Winners and Losers: Week of the Hudson Crossing

Jersey City Mayoral candidate Steve Fulop’s “Swimming the Hudson” ad sent a ripple of glee through the camp of Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy.

But the Healy people weren’t laughing by the end of the week…

WINNERS

Steve Fulop

The Jersey City mayoral candidate wounded opponent Jerry Healy this week when the Fulop campaign forced the mayor to return monies apparently raised in violation of the Election Law Enforcement Commission’s rules.

Linda Greenstein

Arguably New Jersey’s most battle-tested state senator (state Sen. Jim Whelan’s no slouch either) landed former NJN Anchor Jim Hooker as her chief-of-staff in the 14thLegislative District.    

Gerald Cardinale

The incumbent state Senator from the 39th District helped his candidate Bob Auth receive enough votes at Thursday night’s NERO convention to land a second place finish in a contest for two seats. Cardinale worked hard for Auth, a former aide and the chairman of the Old Tappan Republican Committee.

Holly Schepisi

The incumbent 39th District incumbent assemblywoman was the highest vote-getter in a five-person race at the NERO convention.

Robert Andrezejcak

The Iraq War Army veteran and Purple Heart/Bronze Star recipient from Middle Township received the backing of state Sen. Jeff Van Drew’s (D-1) supporters to succeed retiring Assemblyman Matt Milam (D-1).

Bob Yudin

It’s no secret that the Bergen County Republican Organization (BCRO) Chairman and former Freeholder Rob Hermansen have had their differences in the past. Yudin didn’t want the headache of a resurgent Hermansen and NERO results put the former freeholder in a distant third place behind Auth.

Chris Christie

Not getting an invite from C-PAC allowed the governor to look wounded by national conservatives at exactly the right time – an election year in a blue state in which the Republican is seeking a second term.

Megan Jones-Holt

The wife of classy Hunterdon County Republican Freeholder Matt Holt assumed the office this week as the newest member of the Town of Clinton’s governing body. Jones-Holt fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Rich Duffy.

Peter Zampella

The 90-year-old former Jersey City councilman and former Hudson County freeholder who now lives in Arizona received a warm welcome back to Jersey City from a crowd at Mayor Jerry Healy’s Tuesday night fundraiser. 

Kevin Hagan

Congratulations to the Princeton Public Affairs lobbyist whose wife gave birth to a baby boy.

LOSERS

Jerry Healy

Facing accusations from Councilman Steve Fulop that his campaign sought to circumvent campaign finance rules at a fundraiser Wednesday, the incumbent Jersey City mayor is returning all of the money raised at the event.

Rob Hermansen

The former freeholder from Mahwah lost in his bid for NERO support to replace indicted Assemblyman Robert Schroeder (R-39).

Paul Bontempo, Rudy Garcia and Uli Diaz

The two MBI Gluck Shaw lobbyists and Verizon Vice President of Government Affairs presided over a fundraiser for Mayor Jerry Healy that in the best case scenario was a waste of time since Healy says he will return the money.

Tom Kean

Rationalizing noble detachment from the fray of politics, the state Senate minority leader continues to allow Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) to pummel him publicly ahead of next week’s AshBritt oversight committee hearings.

Karen Mastriano

The former clerk of the Bergen County Freeholder Board stunned insiders with a rather dismal fourth place finish behind Hermansen at Thursday night’s NERO convention.

Lorenzo Langford

The Atlantic City mayor’s eagerness, in his words, for a “mano-a-mano” with the governor cheapened an already cheap New Jersey political dialogue.

Charles Hall

The former Trenton city employee pleaded guilty to extortion and drug distribution in connection with an alleged bribery scheme involving indicted Trenton Mayor Tony Mack.

Robert Schroeder

Facing charges that he stole more than $1.8 million from people who loaned him money, the 39th District Assemblyman was arraigned today where he pleaded not guilty.