Bernard Kenny can have a cabinet post if he wants it, according to administration sources. But some Democrats close to the outgoing Senate Majority Leader say that Kenny may not care to be Commissioner of Community Affairs.
There are a few Democratic insiders who wouldn't mind Governor Jon Corzine naming a Republican DCA Commissioner — if his choice is State Senator Nicholas Assleta. That would increase the already strong chance that Democrats would pick up the first district Senate seat. Both parties have internal polling that shows Democratic Assembyman Jefferson Van Drew with a double digit lead over Asselta — a point that could make Asselta want Susan Bass Levin's job.
But Asselta says he has no interest in a cabinet post, and wants to remain in the Senate. "Senator Asselta is working hard to put South Jersey first in his role as state senator from the First Legislative District, and he looks forward to continuing in that role — and no other — for years to come," his office told PoliticsNJ.com.