Rep. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) interrupted a trip to Puerto Rico over the weekend to return to the Garden State to meet with Gov.-elect. Jon Corzine (D), according to several knowledgeable sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the private nature of the meeting.
The sources would not discuss the nature of the meeting, though it seems likely to have been centered on Menendez’s possible appointment to the remaining year of Corzine’s Senate term. Many informed New Jersey observers expect Corzine to announce his pick this week. Menendez has been mentioned as the likely pick, though Reps. Rob Andrews, Rush Holt and Frank Pallone are also in the mix.
Menendez’s political opponents — both within the Democratic Party and in the GOP — appear to be circulating negative stories about him in the press, such as a New York Times article from last week that mentioned Menendez’s relationship with a top aide.
Earlier I posted a link to an Inside Edge piece wondering about money Corzine had given to Albio Sires, widely considered Menendez’s successor should one be necessary. But XpatT noted that Air America was saying Nia Gill was to get the nod.
At this point it is all quesswork and supposition. I still think Juan Melli should get it. Anyone who sets up a weekly political happy hour is definitely suitable for the US Senate, but that’s just me.
I included a poll for the fun of it after the fold. Vote for who you THINK will get it, not who you WANT to get it. I included Mr. Melli! If you choose OTHER, please say who it is in the comments.