Ras Baraka

The mayoral candidate delivered a presentation of his economic development plan for Newark, which was well received by the local business community. The candidate also landed the respected Frank Baraff as head of communications for his campaign.

Peg Schaffer

The Somerset County Democratic chair hosted a successful shore fundraiser for Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono.

Al Coutinho

The Assemblyman from the 29th District made a special effort to ensure that the economic development bill he championed made it through the Legislature without any new amendments, which it did on Monday.

Steve Lonegan

The GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate is closer in the latest poll to Cory Booker than Barbara Buono is to Chris Christie, which isn’t great – and he’s still a major underdog. But Lonegan this week landed the endorsement of Gov. Christie, in addition to affirmative nods from U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4) and Acting U.S. Sen. Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ). Lonegan also forced Booker to engage and essentially identify his existence in the contest, and there were doubts about whether or not that would actually happen. But before the Lonegan camp gets too carried away, Booker did get the leader of the free world to weigh in with an endorsement this week, after all – and he’s still way up.

Faustino Fernandez-Vina

It’s cool to have a judge around with a name like Faustino – if you’re a Christopher Marlow fan. But how comfortable would you feel having Faust decide your fate upon the scales of justice? Apparently Christie doesn’t have a problem with it. He nominated Fernandez-Vina to the state Supreme Court.

Nicole Davidman

Christie’s fundraising maven had a good week, helping to shepherd the formidable incumbent into another good showing as he qualified for matching funds. Christie’s filing will nearly reach the state’s $4.22 million general election cap and give him more than $8 million ahead of the November election.

Gubernatorial Winner – Chris Christie

It was a better than average week for challenger Buono, who saw movement in the polls for the first time, as a Monmouth University tally put her 20 (not 30, as it had previously) points behind the incumbent Republican. But Christie submitted his full complement of matching funds this week, putting him well ahead in the money race. He also stood onstage with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan of the Obama Administration, who could’ve doubled as Christie’s press secretary.


Maura DeNicola

The Bergen County Freeholder found herself at the center of a bruising controversy after law enforcement apparently reflected competing – and potentially politically motivated – interests at a traffic stop of the GOP freeholder, who’s up for re-election this year. 

Joe Scarpa

The Emerson Council this week voted against a two-year contract extension for the longtime borough administrator, who is running for an Assembly seat this year on the Republican LD 38 ticket.

Helen Hoens

No, it didn’t happen this week, but last week’s U.S. Senate Primary forced us to spill some of last week’s players into this week, including the veteran state Supreme Court Judge, whom Christie announced he would not nominate for lifetime tenure on the state Supreme Court.

David Larsen

Having lost to U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) twice, the likeable Tewksbury businessman was hoping to get some traction off a Lonegan Senate candidacy this year toward another go at Lance. But the sitting congressman served as the opening act for Lonegan-Christie this week while Larsen was reduced to sign waving in the crowd.