State House Leadership
Governor Chris Christie
Republican Chris Christie, a corporate lawyer turned crusading federal prosecutor, was elected New Jersey's 55th governor, ousting Jon Corzine, an unpopular but well-funded incumbent. It was the first time a Republican won a statewide election in New Jersey since Governor Christie Whitman was re-elected by a narrow margin in 1997. With 99% of the state's voting precincts reporting, Christie took 48.9 percent compared with Corzine's 44.5 percent.
Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno
On November 3, 2009, the people of New Jersey selected Monmouth County Sheriff Kim Guadagno to be the first Lieutenant Governor in our state’s history. Since becoming Sheriff, Kim has pursued an aggressive agenda to fight crime, strengthen community outreach and enact innovative initiatives. Guadagno also serves as Secretary of State under Governor Christie's administration supporting the arts, heritage, and historic record of New Jersey through public participation in cultural programs, quality of life initiatives and community service activities. Kim Guadagno was sworn in as New Jersey's first Lieutenant Governor on January 19, 2010.
Senate President Stephen M. Sweeny
Stephen M. Sweeney has served in the New Jersey State Senate since 2002, where he represents the 3rd Legislative District. Sweeney also serves on the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders, a post he has held since 1997, and has been the Freeholder Director since January 6, 2006. On November 23, 2009, Sweeney was selected as Senate President and took office on January 12, 2010.
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto
Vincent Prieto, who became Assembly Speaker in January 2014, will continue as the 215th Assembly Speaker and the second Cuban American to serve in the leadership post. The Secaucus resident will preside over the 80-member General Assembly. Democrats have held the majority since 2002 and, according to unofficial results, could hold a 52-28 majority in the upcoming 2016-17 session, the largest Democratic majority since 1979.