Chris Christie announce his running mate this morning. He picked Conervative Monmouth County Sheriff Kim Guadagno.
TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie picked Monmouth County Sheriff Kim Guadagno as his running mate for the November general election.
Ms. Guadagno, 50 years old, is a former federal prosecutor, as is Mr. Christie.
This election is the first in which New Jersey’s gubernatorial candidates will have running mates for the new position of lieutenant governor.
“Kim has the experience that New Jerseyans need in their first lieutenant governor,” Mr. Christie said in a video released Monday morning. “But even more important, Kim has proven over her career that she has the ability to do the right thing day in and day out.
“She is Monmouth County’s first female sheriff, and she has gotten national acclaim for the job that she’s doing keeping the people of Monmouth County safe and secure,” Mr. Christie said.
Ms. Guadagno runs a sheriff’s office with 695 employees and a budget of $65 million. Her office oversees a 1,328-bed maximum-security correctional facility, a youth-detention center and a police-communications emergency-dispatch center.
She is a former assistant U.S. attorney, and assistant attorney general. As deputy director of the state Division of Criminal Justice, she supervised a staff of approximately 300 prosecutors and investigators.
Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine has yet to announce who his running mate will be.
That should help calm all the nerves of the one’s shouting RINO. And now, Christie’s ticket is the ultimate Trenton outsider.