Gov. Jon Corzine, trailing his Republican opponent in a bid for re-election, has asked veteran Democratic strategist Jamie Fox to take a senior role in his campaign, Democratic sources say. Democrats say that Fox would be an addition to the team and stressed that it is not a campaign shakeup. Fox would not replace any of the existing campaign staff, and sources say that Corzine’s longtime Chief of Staff, Tom Shea, and strategist Steve DeMicco will be staying on.
Fox, sources say, has not yet made a final decision to accept.
Over the next two weeks, the Corzine campaign is expected to bring several well-known operatives on to their staff in a full-time capacity. The moves are expected to engage some key Democratic constituencies that have been less than enthusiastic over the governor’s bid for a second term.
The 55-year-old Fox served as Chief of Staff to Gov. James E. McGreevey and to U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli. He was the Executive Director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, state Commissioner of Transportation, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s state director, and Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. Jim Florio. Prior to opening a lobbying firm, Fox was the Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
He took a leave from his firm last September to join Barack Obama’s campaign, and was sent to Florida as a senior advisor. John McCain had an 8-point lead in Florida before Fox arrived; Obama won the state by 2.5 points.