Among the people likely to lose their jobs if Barack Obama is elected President next month: Republican Joel Trella, who was hired by U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie as a Security Manager after losing his bid for re-election as Bergen County Sheriff in 2004; Alan Steinberg, a former Kean/Whitman administration official who served as Chief of Staff to Essex County Executive James Treffinger, will be replaced as the Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and U.S. Marshal James Plousis, a former Cape May County Sheriff.
If John McCain wins, Trella and Steinberg would likely hold their jobs; Steinberg backed McCain for the GOP nomination and is viewed as a political ally of Lewis Eisenberg, McCain's National Finance Chairman. But insiders say Plousis' resignation would be accepted. Look for Morris County Sheriff Edward Rochford, a McCain supporter since 1999, to emerge as the top of U.S. Marshal short lists.