From our archives: What ever happened to these guys?

Andy Warhol said that everyone gets 15 minutes of fame. PoliticsNJ.com remembers the people who had their 15 minutes during the 2000 campaign: Stanley ArkinJon Corzine’s attorney who hired private investigators, allegedly to investigate Jim Florio, his friends, and members of his staff. Garcia Benigno – The candidate for the Newark Board of Education last April finished last in a field of 29 candidates and received zero votes. Nasir Butt and Satwont Saroya – The N.J. D.E.P Division of Water Services engineers who were charged by the Hamilton Police Department with illegally dumping auto fluids into a local sewer. Philip Checchia – The Barnegat Board of Education member who resigned just one week into his term when he called a political foe a “Jew Bastard” during his first school board meeting. Michael Cino – The Chairman of the Columbus Coalition who made national news by claiming that Jon Corzine offended Italian Americans with ethnic jokes about construction guys and cement shoes last March. Cino started a media firestorm that nearly ended Corzine’s candidacy. Lloyd DeVos – The Mountainside attorney who entered the race for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senator and thought he would impress party leaders by contributing the lofty sum of $1 Million to his campaign. Joe DeWitt – The conservative Hunterdon County farmer became a candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 1999, but never bothered to file his nominating petitions. Mike Ferguson I – The Monmouth County resident was a candidate for Congress in the 6th district against Frank Pallone, but suddenly moved away. Ficus – Film producer Michael Moore ran a Ficus tree in the 11th district Republican primary against Rodney Frelinghuysen. State election officials refused to certify the Ficus’ nominating petitions, forcing the tree to run as a write-in candidate. Despite a huge lead in an online poll and an appearance on Laura Jones’ Campaign 2000, Frelinghuysen won the GOP nomination with 99% of the vote. Rocky Flash – The race car driver wanted to run for Congress in the 10th district against Donald Payne, but the Republicans chose Dirk Weber instead. Sam Fumosa – The Co-Chairman of the Columbus Coalition was in the thick of things during the Corzine ethnic joke flap. Kenneth Gardner – The Woodbridge Republican Chairman had his fifteen minutes years ago, but he just doesn’t seem to realize it. Douglas Gaston – Citing factual inaccuracies, the Comcast attorney pulled a Democratic Congressional Committee TV ad attacking Dick Zimmer, lulling the Zimmer campaign into a false sense of security over the summer. Esther Gatria I – The 25-year-old college student with ties to Rudy Garcia filed petitions to challenge Bob Menendez in the 13th district congressional primary, but withdrew when Menendez told the U.S. Attorney that her signatures were obtained fraudulently. Esther Gatria II – After denying ties with Garcia, she was hired in September as Garcia’s secretary in the Union City Mayors Office. She lost her post a few weeks later when the embattled Garcia resigned. J. Brooke Hern – The attorney and former Torricelli staffer was the first 7th district congressional candidate to withdraw from the race. He endorsed Mike Lapolla. Chris Kim – The businessman was wearing a wire for federal prosecutors at a Bergen County diner when indicted Democratic fundraiser David Chang allegedly asked him to lie to a federal grand jury investigating violations of federal campaign finance laws on the 1996 U.S. Senate campaign of Bob Torricelli. Michael Lapolla – The Union County Manager is the Bill Buckner of New Jersey politics: Democratic leaders were prepared to hand him a seat in Congress, but he just couldn’t hold on. Despite a good staff and consulting team, Lapolla proved to be better as an insider than as a candidate. Dana Machado – The Harrison election board worker was barred from working the general election after requiring voters with Hispanic surnames to prove their citizenship during the Democratic primary. Tamala Marks – The Cape May Democratic activist accused the wife of former Middle Township Mayor Michael Voll of harassment, but a local Judge found Susie Voll not guilty. Roderick McNealy – The Hillsborough resident filed petitions as a Republican candidate for Congress in the 7th district, but the political community had never heard of him. A few days later, he withdrew from the race. Details of his identity remain unknown. Elliott Millenson – The millionaire inventor of the home AIDS test flirted with running as a Republican for the U.S. Senate and then for Congress, but his candidacy never materialized. Jared Miller – The 18-year-old high school senior ran in the Democratic primary for Holmdel Township Committeeman. Frank Perrone, Jr. – The Rutgers sophomore, aka “The Lawn Sign Kid,” earning $8 an hour to put up Corzine for Senate signs around the state, was arrested for stealing Ferguson for Congress signs. He received a reprimand from Win 2000, and became a hero of sorts at Democratic headquarters. John Pituch – The Bloomingdale Board of Education candidate lost by one vote after his son forgot to mail in his absentee ballot.

From our archives: What ever happened to these guys?