In a letter to New Jersey’s two United States Senators, U.S. Rep. Steven Rothman today endorsed Bergen County Sheriff Leo McGuire for U.S. Marshal. This is significant because Rothman has chosen McGuire over another candidate for the post, Bergen County Freeholder Director Tomas Padilla. It will be hard for Frank Lautenberg and Bob Menendez to ignore the Rothman endorsement since he is the Democratic Congressman from Bergen County.
McGuire’s main rival for the job held by Republican James Plousis is Samuel Plumeri, a former Mercer County Democratic Chairman and Sheriff. Plumeri is the director of security for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.