Sources close to state Sen. John Girgenti (D-Passaic) say the vice chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee relishes serving as chairman of the Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
For that reason, it’s unlikely he would succeed state Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Having beaten Medford Mayor Chris Myers last week, Adler’s leaving the state Senate to become the 3rd District Congressman.
It’s unlikely a senator would retain a chairmanship in addition to assuming duties as chair of the Judiciary, which is generally regarded as one of the more demanding committee chairmanships.
With Girgenti in the command position on Law and Public Safety, most Trenton insiders see a developing Judiciary chairmanship battle between state Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) and Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) for the good graces of Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex).