Corzine Campaign Shakeup

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STATE—The campaign of Gov. Jon Corzine has added another layer of bureaucracy to help weigh down the organization that seems to have had so much difficulty moving in any direction except down.

“It’s like a black hole,” said one Democratic insider. “Good ideas never go anywhere because they are trying to please all the political bosses and party hacks.”

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Among the key personnel changes, Philip Alagia is the campaign’s new political director—although few expect him to play a role outside Essex, where he works as chief of staff to County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo.

William Maer, the spokesman for indicted Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferrierro for the last seven years, will be joining Corzine’s re-election campaign full-time, according to the politickernj.com website.

Some experienced political operatives appear to be avoiding an entanglement with the failing re-election effort. Jamie Fox, the former McGreevey administration chief of staff, declined an offer to work for Corzine although the campaign is covering up the rejection by calling him an unpaid advisor.

Sources close to Steven Ayscue, a top strategist to South Jersey political boss George Norcross, deny that he received an offer from Corzine despite rumors that the campaign was looking to recruit him.


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