Joe DiVincenzo (left, with Orange Mayor Eldridge Hawkins, Jr.) expressed interest in running for Governor next year, but only if Jon Corzine does not. The two-term Essex County Executive, the scion of Steve Adubato's powerful North Ward (Newark) political machine, is also an ally of South Jersey Democratic leader George Norcross.
Two of DiVincenzo's four predecessors ran statewide without success: Peter Shapiro and Jim Treffinger.
Just 22% of New Jersey knows who DiVincenzo is. He has an 11%-4% favorable rating.