Jackson’s first task: pick three deputies

Lisa Jackson will become the first African American to serve as Chief of Staff to the Governor of New Jersey. She is Corzine’s third Chief of Staff since he took office in January 2006. Expect other staff changes over the next few months. It is anticipated that Deputy Chief of Staff Maggie Moran will leave the front office to manage Corzine’s re-election campaign, and insiders say that Deputy Chief of Staff Patti Nelson McGuire and Policy Director Adam Zellner are also expected to leave by January.

Since Corzine has still not filled the Deputy Chief of Staff post left vacant when Javier Inclan resigned earlier this year, Corzine and Jackson may have as many as three Deputy COS slots to fill. One possible candidate is Jaimie Gilmartin, a former aide to Senate President Richard Codey who is now in Corzine’s appointments office.

Jackson’s first task: pick three deputies