Norcross picks Beach for Adler Senate seat

Camden County Clerk James Beach will replace John Adler in the State Senate, according to a Camden County Democratic source who spoke with George Norcross, the South Jersey Democratic leader who decides who serves in the Legislature. Beach must still win a special election convention, but he is not expected to face any opposition.

Gov. Jon Corzine will appoint a nominate a new County Clerk — presumably after consulting with Norcross — who must be confirmed by the State Senate. Both Beach and the new Clerk must run in a November 2009 special election.

The 62-year-old Beach is also the Camden County Democratic Co-Chairman. Norcross has not decided whether Beach will remain in that post, or if the other Co-Chairman, Donald Norcross, will now hold it alone.

Beach was twice elected to the Camden County Board of Freeholders before winning a race for County Clerk in 1995.

Adler is expected to resign in January when he takes his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Norcross picks Beach for Adler Senate seat