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Todd Caliguire is an American Republican Party politician in New Jersey. He is a former county freeholder and candidate for Governor of New Jersey. Caliguire is married to Laurie Gayle Stephenson, an actress. They have one daughter and live in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
The Republican Party, also referred to as the GOP, is one of the two major political parties in the United States; the other is its historic rival, the Democratic Party.
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New Jersey is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States. It is located on a peninsula, bordered on the north and east by the state of New York, particularly along the extent of the length of New York City on its western edge; on the east, southeast, and south by the Atlantic Ocean; on the west by the Delaware River and Pennsylvania; and on the southwest by the Delaware Bay and Delaware. New Jersey is the fourth-smallest state by area but the 11th-most populous, with 9 million residents as of 2017, and the most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states; its biggest city is Newark. New Jersey lies completely within the combined statistical areas of New York City and Philadelphia. New Jersey was the second-wealthiest U.S. state by median household income as of 2017.
Caliguire was an aide in the 1980s to then Governor of New Jersey Thomas Kean, where he served as an assistant counsel to the governor and later as Counselor to the Governor, a senior policy advisor. Caliguire left Kean's staff to work in the private practice of law in Bergen County.
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During the 1990s, Caliguire was elected to two terms on the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, which is the county's legislative body. Caliguire surprised political observers when he announced his decision to not seek a third term as a freeholder to keep a term limit pledge.
In 2005, Caliguire announced his candidacy for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2005. Caliguire was considered a long shot candidate for the nomination as he was little known statewide. He raised the least of the seven candidates and had no campaign staff. He came across as the most academic of the candidates and he issued a 150-page campaign plan for what he would do as governor. He finished last in the field of seven. It was reported that his candidacy for governor was aimed to position himself for the Republican nomination for Bergen County Executive in 2006.
Caliguire announced his candidacy for Bergen County Executive in early 2006 and was quickly endorsed by the Bergen County Republican Committee. In March 2006, there was a split between the moderates and the conservatives in the Bergen County Republican Party, which resulted from a fight for the county party chairmanship. Bergen County Clerk Kathleen Donovan announced her candidacy for county executive against Caliguire.
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Caliguire was formally endorsed by the county Republican party, because of a rule enforced by the county party chairman which said that a candidate needed to have filed a notice of intent to seek the party endorsement before the endorsement meeting. Caliguire had met the deadline, while Donovan announced her candidacy after the deadline.
Thus, only Caliguire's name was presented to endorsement convention delegates, while Donovan did receive support. Donovan quickly recruited Freeholder Elizabeth Randall, who had been running with Caliguire, and Caliguire's running mate for county surrogate, Jae Y. Kim, Esq., to her campaign.
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Following a competitive and at times, heated campaign, Caliguire defeated Donovan 51% to 49% for the Republican nomination. He lost to incumbent County Executive Dennis McNerney 60%-40% in the November election.
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