Walsh joins Bramnick staff

Another member of the Star-Ledger buyout group has moved over to the partisan side: Diane Walsh, a veteran reporter who covered Middlesex County, is the new press secretary to Assembly Minority Whip Jon Bramnick. Walsh, who started as a Hudson Dispatch reporter, was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for their coverage of Gov. James E. McGreevey.

Some Republicans say that Bramnick could emerge as a strong candidate for Lt. Governor if Christopher Christie, the former federal prosecutor, wins the GOP gubernatorial nomination.