Kaplan Promotes Paff for Lieutenant Governor

Posted on 28 July 2009


John Paff 2Libertarian Party candidate Ken Kaplan has tabbed John Paff as his running mate in the upcoming gubernatorial election. On the heels of selections by sitting Governor Corzine of liberal state Senator Loretta Weinberg of Teaneck and by Republican candidate Chris Christie of Monmouth County Sheriff Kim Guadagno, Kaplan has again demonstrated his independent streak in eschewing the politics of gender and selecting a mate who, like himself, is not affiliated in any way with the State’s political establishment.


Paff, a 1979 graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in economics, served as President of City Line Insurance, Inc. for almost ten years and currently manages rental real estate. For the past five years, he has chaired the New Jersey Libertarian Party’s Open Government Advocacy Project. A 23-year resident of Franklin Township (Somerset County), Paff has been active in his community, serving on the Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department in Somerset for 17 years and as its President since 2008. He and his wife, Diane, have two children.


In announcing his selection, Kaplan praised Paff, saying “John Paff has served as a watchdog for New Jersey citizens, assuring that the workings of local government are properly recorded and made available for public scrutiny.” Further defining Paff’s role within a prospective Kaplan Administration, Ken indicated that, if elected, he “will appoint him as Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, where his expertise on local government will stand New Jersey residents in good stead.” In keeping with his fiscally-responsible principles, he added that Paff “will only draw one salary” and that “there will be no double dipping in a Kaplan administration.”


In contrast with the current Corzine Administration in which Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Joseph Doria resigned recently under a cloud of suspicion, Kaplan intends to root out corruption within the State government. And in selecting Paff, a strong champion for transparency in the internal workings of State government, Kaplan has taken an important first step.


Summarizing the reasons for his selection, Kaplan stated, “I cannot be happier that John has agreed to be my running mate. I have admired his long time volunteer work on behalf of open government in our state, and I am excited about what he would be able to do as the head of the Department of Community Affairs.”

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