In case you missed it over the holiday weekend, the Inquirer's Cynthia Burton had an insightful profile of Gov. Corzine's new chief-of-staff, Ed McBride.

McBride, as Burton writes, has strong Philadelphia and South Jersey ties. He was Corzine's chief counsel and before that worked with Democratic Govs. Florio and McGreevey.

From dealing with property tax rebate plans then, to the government shutdown in 2006 to ethics reform proposed in September, McBride is a person who knows the details of policy, down to the granular level. Having served as Corzine's chief counsel in his 2005 gubernatorial bid, McBride is also no stranger to elections. Corzine is up for re-election in November.

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