Bergen County Sheriff Leo McGuire is actively campaigning to become New Jersey's next U.S. Marshal when Barack Obama takes office as President next month. McGuire, a two-term Sheriff and former policeman, has been using his political contacts to seek support from the two voters who will ultimately decide who Obama picks: U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg. McGuire's resume was submitted to the transition office last week.
Sources say that Gov. Jon Corzine, who does not have a vote in this election, is actively pushing Samuel Plumeri, a former Mercer County Sheriff who now heads the police force of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
McGuire, who has also been mentioned as a possible candidate for Bergen County Executive in 2010, was among a group of Democrats who voted last night to ask indicted Democratic County Chairman Joseph Ferriero to resign by January 15, unless he is exonerated before then. In September, McGuire had defended Ferriero and opposed calls for his immediate resignation following the indictment.