Kim Guadagno, who served two terms as lieutenant governor under former New Jersey governor Chris Christie and was the state’s Republican Party gubernatorial candidate in 2017, is no longer a member of the GOP, POLITICO confirmed.
After 30 years as a registered Republican in New Jersey, Guadagno became an unaffiliated voter on Monday, according to records obtained through a public records request.
Guadagno, who was sheriff of Monmouth County when Christie selected her as candidate for lieutenant governor in 2009, lost the 2017 gubernatorial election to Democrat Phil Murphy.
His withdrawal from the GOP was first reported by the New Jersey Globe, which touted his departure as a protest against the leadership of Monmouth County GOP Chairman Shaun Golden.
Guadagno, 62, was recently ousted from her post as head of the Fulfill Food Bank after a row with the Republican Monmouth County Board of Directors over funding. She also backed Assembly Member Serena DiMaso (R-Monmouth), a Tory who Golden stripped of party support, in last month’s primary.
Though no longer a Republican leader, Guadagno’s departure from the GOP is an unwelcome sign of contention in a party that has struggled to reestablish its statewide relevance in the wake of Christie, who left office. most unpopular New Jersey governor since election day. , and former President Donald Trump, who helped turn some traditionally Republican suburbs into Democrats.
Guadagno is a partner at the law firm Connell Foley.