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|Kimberly "Kim" Guadagno|
|New Jersey Lieutenant Governor|
|New Jersey Secretary of State|
|January 19, 2010 - Present|
|Years in position||4|
|Birthday||April 13, 1959|
Guadagno was born on April 13, 1959 in Waterloo, Iowa. She earned a bachelor's degree from Ursinus College and a JD 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 of New Jersey (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.
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.
Office of the Secretary
PO Box 300
Trenton, NJ 08625-0300
Phone: (609) 984-1900
Fax: (609) 292-7665
- 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
- 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
Nina Mitchell Wells
|New Jersey Secretary of State
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