Reading between the lines

Gov.-elect Christopher Christie told the Star-Ledger that he would not rule out appointments for Ralph Marra and Michele Brown, two of his top colleagues at the U.S. Attorney's office.

"People who have real problems won't be in the administration. People who have problems that are contrived for attempted political advantage won't be hurt by that. That doesn't necessary mean they're going to be in, but if they're not in, that won't be the reason why they're not," Christie told the Star-Ledger's Claire Heininger.

Christie could also be talking about former Morris County Freeholder John Inglesino, who stepped out of the spotlight after he became a campaign issue during the primary election.

Marra has been mentioned, although not by Christie or any of his top advisors, as a possible candidate for Attorney General. Brown had been viewed as a likely candidate for a top administration post until Democrats made her into a campaign issue.

If Marra is nominated for Attorney General, the Cranford resident will need the approval of State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Elizabeth). Lesniak, who criticized Marra during the campaign for delays in Freedom of Information Act requests made by Gov. Jon Corzine's campaign, has senatorial courtesy over Marra.

Reading between the lines