Like many people, I think the recent Senate Primary said a lot about next year’s race for Governor, but for entirely different reasons. While the conventional wisdom was that Rob Andrews was taking a test-run at a real statewide campaign next year, the tone and substance of the campaign belied that as a motive (and I think the outcome of the campaign pretty much eliminates that as a possibililty). Turns out, Andrews was running for Senate because he wanted to be in the Senate – just like he said.
But, what was happening on the sidelines spoke volumes, and Governor Corzine would be wise to have listened. When powerful figures from around the state came out for Andrews – from Joe Ferriero’s aborted effort to back Andrews in Bergen, to the array of powerful state senators and other influential leaders in democratic-vote-rich Middlesex, Union and Essex counties – they were also saying, “we’re not afraid of a primary, and we’re ready to take sides.”
So, when speculation inevitably turns to choosing New Jersey’s first Lieutenant Governor next year, I think the good Governor would do well to identify his potential running mate early, and possibly ward off a primary, rather than wait until after next year’s primary to name someone.
And the person he should pick is…