Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) said that two candidates with law enforcement backgrounds helps the Republican gubernatorial ticket.
“What Chris Christie has been very clear on from day one in this process is he wanted someone who could have a working relationship with, who could bring their own skill sets to bear,” said Kean. “I think [Monmouth County Sheriff Kim Guadagno’s] own experience in this regard – law enforcement or otherwise – is a tremendous asset.”
Kean referred to Guadagno’s “executive experience” as sheriff several times in a conversation with PolitickerNJ.com.
He also said that Gov. Corzine’s selection process so far has mirrored his first term.
“It’s a very clear contrast to Jon Corzine, who has been the undecider-in-chief for the last four years,” said Kean.
State Sen. Bill Baroni (R-Hamilton) said that he has campaigned with Guadagno before, and that she will play well in his native Hamilton – a blue collar town that could go either way in November.
"Chris Christie made an extraordinary pick. I have campaigned with her. She is a hardworking, tenacious public servant who had made Monmouth County safer as Sheriff and will make New Jersey better and more affordable as our next Lt. Governor,” he said. "People in my hometown of Hamilton will love Kim Guadagno's blunt, straight talking, no-nonsense approach to government."