Is Jon Corzine following the Barack Obama model and auditioning candidates for Lieutenant Governor by taking a road trip? The Governor, who says he’ll seek re-election next year, is leaving today for Fort Bliss in Texas, where he’ll lead a bi-partisan delegation to visit with New Jersey National Guard troops. Four of the five Democrats joining him have been mentioned as possible candidates for Lt. Governor: Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Senate Majority Leader Steve Sweeney, Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman, and State Sen. Teresa Ruiz.
There’s even a Chuck Hagel-type on the trip: former Republican Congressman Bob Franks, who nearly beat Corzine in the 2000 U.S. Senate race but has now become a close friend and sometime policy advisor.
Also on the trip: Assembly Veteran and Military Affairs Committee Chairman Jack Conners, and three Republicans – Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce, and State Sen. Bill Baroni, the Chairman of John McCain’s New Jersey presidential campaign.