Before she chose to live, work and raise a family in New Jersey, Kim was born to Patricia and Charles McFadden in Waterloo, Iowa as the middle of five children. Because of her father's job in sales, Kim lived in more than a dozen places before going to college.
Kim attended high school in Michigan and earned a political science degree from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. After graduating cum laude in 1983 from American University Washington College of Law, Kim took a job as a federal law clerk in New York City and later worked litigation cases at a private law firm.
In 1988, Kim joined the elite United States Organized Crime Strike Force started by former U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy to root out organized crime and illegal racketeering. She later rose to the position of an assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey in Newark, where she built a reputation as a tough and effective prosecutor for busting corrupt politicians. In fact, she was awarded the United States Department of Justice's highest honor for her prosecutions of two separate corrupt public officials.
From 1999 to 2001, Kim served as assistant attorney general for the State of New Jersey responsible for statewide criminal investigations and oversight of 300 prosecutors and investigators.
Making New Jersey Better
As a wife and mother of three, Kim first decided to run for public office because she wanted to solve real problems facing her community and make it a better place to live, work and raise a family. In 2005, she was elected as a commissioner in the Borough of Monmouth Beach. In 2007, Kim became the first woman elected sheriff in Monmouth County’s history, and led the 650-member, $65 million law enforcement agency.
In 2010, Kim was sworn in as New Jersey's first Lt. Governor and 33rd Secretary of State, and was re-elected in 2013.
Kim has spent the past seven years focused on cutting government red tape, recruiting new businesses to New Jersey and helping existing businesses stay and grow. Today, Kim continues to keep New Jersey open for business while managing the states $40 billion tourism industry and overseeing New Jersey’s long-term growth plan for military bases and U.S. Coast Guard installations.
A New Jersey Story
Kim met her husband, Mike, while working at the United States Organized Crime Strike Force on Brooklyn. They married and moved to Monmouth County in 1991. Mike served as the chief of the fraud division in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark. He was appointed by Governor Codey to the Superior Court in 2005, where he served 8 years in the Family Section, and is now serving in the Appellate Division.
Kim's oldest son, Kevin, is a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force having graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2015. He is presently training to be a fighter pilot at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma. Her second son, Michael, is a junior at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and her youngest son, Anderson, is a sophomore in high school.
Carlos Rendo: An American Story
Mayor Carlos Rendo was born in Sagua La Grande, Cuba in 1964 and fled the communist nation for the United States with his family as a young boy.
First arriving in Miami, Florida and then settling in Union City, New Jersey in search for a better life, Carlos' father worked as a janitor and his mother worked on a factory assembly line as a proud member of the the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
Growing up, Carlos and his parents lived on 12th and 8th Streets and were instantly embraced by Union City's strong and vibrant Cuban-American community. He attended public schools – Thomas A. Edison Elementary School and Emerson High School – in Union City, and worked summers loading trucks to make extra money to support his family. He became the first in his family to attend college, graduating from Rutgers University in New Brunswick with a degree in political science and Temple University Law School in Philadelphia.
In 1996, Carlos moved to West New York and worked as the city's planning board attorney, where he helped guide the community through a complex $800 million waterfront redevelopment project. He married his wife, Michelle, in 1997 and moved to Woodcliff Lake in 2000 to raise a family. Today, Carlos is a partner in North Jersey law firm of Mulkay and Rendo, P.C., where he specializes in family and immigration law.
In what he calls the proudest and most patriotic day of his life, Carlos became an American citizen in 1984 at the height of the Reagan Revolution. Inspired by Reagan’s message of limited government, personal freedom and blue collar values, Carlos has been active in the Republican Party ever since.
In 2013, Carlos was elected to the Woodcliff Lake Borough Council, and rose to Council President in 2015. In 2016, he became the first Latino elected Mayor in Woodcliff Lake’s history. Throughout his tenure in Woodcliff Lake, Carlos has worked in a bipartisan fashion to control taxes and government spending, preserve open space, reform affordable housing policy and make government more transparent. Under his leadership, taxes in Woodcliff Lake have remained under the 2% property tax cap.
Like Kim Guadagno, who is known for giving out her cell phone number to stay accessible to the people of New Jersey, Carlos gave out his phone number when running for mayor and has remained accessible to residents ever since. He began the practice of televising council meetings and also launched the popular "council-to-the-community" monthly meetings to gather direct feedback and input from residents about ways to improve Woodcliff Lake.
Carlos and his wife, Michelle, reside in Woodcliff Lake and can usually be found shuffling their three children, Christian (15), Daniel (13) and Sophia (8), back and forth from dancing school or baseball games.