Winners and Losers: the Samson Crack-up

Somerville, New Jersey native Lee Van Cleef in a scene from Death Rides a Horse, a movie that today views like a cautionary tale about New Jersey politics.

Somerville, New Jersey native Lee Van Cleef in a scene from Death Rides a Horse, a movie that today views like a cautionary tale about New Jersey politics.

New Jersey legend Lee Van Cleef didn’t need a Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), but the principle adds up to the same thing. In the ultimate spaghetti western horse opera, Death, in fact, also rode a horse.

WINNERS

Jose Arango

The affable former assemblyman received the unanimous support of his fellow chairmen as he won another two year-term as chair of the New Jersey Republican chairs.

Omnia

Two more hospitals this week bailed on the lawsuits they had originally filed against Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield’s new tiered hospital plan otherwise known as Omnia.

Mark Goldsack

The consummate young professional made his move this week from the Assembly Majority Office to powerhouse law firm Archer Greiner.

Cory Booker

We don’t yet know if he will be Hillary Clinton’s choice for vice president, but all those years of pasting together platitudes paid off with another Democratic National Convention (DNC) speech slated for the convention later this month in Philadelphia. The senator is the only New Jerseyan primed for a big event speaking role.

Ben Bucca

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously signed off on the local land use attorney’s highly controversial nomination by Gov. Chris Christie for a superior court judgeship.

Brendan Gill

The skillful Essex County freeholder and consummate Democratic Party insider won another term as chairman of the Montclair Democratic Party.

LOSERS

Chris Christie

All the obedient second banana behavior on tarmacs and stages around the country was not enough to land the New Jersey governor a place on the ticket with billionaire real estate tycoon Donald Trump. On the same day that Trump tapped Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his ticket mate, Christie’s former mate, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey kingpin David Samson, went belly up in court with a guilty plea.

David Samson

The powerhouse attorney and insider, once known as “The General” because of his stint as a state AG, whose law firm sat on its own hill, this week turned into exhibit A for why, in the words of one depressed operative, “you don’t stay too long in this game.”

Jamie Fox

The respected insider who helped shape the careers of Senator Bob Torricelli and Governor James McGreevey, got slapped with a a charge of conspiracy by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, in connection with Samson’s hunger to land a tailored United Airlines flight for himself from Newark to Columbia, South Carolina.

The City of Passaic

Sources say the North Jersey river town is under siege by law enforcement officials investigating a possible case of corruption. There are few details at the moment but what we know is that a jittery atmosphere…