The race for Chief

If Doug Forrester wins the race for Governor, the favorite to get the powerful Chief of Staff post is Republican State Chairman Tom Wilson, a Forrester favorite with front office experience (he was Acting Governor Donald DiFrancesco’s Communications Director) and credibility among the state house press. The short list for Jon Corzine’s Chief of Staff includes: former State Treasurer Richard Leone, former Byrne administration official Carl Van Horn, former Community Affairs Commissioner Susan Bass Levin (who left the cabinet to take a Corzine campaign post), former Human Services Commissioner Timothy Carden, and Corzine’s former Senate Chief of Staff and close friend, Thomas Shea. One Democratic source says Shea won’t be staying in Trenton for long no matter what post he gets: he is reportedly eyeing a congressional seat in Florida, where he maintains his residence. In 2004, Shea managed John Kerry’s campaign in Florida.

The race for Chief