Kelly Ripa attends father's swearing in

June 3, 2009 3:59:53 PM PDT
Last night's primaries may have resulted in a new Republican nominee for governor, but it was another contest that that brought a familiar television celebrity to town to celebrate her father. Democrat Joe Ripa is filling the job of Camden County clerk until the November election. Ripa says he'll run in the fall for a full five-year term. He's replacing James Beach, who's now a state senator.

Hours after doing her live show in New York, ABC morning talk show host Kelly Ripa was making another big appearance. She was at Camden County College watching Governor Jon Corzine swear-in her dad.

"He loves Camden County more than any other person on the planet and I wouldn't miss this day. It's a tribute to his hard work and what kind of person he is," Kelly said about her father.

"Family is everything to us. My wife and I are married 47 years." Joe Ripa said.

Ripa is a former bus driver and union administrator who became a Camden County freeholder in 2004.

"Flying down here we flew over Eastern High School is where Kelly went to high school," Kelly's husband, actor Mark Consuelos, said.

Mark came along for what was literally a flying trip to the ceremony. Holding the bible for Ripa was his wife Esther. Another daughter Linda was unable to attend.

Everyone was thrilled for Kelly Ripa but many were asking 'Where's Regis?'

"Regis is on vacation, you know, I can't control everything that man does," Kelly said.

Joe Ripa says Regis is a wonderful man, but Governor Corzine had another reaction to the missing Philbin.

"The heck with Regis," Corzine said.

The Governor says it was no big deal Regis was a no show.

"Actually, we think Kelly being here is perfectly okay," Corzine said.

While her dad celebrates his swearing in, his famous daughter headed back to New York. Kelly was trying to get home in time for her kids soccer practice.

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The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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