STATE—Monmouth County Sheriff Kim Guadagno will join Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie on the November ballot as his choice to become New Jersey’s first lieutenant governor.
Guadagno, 50, a former assistant U.S. attorney, was also a former state deputy director of prosecutions and a state assistant attorney general. In recognition of being a top federal prosecutor, she received the U.S.
Department of Justice Director’s Award and the U.S. Attorney’s Office Special Achievement Award.
Sheriff Joseph Oxley asked Guadagno, then Monmouth Beach commissioner, to replace him on the ballot when he opted not to seek a fifth three-year term in 2007.
A lawyer who teaches at Rutgers University Law School, Guadagno served as deputy director of the state Division of Criminal Justice from 1998 to 2000.
There, she prosecuted Melissa virus hacker David L. Smith and stockbroker John Natale, who was named Man of the Year by the Holmdel Republican Club a year before he admitted to a $40 million hedge fund fraud.
Guadagno, as deputy chief of the corruption unit for the U.S. Attorney’s Office from 1990 to 1998, prosecuted former Essex County Executive Thomas D’Alessio and former Somerset County Prosecutor Nicholas Bissell.
She and her husband, Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Michael Guadagno, have three sons.
The name Guadagno originated from the medieval Italian Buonguadagno, a compound word meaning ‘good’ and ‘advantage or gain.’
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