Fran Wood at the Star Ledger makes the case for a female replacement for Corzine’s seat and mentions State Senators Nia Gill and Barbara Buono as well as Zulima Farber and Blair MacInnes as possibilities. It’s a good article with interesting background information on all four women. Perhaps trumping all other considerations though, Fran thinks any of them could win:
And as for running against Kean, I think any of the Democratic male contenders would have his hands full in that campaign.
And I think any one of these women could win. Not that I expect the Democratic Boys Club to see it that way. But perhaps Corzine, who bucked the Bergen Democrats to push Loretta Weinberg for a state Senate seat, will prove to be more open-minded.
I don’t think it’s fair to make the accusation that Corzine is closed-minded if he doesn’t select a woman. Being open-minded means giving all alternatives thoughtful consideration, and given his past actions and statements, I’m confident Corzine will do just that.