Superior Court Judge Michael Guadagno, the husband of Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, has been elevated to the Appellate Division effective Aug. 1, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced late Tuesday.
Guadagno, a Monmouth Beach resident, was appointed to the bench in 2005 by Gov. Richard Codey. He served as a family court judge in Monmouth County until 2008 when he was transferred to the family court in Ocean County. In 2010, he returned to Monmouth County as presiding judge of the family court.
He served a temporary assignment to the Appellate Division earlier this year.
The Appellate Division of the Superior Court is the state's intermediate appellate court, according to a statement from the New Jersey Judiciary. The division consists of 32 judges who hear appeals from decisions of the trial courts, state tax court and state administrative agencies.
The division decides approximately 6,500 appeals and 7,500 motions each year.
"I am honored to be able to serve in this new capacity and look forward to joining the esteemed judges of the Appellate Division," said Guadagno, in a statement Tuesday. "I have enjoyed working with the dedicated judges, staff and members of the bar in both Monmouth and Ocean counties."
Before his appointment to the bench, Guadagno worked in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Department of Justice Organized Crime Strike Force in New York and the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey, where he served as the chief of the frauds division from 1991 to 2002.