State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) thinks that Republicans will be looking for a new gubernatorial candidate before the ballots go to print in early October. In a NJ Voices Op-Ed, Lesniak opines that First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele Brown may have attended political meetings with the GOP candidate while Christopher Christie was still U.S. Attorney, suggests that a Justice Department probe of Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra will conclude that "Christie mixed politics and law enforcement," and that Brown gave Christie "a heads up" on the July political arrests.
Just a month ago, there was considerable speculation that Gov. Jon Corzine would be the one to drop out – WNBC-TV's Brian Thompson reported that South Jersey Democratic leader George Norcross was urging the governor to end his re-election bid, and sources say that at least one other powerful Democratic leader had given Corzine until the end of the summer to repair his electoral woes. Corzine made it clear he had no intention of dropping out, and Republicans close to Christie say he's not going anywhere either.