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Doblin angling for Port Authority job

Ex-editorial page editor looks to leave Sweeney after six months

By David Wildstein, September 25 2018 8:35 pm

Alfred Doblin, the former editorial page editor of The (Bergen) Record, is up for a new job at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Just six months after taking a $130,000-a-year job on the staff of Senate President Steve Sweeney, Doblin has actively sought a communications post at the bi-state agency and with other government entities, according to sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity.  They said that his expected split with Sweeney was mutual.

He interviewed with the Port Authority this week.

This is Doblin’s second bid for a Port Authority job.  He had gone through an interview process a few years ago and was offered a job by Chairman John Degnan and Executive Director Patrick Foye, but it was killed by Gov. Chris Christie, according to a Port Authority source who asked not to be identified.

Doblin lost his job at The Record two days after the New Jersey Globe reported that he was negotiating for a job with Sweeney.  He had spent eighteen years at The Record, often railing against politicians using the Port Authority as a dumping ground for political patronage hires.

“This was never a good fit for Alfred,” said a top Sweeney ally.  “He felt being a flack was beneath him.  He thought he was coming in as some big deal advisor, but his job was to write press releases for the Senators.  He hated Trenton.”

Doblin did not immediately respond to a request for comment at 8:09 PM.  If he responds, his comments will be added later.

This story was updated at 8:53 PM.

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