Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the Republican nominee for governor, stood at the foot of a two-story American flag as she addressed attendees of an interfaith Ramadan dinner sponsored by the American Muslim Council, a group and political action committee dedicated to getting Muslim Americans involved in politics.

"Muslims of all backgrounds in New Jersey ... have helped to build our state. I came here to thank you for that," Guadagno said. "You need to give yourselves a round of applause for everything you have done for the state of New Jersey."

On Thursday, Guadagno spoke of the need to come together as Americans even in divisive times, alluding to the Wednesday morning shooting in Virginia that critically injured U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

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