April 13, 2001

Winners   Losers
     

TOM GIBLIN

 

CHUCK HAYTAIAN

The Democratic State Chairman proves that
preparation, a plan, and the will to fight, wins the redistricting contest. This map may be his legacy.

 

The outgoing state chairman loses his job in a week where his party’s lack of preparation may have cost them control of state government for a decade.

DICK CODEY

 

PAUL DIGAETANO

The Senate Minority Leader delivers at home for Essex and statewide for his Democratic caucus.

 

The Assembly Majority Leader isn’t just worried about keeping a GOP majority and becoming Speaker — now he’s concerned that he won’t even win his own district.

JOHN BENNETT

 

NORMAN ROBERTSON

The Republican Senate Leader heightens his statewide appeal among Republicans by being the only one willing to fight for a Republican map, even at the last minute.

 

The Passaic Republican Senator is a one-termer for sure, with a new district that includes Democratic areas like East Orange.

NIA GILL & BARBARA BUONO

 

KEVIN O’TOOLE

The Democratic Assemblywomen are likely to move up to the State Senate together next year.

 

The Assemblyman and Essex GOP Chairman was bound for the State Senate until the map comes back.

GARY FURNARI

 

MARION CRECCO

The freshman Democratic Senator, long the target of GOP mapmakers, gets a winnable district and a shot at the Judiciary chairmanship.

 

The eight-term Essex Assemblywoman got the worst district of any Republican legislator.

JOE FERRIERO

 

LOIS JOHNSON

The Bergen County Democratic Chairman got his way — a more competitive 38th district and a chance to beat Lou Kosco, Nick Felice and Rose Heck.

 

The Morris County Republican Chairwoman was ineffective as a member of the Redistricting Commission and unable to increase the size of her county’s legislative delegation.

JIM MCGREEVEY

 

DON DIFRANCESCO

The Democratic candidate for Governor watches yet another cog fall neatly into place as he works toward Democratic control of the Senate and Assembly.

 

The Acting Governor, looking at bad poll results, is under added pressure to remake his image now that legislators need his coattails to survive.

ESSEX DEMOCRATS

 

PETER MURPHY

Under the new plan, Essex Democrats add one Senate seat and at least two Assembly seats.

 

The new map will leave Passaic Republicans without any GOP legislators next year.

UNPACKING

 

REPUBLICANS

This theory of redistricting takes the Democrats to the verge of total control of New Jersey politics.

 

A bad map and a faltering Acting Governor put the GOP in a position of losing everything this year — and perhaps the next 8 to 10.

April 13, 2001