PASSAIC – The news out of Newark today that Randal Pinkettis interested inthe job of lieutenant governor and considers himself still in the running to be on the ticket with Gov. Jon Corzine, seemed to surprise Democratic Party members here at a party unity event at City Hall.
"No comment," said Passaic County Democratic Chairman John Currie with a shake of his head.
The chairman, in attendance in support of the re-election campaign of Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic) and Assemblyman Fred Scalera (D-Nutley), admitted his preferencefor first term Passaic County Freeholder Tahesha Way, whose name surfacedtwo weeks agoas an LG prospect.
"I like Tahesha Way for the job," Currie said.
Other Democrats here admitted they thought Pinkett was finished after elected officials almost to a man expressed worry about a political neophyte running a statewide race with an unpopular incumbent governor at the top of the ticket.
Source close to Corzine admitted they found Pinkett's press conferencetoday to be somewhat of a stunner.
Others gave the Rhodes Scholar turned reality TV star credit for not backing down in the midst of the negative party and media vibes.
"I guess Pinkett held the press conference to make Corzine squirm," said one Democrat.