Some Democratic leaders are talking, again, about the possibility that Gov. Jon Corzine might be interested in a federal post if Barack Obama wins the presidency. Rumors of Corzine’s interest in a cabinet post came more frequently when it looked as though his favored candidate, Hillary Clinton, might be the nominee. It’s not likely that Obama would load up his cabinet with Clinton supporters, although the presidential candidate does enjoy a good relationship with Corzine, who was Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman in 2004 when Obama was a first-time statewide candidate.
While Corzine has been going out of his way to say he intends to run for re-election next year, some of the Governor’s allies say they wouldn’t be shocked to see him leave – and suggest that he might be interested in an Ambassadorship if he were offered one to country that would offer him a more luxurious lifestyle.
Of course, Corzine’s resignation would create considerable turmoil in the 2009 Democratic gubernatorial primary. Senate President Richard Codey would become Acting Governor, again, and would be unlikely to back out of a bid for a four-year term, again. If that happens, look for Rob Andrews to take on Codey.