Winners & Losers

Winner: LORETTA WEINBERG The Teaneck Democrat is elected to the State Senate after a legal challenge to the original count that had her losing by one vote in a fight that pitted Democratic Sen. Jon Corzine against Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero. Weinberg’s choice to succeed her in the Assembly, Valerie Huttle, won by a comfortable margin. Winner: BILL BARONI The Republican Assemblyman showed some testicular fortitude when he showed up at a press conference called by the Democratic challenger to attack him and then accepted an invitation from a reporter to turn the event into a debate on propety taxes. Winner: LOUIS GREENWALD The Democratic Assemblyman and his running mate, Pamela Lampitt, wiill share some of the monies they received as the only candidates to qualify for the Clean Elections public financing test project with their Republican opponents who were unable to raise enough money to qualify. Winner: TOM KEAN, JR. The GOP State Senator led two top potential Democratic rivals for U.S. Senate next year in a Wall Street Journal/Zogby poll — the first time a New Jersey Republican has led in a U.S. Senate head-to-head matchup a year before the election since Clifford Case in 1971. Loser: MICHAEL WILDES The incredibly ambitious Mayor of Englewood suffers a career setback this week when he loses a convention for the Democratic nomination for State Assembly by a wide margin. Loser: WILLIAM DOYLE The Hunterson County Sheriff settles a harassment suit filed by four officers for a reported $650,000. The details were sealed so that the taxpayers who ultimately paid the settlement won’t be able to know why. Loser: FRANK SCHILLARI The Hudson County Undersheriff was, according to the Jersey Journal, “captured on FBI recordings asking reputed mobsters to smooth out a problem for the sheriff.” Loser: ALBERT MCWILLIAMS The Mayor of Plainfield, who lost his bid for re-election in the June Democratic primary, won’ be able to run as a Republican in November after all. He switched parties last month, but the state Supreme Court ruled that the so-called “sore loser law” applies to McWilliams.

Winners & Losers