A key member of Newark Mayor Cory Booker's administration, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Ron Salahuddin, quietly resigned yesterday. Booker's spokesperson, Desiree Peterkin Bell, says that Salahuddin is leaving for health and personal reasons. The news may have gotten lost in a busy day as federal agents arrested dozens of elected officials and public employees on corruption charges.
A politically active lawyer with close ties to Booker, whose name is being withheld for his own protection, has been working the phones today gauging support of a Booker for Governor candidacy, just in case Gov. Jon Corzine changes his mind about seeking re-election. Democrats have been buzzing all day about a candidate switch, after WNBC-TV's Brian Thompson reported that George Norcross wants Corzine out of the race. Booker was mentioned as a possible replacement candidate.
To be clear, Corzine has given no indication that he is considering a withdrawal.