Gov. Jon Corzine has nominated his Chief of Staff, Edward McBride, to serve as a Superior Court Judge. McBride, who served as Corzine's Chief Counsel and as head of the authorities unit, is generally well-liked among Trenton insiders, although he has been viewed as one of the weaker chiefs in recent years. His appointment to lead the Governor's staff in an election year was unexpected: Corzine had picked Lisa Jackson to succeed Bradley Abelow as Chief of Staff, but she left after just a few weeks on the job to join Barack Obama's cabinet. McBride, who worked for Jim Florio and Richard Codey, should have no trouble winning Senate confirmation, as long as Republican State Sen. Diane Allen, who represents his hometown, Pennsauken, signs off on his nomination.
Corzine also named Kay Walcott-Henderson, the Chief Counsel to Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts, was nominated for a Workers' Compensation Court judgeship. She lives in Mercer County, so it will be up to State Sen. Bill Baroni (R-Hamilton) to approve.