|Kimberly "Kim" Guadagno|
|Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey|
|New Jersey Secretary of State|
|January 19, 2010 - Present|
|Years in position||4|
|Predecessor||Nina Mitchell Wells (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 3, 2009|
|Monmouth County Sheriff|
|2007 - 2010|
|Monmouth Beach Borough Commissioner|
|Bachelor's||Ursinus College (1980)|
|J.D.||American University Washington College of Law (1983)|
|Birthday||April 13, 1959|
|Place of birth||Waterloo, Iowa|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign contributions
- 5 Personal
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 Contact Information
- 9 External links
- 10 References
The position of lt. governor was created as the result of a Constitutional amendment to the New Jersey State Constitution passed by the voters on November 8, 2005. In New Jersey, the governor and lieutenant governor are elected on a single ticket in the general election. Following the primary elections, gubernatorial candidates have 30 days to select a running mate. Guadagno was selected by Gov. Chris Christie to be his running mate for the 2009 campaign, the first in the state's history to include voting for a lieutenant governor. Following the election, Christie appointed Guadagno to the position of Secretary of State as well, combining the duties of both offices.
Before joining the Governor's cabinet, Guadagno was a federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, NY and an Assistant United States Attorney in Newark, specializing organized crime and corruption cases. She has also worked as a private practice attorney and as a law professor at Rutgers University. She was elected Borough Commissioner, her first public office, in 2005, and later broke ground as Monmouth County's first ever female sheriff, also an elected position.
Guadagno's role as lt. governor includes overseeing the New Jersey Partnership for Action, the comprehensive economic development strategy. In her capacity as secretary of state, Guadagno is the state's chief election official, and manages New Jersey's $38 billion tourism industry, among other responsibilities.
Guadagno was born on April 13, 1959 in Waterloo, Iowa. She earned a bachelor's degree from Ursinus College and a J.D. from American University's College of Law. Shortly after law school, Guadagno began work as a federal prosecutor with the Organized Crime and Racketeering Strike Force in Brooklyn, New York. After moving to New Jersey following her marriage in 1991, Guadagno served as deputy chief of the corruption unit for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey from 1990 to 1998, handling such high-profile prosecutions as those against former Essex County Executive Thomas D'Alessio (Democrat) and Somerset County Prosecutor Nicholas Bissell (Republican). She then became deputy director in the Division of Criminal Justice, where she supervised the prosecution of the creator of the "Melissa" computer worm, David L. Smith, until 2000.
In 2001, Guadagno left the public sector to practice law closer to home. She also began teaching law at Rutgers University School of Law - Newark. For two years beginning in 2005, she was one of three individuals elected a Borough Commissioners of Monmouth Beach. In 2007, she became the first woman elected as sheriff of Monmouth County, responsible for a staff of over seven-hundred state employees and a $65 million budget.
- Bachelor's degree, Ursinus College (1980)
- Juris Doctorate degree, American University's Washington College of Law (1983)
Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State (2009-Present)
Monmouth County Sheriff (2007-2010)
In 2008, Guadagno became the first woman elected as sheriff in Monmouth County history.
Guadagno reportedly made false statements in September 2008 that enabled a police official to improperly obtain $170,000 from a state pension fund, according to New Jersey Watchdog. Guadagno, Monmouth County Sheriff at the time, had hired Michael W. Donovan Jr., a retired investigator for the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, as her new chief, announcing in a memo to her staff that he would be replacing John Cerrato. Under state law, Donovan should have stopped receiving retirement benefits as a result of his employment and been re-enrolled in the Police and Firemen's Retirement System. However, Guadagno had placed him as Chief Warrant Officer, a position that is exempt from PFRS and the rules/regulations that apply to it. Those statements were deemed false since the position of Chief Warrant Officer had been eliminated by an order signed by Guadagno on Sept. 16, 2008 – the week before Donovan started.
On December 4, 2012, Gov. Christie's campaign confirmed Guadagno's bid to join Christie on the gubernatorial/lieutenant gubernatorial ticket in the 2013 election. The general election took place on November 5, 2013, following a statewide primary on June 4, 2013. As was expected, Christie and Guadagno easily won the election scoring 60.5% of the vote.
- General Election
On November 5, 2013, Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno (R) won re-election as Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey. They defeated the Buono/Silva (D), Kaplan/Bell (L), Welzer/Alessandrini (I), Sare/Todd (I), Araujo/Salamanca (I), Schroeder/Moschella (I) and Boss/Thorne (I) ticket(s) in the general election.
|Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey, 2013|
|Republican||Chris Christie & Kim Guadagno||60.3%||1,278,932|
|Democratic||Barbara Buono & Milly Silva||38.2%||809,978|
|Libertarian||Kenneth Kaplan & Brenda Bell||0.6%||12,155|
|Independent||Steven Welzer & Patricia Alessandrini||0.4%||8,295|
|Independent||Diane Sare & Bruce Todd||0.2%||3,360|
|Independent||William Araujo & Maria Salamanca||0.2%||3,300|
|Independent||Hank Schroeder & Patricia Moschella||0.1%||2,784|
|Independent||Jeff Boss & Robert Thorne||0.1%||2,062|
|Election Results Via: New Jersey Department of State|
Incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono each faced a single challenger in the primary election on June 4, although neither presented a substantial challenge at the polls: Christie and Buono won their respective party nominations with roughly 90% of the vote.
Former Atlantic City Councilman Seth Grossman was the sole Republican to brave a run against the popular first term governor, whose star had long been on the rise before going meteoric in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Grossman's campaign criticized Christie for being overly moderate, while Buono's opponent Troy Webster, advisor to the mayor of East Orange, believed he was uniquely suited to making New Jersey friendlier to "the working poor and middle class families who have been literally 'thrown under the bus.'" Grossman and Webster were endorsed by the weekly publication NJ Today.
In New Jersey, gubernatorial candidates have 30 days to select a lieutenant gubernatorial running mate with whom to share their ticket in the general election. Immediately after launching his re-election campaign, Christie secured his running mate, 2009 successful teammate and current Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Buono, meanwhile, waited until July 29 to formally announce her choice of union leader Milly Silva, the executive vice president of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, as her running mate. The two-woman ticket went up against incumbent pairing Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno in addition to a number of third party opponents in the general election contest that took place November 5, 2013.
Christie was heavily favored to win re-election, with his campaign raising nearly double that of Buono's in the primary and maintaining a decisive double-digit advantage in the polls throughout the election season. In the final week before the general election, Christie boasted a staggering 24.3-point average polling lead. He also had bipartisan support, which was crucial in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by over 700,000, according to party registration statistics provided by the New Jersey Department of State.
Since 1977, New Jersey gubernatorial primary and general election candidates can qualify for a public funding program whereby candidates who raise a minimum amount of money are dispensed tax-generated funds, controlled by the state election law enforcement commission, in direct proportion to campaign donations given from the public. In 2013, the qualifying sum for primary gubernatorial candidates was $380,000. The purpose of the program is to lessen the influence of corporate contributions in elections. On February 2, 2013, then-presumptive Democratic nominee Barbara Buono's campaign reported that it had surpassed the $380,000 mark. By that time, Christie's campaign had already raised $2 million. Unlike in 2009, Christie declined to use matching funds in the 2013 primary, but he decided in August to opt into the program for the general election phase. Under the program, Christie became eligible for an additional $8 million, approximately. The terms also required him to participate in two debates with Buono before the general election.
In November 2012, the New Jersey gubernatorial election was rated by the Washington Post as one of the top five races to watch in 2013. Christie's high-wattage presence notwithstanding, the contest never rose to the level of excitement originally anticipated. This was due in part to the decision of former Newark Mayor Cory Booker to run for U.S. Senate rather than attempt to oust Christie in 2013. Booker had long been considered the Democratic front-runner and best hope to take on the juggernaut incumbent, until announcing his - ultimately winning - Senate bid, and leaving comparatively unknown Democrats on their own to be steamrolled by Christie, whose upward career trajectory and bipartisan appeal were taken virtually for granted on the eve of his second term re-election. To this extent, it is not easy to revisit early reports predicting Christie would be vulnerable to losing his seat in 2013 without feeling incredulous.
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Kim Guadagno's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Kim Guadagno's Campaign Contributions|
Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$30,594,770 (Dem)|
|Top 5 contributors||Susan R Markham||$10,200|
|Domenic M Dipiero III||$7,050|
|New Jersey State Troopers Fraternal Association||$6,800|
|Election Fund of Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini||$6,800|
|David W Mauro||$6,800|
Guadago has received two Director's Awards from the United States Department of Justice, a Special Achievement Award from the U.S. Attorney's Office, and honorary doctorates from NJIT and Wayne Patterson University. She currently resides in Monmouth County with her husband Michael Guadagno, a judge on the Vicinage 9 Superior Court. They have three children.
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- New Jersey Real Time News, "Chris Christie introduces Monmouth Sheriff Kim Guadagno as GOP lieutenant gov. candidate" 20 July, 2009
- New Jersey Real Time News, "N.J. Lieutenant Gov.-elect Guadagno to serve as secretary of state" 15 Dec. 2009
- Office of the New Jersey Governor, "Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State Kim Guadagno," accessed June 19, 2013
- New York Times, Chris Christie Re-elected Governor of New Jersey, November 5, 2013
- NJ Today, "Top Adviser Says Guadagno Will Repeat as Christie’s Running Mate," December 4, 2012
- New Jersey Lieutenant Governor, "Lt. Governor Guadango," accessed February 29, 2012
- "LT. GOV. GUADAGNO & THE $170K STATE PENSION SCAM," New Jersey Watchdog, November 17, 2010
- NJ.com, "N.J. officials launch investigation into possible double-dipping by sheriff's officers," May 3, 2011
- NJToday "Primary election results," accessed June 5, 2013
- Politickernj.com, "Christie and Buono wrap yawner primary season," June 4, 2013
- Elect Troy Webster Official Campaign Website, "Biography," accessed June 4, 2013
- NJ Today, "EDITORIAL: Troy Webster For Governor," April 14, 2013
- NorthJersey.com, "Barbara Buono picks union leader Milly Silva as running mate," July 25, 2013
- Barbara Buono and Milly Silva 2013 Official Campaign website, "Press Releases: Buono Names Milly Silva Candidate for Lieutenant Governor," July 29, 2013
- PolitickerNJ, "Christie and Buono wrap yawner primary season," June 4, 2013
- ‘’NJ News 12 “Poll: Christie remains popular in NJ” accessed April 15, 2013
- RealClearPolitics, "New Jersey Governor - Christie vs. Buono," accessed November 3, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State Elections Division, "Statewide Voter Registration Summary," May 7, 2013
- NJ.com, "Sen. Buono raises almost $250K in first month of campaigning," January 2, 2013
- The Star-Ledger, "Buono qualifies for public matching funds in N.J. governor's race," February 4, 2013
- NorthJersey.com, "Christie campaign participating in public financing program," August 20, 2013
- Washington Post, "The 5 best races of 2013," November 30, 2012
- Public Policy Polling, "Christie in trouble for re-election," July 20, 2011
- New Jersey Department of State, "Official tallies: Candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, November 3, 2009 - General election," accessed April 20, 2012
- Follow the Money.org
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