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YouTube child is N.J. governor for a day

  |   April 6, 2011 at 5:42 PM
NEWARK, N.J., April 6 (UPI) -- A 5-year-old who cried about being "too small" to be governor of New Jersey in a YouTube video will get his wish -- for a day, Gov. Chris Christie said.

Jesse Koczon, who made headlines when his video went viral last week, was proclaimed honorary New Jersey governor for a day at a ceremony with Christie Wednesday, the (Newark) Star-Ledger reported.

"We thought it would be a nice thing to do to bring them in," Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts said. "It sends a good signal to kids around the state who are public service-minded to keep their dreams alive."

The Koczon family met privately with the governor beforehand and was given a tour of Christie's office.

Christie used his Twitter account last week to comment on the video, writing, "Don't worry Jesse, people gave plenty of reasons why I couldn't be governor, though being too small wasn't one of them."

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