Republicans Urging Guadagno To Run For Assembly


Kim Guadagno

Former Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno today said Republicans have asked her to run for State Assembly in the 13th legislative district.

So far, Guadagno has politely turned down the overtures, citing family issues and her commitment to her job as a partner as at the Connell Foley law firm.  “Too many non billable hours,” she said in a text when MMM raised the issue with her last month, “Thank you for thinking of me, but the timing is not good for me or my family.”  She also said she would run if she won the lottery.

Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, Guadagno’s would be running mate in LD 13, told MMM that she urged the former Monmouth County Sheriff to join the ticket last October when Assemblywoman Amy Handlin announced that she would not seek another term in 2019.

“It would be wonderful to serve with Kim,” DiMaso said, “Her presence on the campaign trail and in the Assembly would immediately magnify the opposition voices to the Murphy Democrat agenda.  Serving in the legislature would give her a record separate from the shadow of Chris Christie and position her well for another run for governor.”

LD 13 Senator Declan O’Scanlon said that he was not behind the emerging draft Guadagno movement,  but that he would welcome Kim as partner in the district legislative delegation. “Kim’s candidacy would be a statewide game changer,” O’Scanlon said.

As New Jersey’s first Lt. Governor and the GOP nominee against Governor Murphy in 2017, Guadagno is uniquely positioned to energize the NJ Republican Party in an election year that is expected to generate dismally low voter interest.  All Eighty seats in the General Assembly top the ballot this November.   Without a statewide or national race on the ballot, voter turnout has been very low in the past.  In 2015, the last year the Assembly topped the ballot, only 22.84% of Monmouth County voters cast a ballot, according to MonmouthCountyVotes.com

LD 13 is considered a safe Republican district.  A Guadagno candidacy is seen by Republicans urging her to run as a statewide opportunity to energize the Party, enhance candidate recruitment efforts in other districts and to boost fundraising prospects from otherwise uninspired donors.

Guadagno, a Monmouth Beach resident, is probably the only non-Middletown resident who could win the GOP nomination for Assembly.  Middletown, by far the largest town in the district has had a resident serving in the legislature for all but two years since 1966 when the legislative districts were created by a State Constitutional Convention.  With Handlin’s pending retirement, the “Middletown seat” is expected to go to Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger or Middletown Township Committeeman Kevin Settembino.

Posted: January 21st, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , | 20 Comments »

20 Comments on “Republicans Urging Guadagno To Run For Assembly”

  1. Ok, don’t blame her, said at 7:54 pm on January 21st, 2019:

    but the question is, what brave two souls will venture forth in LD 11? Now there’s a real challenge!

  2. Lovely lady said at 9:38 pm on January 21st, 2019:

    Awful politician.

  3. A. P. Hill said at 6:03 pm on January 22nd, 2019:

    Kevin Settembrino would be a poor choice. He has shown disdain for his constituency and has an anger issue. He supported and voted for putting 13 soccer fields in Stevenson Park which is only accessible is via a one lane bridge. He favors more large development in Middletown.

  4. What happened said at 10:53 pm on January 22nd, 2019:

    to Senator O’Scanlon’s Twitter feed on the right side of the page?

  5. @A.P. Hill said at 7:51 am on January 23rd, 2019:

    You sound like one of those gullible dolts who were duped by the lying Democrats campaign propoganda. It’s the Democrats who favor more development not Republicans. Been to Red Bank lately? They can’t shoehorn enough apartment buildings into every vacant lot. The opposite is true in Middletown the park system is one of the best of any town in New Jersey. If you live in Shady Oaks or Shadow Lake you got the most recent addition to open space with Chris’s Deli being preserved.

  6. @@A.P. said at 4:30 pm on January 23rd, 2019:

    Funny, you sound like one of those empty suits on the Middletown TC.

  7. @AP Hill said at 4:50 pm on January 23rd, 2019:

    Can you dispute anything I said? I’ll save you the trouble, no.

  8. Well said at 5:20 pm on January 23rd, 2019:

    First off, I’m not 90 so no I don’t live in Shadow Lake Village. Second, most of the parks in your quaint little slice of Suburbia are County Parks, no? Tatum, Thompson, Hartshorne, Bayshore Waterfront, etc. So I guess the kudos goes to the Mayor’s father-in-law and the rest of the Freeholders for running an efficient operation.

  9. @well said at 9:44 pm on January 23rd, 2019:

    You may want to quit while you’re ahead instead of digging yourself a hole with your ignorance. You conveniently left out the magnificent Poricy Park, Memorial Gardens, Bicentennial Park, Ideal Beach, Lincroft Village Green or any of the 30 other parks that are owned by the township. The fact that we have awesome county parks and Sandy Hook are further testament to this town’s greatness. Now I know you sad sack democrats are bitter over the ass whupping you get every year, but you may want to spend your time convincing your democrat Governors to stop killing babies and raising taxes rather than making a fool of yourself on this site

  10. Sick said at 10:25 pm on January 23rd, 2019:


  11. Lol said at 9:36 am on January 24th, 2019:

    Apparently I missed the memo where Sandy Hook was no longer a NATIONAL PARK. My bad. Ideal Beach is lovely if cigarette butts and used needles are your bag. Also, you couldn’t pay me to live in your shitburg. Do enjoy the anonymous nonsensical ranting about “killing babies” though, we all know that when you air your grievances as a public official, the higher powers smack your pee pee. Glad to see you have smartened up.

  12. A. P. Hill said at 11:09 am on January 24th, 2019:

    I suspect that @well is the Lyin’ Tony Fiore.

  13. @well said at 8:02 am on January 25th, 2019:

    In addition to digging a hole with your ignorance, you can add abysmal reading comprehension to your growing pathetic list. Nowhere did I say Sandy Hook was no longer a national park. Collectively, between the Great County Parks, Municipal parks and even a top National Park, Middletown’s Park system is one of the best in the country. I guess being a Democrat, who is Punch-Drunk from getting beaten into the ground election after election by the people of Middletown who are too smart to turn the town they love over to a party who is single-handedly driving New Jersey into the ground is a difficult thing to face. You can always move to one of those bastions of democrat leadership like Camden, Paterson, Trenton, or any other of their other hell holes if you want to feel more at home.

  14. @@well said at 6:14 pm on January 25th, 2019:

    The fact that we have awesome county parks and Sandy Hook are further testament to this town’s greatness.

    How exactly does Middletown have Sandy Hook? It is owned by the federal government. No one associates it with Middletown. Same with Hartshorne, Thompson, etc. who are operated and maintained by the Monmouth County Park System. So all of the positives attributed to those various locations have exactly zero to do with Middletown Township. You sure are a thin-skinned son of a bitch for a public official.

  15. @well said at 11:41 pm on January 25th, 2019:

    Oh God, this is painful. Is it so difficult for you to understand that all of those facilities are in Middletown and combined with the town parks, make this one of the greatest towns in the country? No wonder you democrats get your butts handed to you every year

  16. @anonTCmember said at 9:05 am on January 26th, 2019:

    You’re either willfully ignorant or the residents of Middletown have to be commended for voting an individual with Special Needs on to their Town Council. Maybe you are on the County Registry?

  17. @will said at 12:47 pm on January 26th, 2019:

    Can anyone translate the previous post?

  18. Sure said at 2:02 pm on January 26th, 2019:

    The Monmouth County Special Needs Registry is a voluntary service open to all citizens with disabilities who reside, attend school or are employed in Monmouth County. The registry was created to help police officers and other emergency service personnel to better assist residents with special needs in the event of an emergency by providing those first responders with vital information regarding a registrant’s disability, emergency contact information, a physical description and current photograph of the registrant.

  19. @will said at 8:25 pm on January 26th, 2019:

    The additional verbiage doesn’t make the post any less idiotic

  20. To be blunt said at 8:31 am on January 27th, 2019:

    You are either being an asshole or you lack the mental faculties to understand the cogent point that was made. Perhaps a little from both Columns A and B.