Barack Obama's presidential campaign is expected to announce today that Tricia Mueller, the national political director of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, will serve as New Jersey state director.
Mueller, who had the backing of Gov. Jon Corzine – a supporter of Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries – beat out Bob Decheine, the Chief of Staff to one of Obama's earliest and leading New Jersey supporters, Rep. Steve Rothman.
The 34-year-old Mueller was political director of the New Jersey Regional Carpenters Council for seven years before being promoted to national political director of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters last year.
Editor’s note: The Obama campaign denies our report that Mueller has been picked to run the New Jersey campaign. "The Obama Campaign has not made any staffing decisions at this time. New Jersey voters are ready for change in Washington, D.C. and in the coming weeks, the Obama Campaign will continue to build and mobilize our grassroots support in the state,” Gannett Tseggai told PolitickerNJ.com in an e-mail at the request of Rothman’s office. Despite the denial, PolitickerNJ.com strongly stands by our original report. A decision has been made, and the Obama campaign notified several top Democratic officials of Mueller’s appointment on Thursday.