Jackson will be Corzine’s new Chief of Staff

Gov. Jon Corzine will announce today that Lisa Jackson, the state Environmental Protection Commissioner, will be his new Chief of Staff. Jackson will succeed Bradley Abelow, who will be staying on as an advisor to the Governor.

Editor’s note: Corzine will not make an announcement regarding Jackson’s appointment today, but will do so in the very immediate future.

Corzine will need to nominate someone to replace Jackson in his cabinet.

A professional enginneer and Princeton University graduate, Jackson worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before moving to state government. She was Deputy DEP Commissioner under Governors James E. McGreevey and Richard Codey. She becomes the first African American to serve as a Governor’s Chief of Staff in New Jersey.

Abelow, a former Corzine partner at Goldman Sachs, began his government career as State Treasurer. He moved to Chief of Staff after the departure of Tom Shea, who continues to act as Corzine’s top political advisor.

Jackson will be Corzine’s new Chief of Staff