Donovan may be tapped for judgeship

In Bergen County, Republicans only have one county-wide elected official: Kathleen Donovan, the County Clerk since 1988.

That could soon change.

Multiple sources from both parties say that Donovan’s name has been suggested to Gov. Corzine for a nomination to a Superior Court judgeship by Democratic state Sen. Paul Sarlo.

Donovan, a former GOP State Chairwoman and one-term Assemblywoman, would not confirm or deny the prospect of her taking a judicial post.

“I’m running for my re-election, but if that was an opportunity I would seriously consider it,” said Donovan. “It would be an honor to serve the people in New Jersey in that position.”

A spokesman for Sarlo refused comment. Some sources speculated that Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero decided to try to have Donovan nominated in order to avoid an expensive campaign against her.

Donovan has not filed any reports with the Election Law Enforcement Commission since the 2006 County Executive primary, which she narrowly lost.

A source close to state Sen. Gerald Cardinale said that he was not likely to sign off on a Donovan nomination, however. It is also unclear whether state Sen. Henry McNamara will, although he’s set to retire next month.

If Donovan did go to the bench, Corzine would appoint an Acting County Clerk with the advise and consent of the Senate.

Donovan may be tapped for judgeship