Allen graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy in 1970. Allen was born and raised in Moorestown, New Jersey, graduating as valedictorian of Moorestown High School. She began her professional career in broadcasting, working at WCAU and KYW-TV in New Jersey until 1988. Allen decided to enter politics and represented the 7th legislative district in the New Jersey Assembly from 1996-1998 and New Jersey Senate from 1998-2018, serving as Majority Whip from 1998-2001 and Deputy Republican Conference Leader from 2002-2003. In 2002, she finished 2nd in the Republican primary as a candidate for the United States Senate. She was chosen by Jack Ciattarelli to be the Republican nominee for New Jersey lieutenant governor in 2021.
Allen has been a champion of increased women’s rights and representation in political leadership. Before entering politics, Allen left her role at a CBS news affiliate after settling a lawsuit over gender-based discrimination. In her 22 years as a lawmaker, Allen frequently crossed party lines to back bills related to women’s issues. Most recently, Governor Phil Murphy signed a historic pay equity bill in Allen’s name in 2018.
Allen recently voiced concerns on a podcast about undocumented immigrants bringing COVID-19 and increased crime across borders. Allen voted for Trump in 2020 based on her support for his strict immigration policy.
Allen was one of few Republicans in the New Jersey legislature to vote for gay marriage, and has long been considered a strong ally since. Jack Ciattarelli, Allen’s running mate, supports removing LGBTQ curriculum in schools, but she believes this curricular preference should be left to parents.
Allen has expressed interest in exploring a concealed carry gun policy based on the situation seen in other states, such as Texas.
21 New Jersey county Republican organizations, Donald DiFrancesco (former NJ Governor from 2001-2002), Jeff Van Drew (U.S. Representative of NJ’s 2nd congressional district)