By Oscar Alberto Quintana
La Playa restaurant, Keansburg, New Jersey
New Jersey Lt. Governor, Kim Guadagno finally opened her political wings and announced that she is running for the position of Governor in November 2017. Her boss, NJ Gov. Chris Christie, was not in attendance.
She made her campaign announcement at La Playa restaurant, whose owner, Leo Cervantes, an immigrant from Mexico, introduced her as her “angel” after crediting Guadagno as being the one responsible for him “living the American dream.”
At one point, without mentioning his name, she said the state “cannot afford to turn the Statehouse into the Palace of Versailles,” a jab to Christie’s $300 million proposed renovation of the Capitol building in Trenton, NJ.
The Lt. Gov. has joined a handful of candidates seeking the Governor’s job, including Republican Joseph Rudy Rollo, and Democrat Phil D. Murphy.
Present at the ceremony were, among others, NJ Republican Committee Chairman, Jose Arango, Lydia Valencia from the Puerto Rican Congress, Hamilton councilwoman, Ileana Schirmer; Borough of Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo and NJ’s Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce executives: Chairman, Carlos Medina and ViceChairman, Luis DeLahoz.
Guadagno is a lawyer and has served in New York as a federal prosecutor before moving to Monmouth county. There she served as Sheriff and then ran for the position of Lt. Governor, a job she now holds. She is using “Better” as her campaign slogan.