveled in his role as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. She’s been in charge during his swing since Wednesday through California, Arizona, Colorado and Iowa.

Spokesman Kevin Roberts said Guadagno was biking with her husband in Sea Bright on Thursday when she fell after stopping abruptly to avoid a vehicle. Another motorist called for help.

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