If the Assembly leadership elections go as expected, Joseph Cryan (D-Union) will give up the Education Committee chairmanship to become Majority Leader. Democratic sources that Joan Voss (D-Fort Lee), the vice chair of the committee and a retired public school teacher, is not under consideration for the post. One possible candidate is Patrick Diegnan (D-South Plainfield), who chairs the Assembly Higher Education Committee; that could clear the way for Pamela Lampitt (D-Cherry Hill), who works for the University of Pennsylvania, to take that slot. But Diegnan gets that his panel is of importance to Rutgers University, which is important to Middlesex County Democrats.
Peter Barnes (D-Edison) told PolitickerNJ.com yesterday that he wants Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro) to remain as Judiciary Committee Chairman. There has been some talk among Democrats that she will be replaced next year, and Barnes had been mentioned as a possible candidate.