Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno selected Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo as her running mate, making her gubernatorial campaign attractive to a large bloc of Hispanic voters in New Jersey who are being excluded by the Democratic ticket.
“I am thrilled to have Carlos on the team,” said Guadagno. “His story embodies the American Dream and is a testament to all that is possible in New Jersey. As mayor of Woodcliff Lake, Carlos has built up a reputation as a strong, bipartisan leader and advocate for lower taxes, open space and transparent government. As lieutenant governor, I will put that experience to work for New Jersey families to help me lower property taxes and audit all aspects of Trenton. “
“I am honored and humbled to stand with Kim Guadagno today as her running mate,” said Rendo. “Kim’s vision for New Jersey is my vision for New Jersey, and I know that together, we will work tirelessly to ensure our state is once again an affordable, prosperous place where families can thrive.”
“My father was a janitor and my mother worked on a factory assembly line as a proud union member,” said Rendo. “Together, Kim and I will rely on our Main Street values ??to lower taxes and expand opportunities so more people can afford to realize their version of the American Dream right here in New Jersey. “
Rendo also took aim at Wall Street millionaire Phil Murphy’s decision to select former New Jersey House Speaker Sheila Oliver as His running mate: “It is inexcusable for Phil Murphy to choose a candidate for lieutenant governor who went on an unauthorized trip to Cuba to meet with the same repressive regime that is harboring the fugitive murderer of a New Jersey State Trooper.”
“I support our President’s decision to place reasonable restrictions on our relations with Cuba and his demand for the immediate return of Joanne Chesimard to New Jersey law enforcement,” said Guadagno previously. “The President’s commitment to ensuring Chesimard returns to New Jersey and faces justice for the murder of Trooper Foerster is a testament to his support for New Jersey police and should be commended.”
As lieutenant governor, Rendo will be in charge of an investigative team called Audit Trenton Strike Force, which will conduct a performance audit of all aspects of government operations to eliminate redundancies, maximize efficiency and reduce costs for taxpayers.
Within 100 days of taking office, Rendo will submit an action plan to the governor with an estimate of how much money can be saved and returned to the people of New Jersey in the form of property tax relief.
In the 1980s, Governor Tom Kean conducted a similar audit of state government that identified $100 million dollars in savings for New Jersey taxpayers.
In 2009, Guadagno was elected the first lieutenant governor in New Jersey history.
Over the last eight years, Guadagno has focused on outreach to the state’s business community, reducing unemployment – which has fallen from 9.8% to 4.1%, now the lowest in the region – and slashing burdensome regulations through the state’s Red Tape Review Commission.
The Guadagno’s running mate, Rendo will attend events across New Jersey and appear together with Guadagno on the November 2017 General Election ballot.
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