*With the return of the Monmouth County Freeholder Board to GOP control, the smart money is betting against Deputy Freeholder Director John D'Amico seeking re-election in 2010. D'Amico wants to be in charge. That is not likely ever to happen.
D'Amico's seat and that of Rob Clifton are up next year.
*Barring a surprise Assembly vacancy in the 13th district, Clifton will seek re-election and should win easily. There has been speculation that Senator Joe Kyrillos will take a position in the Christie administration, leaving his Senate seat to Amy Handlin and Clifton filling Handlin's Assembly seat. A more likely scenario keeps Kyrillos in the Senate while being a high ranking member of the "kitchen cabinet." Kyrillos should be considered a front runner for an appointment to the U.S. Senate, should Governor Christie get to make an appointment due to a vacancy.
*Early speculation for Clifton's running mate includes Neptune City Mayor Thomas Arnone, former Howell Mayor Joe DiBella and Highlands Mayor, former Freeholder Anna Little.
As the senior Freeholder, and having been passed over twice before, it is Clifton's turn to be Freeholder Director. But don't be surprised if Lillian Burry is Director next year. Lillian wants it more than Robby does. Politically, it would be wise for Clifton to be Director in 2010 and get the free press that comes along with the positon during his election year, with Burry taking the post in 2011 when she is up for re-election.
*Lieutenant Governor Elect Kim Guadagno will resign as Monmouth County Sheriff in Janaury. Governor Christie will appoint Guadagno's replacement, with the advise and consent of the Senate. Wally Edge has speculated that Assemblyman Dave Rible, a former police officer, would be in the running for sheriff. Rible was just promoted by his GOP Assembly colleagues to minority whip. Undersheriff Mickey Donovan is considered the front runner for the top job. Shaune Golden, who sought the GOP nomination against Guadagno in 2007 has also been mentioned.
* Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini has been mentioned as a possible pick as Christie's Human Services Commissioner. If Rible became sheriff and Angelini Human Services Commissioner, both 11th district Assembly seats would be vacant. That's another reason to discount speculation of Rible for sheriff. Arnone, Little and state committee woman Christine Hanlon would be in the running to fill an 11th district vacancy.
Any legislative vacancies will be filled at a convention per title 19.
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