Susan Bass Levin will keep her home in Camden County, but will spend most of her time in an apartment in Manhattan, according to friends of the former Cherry Hill Mayor. Yesterday, Governor Jon Corzine named Levin, the state Commissioner of Community Affairs, as the new Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Levin, sources say, has not yet found an apartment, but her intention is to spend most of her nights in New York, where the Port Authority is based. The appointment to the $250,000-a-year job – almost double her current cabinet salary – had been rumored for the last two months.
For almost a decade, Levin had been considered a rising star in state Democratic politics – her name appeared on short lists for statewide office as long ago as 1996. She ran for Congress in 2000, raising a huge warchest but lost badly to Rep. James Saxton. She spent fourteen years as Mayor, before being named DCA Commissioner by Governor James E. McGreevey after the 2001 election.
In 2005, Levin quit the cabinet to join Corzine’s gubernatorial campaign staff. At the time, there was considerable speculation that she would return to Trenton as Corzine’s Chief Counsel. But significant opposition to Levin by environmentalists, who viewed her time at DCA as pro-developer, reportedly scared Corzine off. He picked Stuart Rabner for Counsel and Levin got a consolation prize: her old job at the Department of Community Affairs.