Good intentions

The generosity of former U.S. Senator Bob Torricelli, who has more than $2.1 million in campaign funds left over from his aborted ’02 re-election bid, is now extending to the west coast. Torricelli’s 2005 campaign contributions include California gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides ($1,105) and newly-elected Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ($1,000). Torricelli gave Angelides’ political action committee $10,000 in 2004. Other campaign contributions by Torricelli this year: $2,950 to Newark City Councilwoman Gayle Cheneyfield-Jenkins (he gave her ’06 re-election campaign $5,000 last year); $4,000 to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, $2,000 to Florida Senator Bill Nelson; $1,000 to Union City First, a campaign committee run by Mayor/Assemblyman Brian Stack; $300 to the Bayonne Democratic Party, and $300 to Essex County Clerk candidate Chris Durkin, the son of former Democratic State Chairman Raymond Durkin.