Is Sharpe James a heartbeat away from Wayne Bryant’s job?

If Senate President Richard Codey does decide to drop Wayne Bryant as Chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee — as Governor Jon Corzine has suggested he do — don’t expect him to elevate the Vice Chairman to head the panel. That job is held by Sharpe James and Codey is not about to put the former Mayor of Newark — who is also reportedly being probed by federal prosecutors — into such a powerful post. Senate sources say that Codey would be more likely to pick Barbara Buono or Paul Sarlo; both are considered to be Codey allies. Choosing Buono would open up the Chairmanship of the Senate Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee for Ellen Karcher.

Is Sharpe James a heartbeat away from Wayne Bryant’s job?