Winners and Losers: Tuesday is Election Day

WINNERS

Anibal Ramos

The councilman from Newark’s North Ward had a successful kick-off Thursday to his 2014 mayoral bid. This wasn’t a campaign launch, it was an occupation.  

20,000 prison inmates  

The state Comptroller this week found that 20,000 prison inmates had received more than $23 million in state benefits including unemployment benefits, Medicaid coverage and other financial assistance.

Kent St. John

The retiring longtime Senate secretary was honored in the upper chamber this week for his three and a half years of service.

Steve Sweeney

Sweeney’s signature gun control measure was finally passed by the Senate this week after a two-week delay and war of words with Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr.

Steve Fulop/Jerry Healy 

The two Jersey City politicos put aside the hangover from a bitterly fought campaign that included lawsuits and mudslinging to attend President Obama’s speech in Asbury Park.  Healy, who was endorsed by Obama, provided the ticket for Fulop. Cynics say he’s angling for a job while supporters say he’s just a nice guy.

Chris Christie

Christie again had a newsworthy week, hitting the boardwalk with President Obama and even high-fiving the president over a game of “Touchdown Fever.”

James Barberio

The Republican mayor of Parsippany received the coveted endorsement of the governor.

LOSERS

Chris Brown

The 8th District Republican was forced to apologize for blurring the line between government and politics when he issued an invitation to a get out the vote event on Assembly Republican letterhead.

Robert Barchi

The Rutgers President saw his university’s bond rating dropped this week and his reputation continue to be dinged by athletic scandals.  He received some influential backing in the form of Gov. Chris Christie and five former governors from both parties, but the latest scandal over the hiring of new Athletic Director Julie Hermann continues to embroil him.

John Bencivengo

The convicted former mayor of Hamilton Township reported to prison this week as inmate number 64435-050.  Bencivengo will serve out his 38-month sentence for bribery and other offenses at the minimum-security prison camp at the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kan.

Sharon Robinson-Briggs

The incumbent mayor of Plainfield staggers into Election Day minus key organizational support as the CWA this week announced its backing of challenger Adrian Mapp.

Winners and Losers: Tuesday is Election Day