Essex Freeholder Brendan Gill, who served as state director for the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), will serve as campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) 2014 re-election campaign.
The veteran Gill most notably ran Lautenberg’s 2008 Campaign, helping Mr. Lautenberg stave off a Democratic Primary challenge by U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1).
Booker endured criticism last year after movement conservative Steve Lonegan came within 11 points of beating him.
Throughout Democrats wrung their hands as Team Booker allowed a “right wing maniac” – the campaign’s routine off-the-record characterization of the Republican – to dominate the cycle and come as close as he did in losing.
Booker’s campaign manager came from out-of-state and was a veteran of President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 salvos.
Sources say Booker picked the respected Gill in order to have someone at hand who is more knowledgable about New Jersey’s draconian political culture.