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 Sheila Y. Oliver
Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver became the first African-American woman to lead a branch of government in New Jersey. Oliver, who begins her fourth term as Assemblywoman, took the oath of office as New Jersey’s 169th Assembly Speaker on January 12, 2010. She is also, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, just the second African-American woman in history to lead a legislative house, following Karen R. Bass of California. Speaker Oliver represents the 34th Legislative District.