It may be down to Weinberg vs.Buono

The race for the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor appears to be exactly where it was more than a month ago – a contest between State Senators Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) and Barbara Buono (D-Metuchen). Gov. Jon Corzine's personal first choice – vetoed by party leaders and a Star-Ledger editorial – was Reality TV star Randal Pinkett. Pinkett has scheduled a news conference for later this morning; he is expected to say that he is not ready to launch a political career. The deadline to pick an LG candidate is July 27.

For a while, it looked as though the governor was actively seeking an African American running mate. But the trial balloon launched on behalf of Pinkett, who was hired as Donald Trump's apprentice a few years ago, failed miserably.

Now Corzine, sources say, is torn between Weinberg, a close friend and ally (Weinberg was an early supporter and Co-Chair of Corzine's first campaign in 2000) and Buono, who now has the support of anti-Weinberg Democrats. Weinberg is popular with Corzine's staff.

The Republican candidate for Lt. Governor is Monmouth County Sheriff Kim Guadagno, who spent fifteen years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

It may be down to Weinberg vs.Buono