If Jackson leaves, Corzine will need a new election year Chief of Staff

Reports that Lisa Jackson could be headed to Washington as Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agenecy director means that Gov. Jon Corzine will need to appoint a new Chief of Staff. Jackson, who spent nearly three years as Corzine’s Commissioner of Environmental Protection, replaced Bradley Abelow on Monday. Now she could be gone next month, just as Corzine begins his bid for re-election to a second term.

Several top front office staffers are also likely to depart soon: Deputy Chief of Staff Maggie Moran is expected to manage the re-election campaign, and Deputy Chief of Staff Patti McGuire is supposed to be leaving early next year. There is some talk that Jo Astrid Glading, a statehouse veteran who worked for Gov. James E. McGreevey, will join the Corzine staff next year.

If Jackson leaves, Corzine will need a new election year Chief of Staff