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Kim Guadagno

Taking office
January 19, 2010
Succeeding Position created

Assumed office 
Preceded by Joseph W. Oxley

Born 1959 (age 50–51)
Waterloo, Iowa
Birth name Kimberly Ann McFadden
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Michael Guadagno
Children Kevin Guadagno
Alma mater Ursinus College, B.A.
American University Washington College of Law, J.D.

Kimberly "Kim" Guadagno (pronounced gwah-DAHn-yo; born 1959)[1] is the sheriff of Monmouth County, New Jersey and the Lieutenant Governor-elect of New Jersey, having won the 2009 election with running mate Chris Christie.[2] She is a Republican.



Born Kimberly Ann McFadden,[3] Guadagno grew up in Waterloo, Iowa. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ursinus College in 1980 and was awarded her degree in law in 1983 from the American University's Washington College of Law. She moved to New Jersey in 1991 and has been a resident of Monmouth Beach since marrying husband Michael Guadagno in 1991. Her husband is a New Jersey Superior Court judge in Ocean County, having been appointed in 2005 by then-Governor Richard Codey. The Guadagnos have three children.[4]

Guadagno is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey and Assistant Attorney General, who served as deputy chief of the office's corruption unit from 1990 to 1998. With the U.S. Attorney's office, Guadagno was responsible for the corruption prosecutions of former Essex County Executive Thomas D'Alessio (a Democrat) and of Somerset County Prosecutor Nicholas Bissell (a Republican).[4] In a case involving an executive of lottery contractor GTECH Corporation, she was criticized by the judge overseeing the case for her disclosure of grand jury testimony; the issue was never referred for further ethical or legal investigation.[5].

She served as deputy director from 1998 to 2000 in the Division of Criminal Justice from 1998 to 2000, where she supervised prosecutions of a $40 million financial fraud and of David L. Smith, creator of the "Melissa" computer worm.[4]

She taught legal research and writing at Rutgers School of Law—Newark and was elected to Monmouth Beach's governing body as one of its three Walsh Act commissioners.[4]

Elected sheriff of Monmouth County in 2007, succeeding Joseph Oxley, she became the first woman to serve in the post. As sheriff, she is responsible for managing a staff of nearly 700 and a $65 million budget that includes operation of a 1,328-bed maximum security prison. The department was one of 11 accepted nationwide into the federal program established under Immigration and Nationality Act Section 287(g) by which local police officers are deputized to act initiate immigration actions against illegal aliens involved in major crimes.[4]

On July 20, 2009, Republican gubernatorial nominee Christopher J. Christie announced that Guadagno was his choice as running mate, in the first New Jersey election to include voting for a lieutenant governor.[6] Guadagno was said to have been selected over a number of other Republican women, including State Senator Diane Allen and Bergen County Clerk Kathleen Donovan.[6] Christie and Guadagno defeated Jon Corzine and Loretta Weinberg on November 3, 2009.[7]

Christie has announced that as lieutenant governor, Guadagno will also serve as New Jersey's Secretary of State, along with overseeing economic development efforts and the steamlining of government regulations.

Issues and positions

Guadagno supports a pro-choice position, but would like to see fewer women choose the option; Christie expressed a pro-life stance on abortion during the primary campaign.[5]



Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Oxley
Sheriff of Monmouth County, New Jersey
Succeeded by


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