Kean Sr. likes Guadagno pick, but thinks LG should have more responsibilities

Former Gov. Tom Kean, Sr. has never met Monmouth County Sheriff Kim Guadagno, but he thinks Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Christie made a good decision in selecting her to be his running mate for lieutenant governor.

“Everything I hear about her is good. She has both administrative experience and prosecutorial experience. She ran a staff of 300 lawyers when she was at the Justice Department,” said Kean, a Republican who is the honorary chair of Christie’s campaign.

Kean left office almost 20 years ago, but he was the last governor to serve two full terms. He likes the idea of having a lieutenant governor, and not just because he, like everyone else in New Jersey duringn the first half of the decade, watched the state go through a string of governors after Christie Whitman left office in 2001 to head the EPA.

“When I was governor, I would have loved to have someone to march in some of the parades they expected the governor to march in,” he said, adding that it would free up the governor to go on overseas trade missions more often.

But Kean doesn’t like the way the law that creates the position is written, since it gives virtually no responsibilities to the number two state official.

“It’s very badly structured by the legislature,” he said. “For instance, the position of secretary of state — a lot of those responsibilities could have been statutorily given to the lieutenant governor.”

Kean Sr. likes Guadagno pick, but thinks LG should have more responsibilities