April 20, 2001

Winners Losers

JIM MCGREEVEY

DON DIFRANCESCO

Amidst the furor of the Republican primary, the Woodbridge Mayor continues to improve his chances of becoming New Jersey’s next Governor.

It can’t get much worse for the scandal plagued Acting Governor, who spent the week defending accusations of legal and ethical conflicts.

BRET SCHUNDLER

BOB TORRICELLI

The Jersey City Mayor continues to gain in his campaign for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, and may be just one week of TV ads away from being the new front runner.

The senior U.S. Senator is accused of accepting expensive gifts and cash from convicted felon David Chang.

GLEN GILMORE

RONALD RICE

The Mayor of Hamilton led the move to get Sam Plumeri in the Senate race, saw an ally win a key school board race, an got poll results back showing him with an amazingly high approval rating.

The Democratic State Senator from Newark now faces ex-Assemblyman Willie Brown in the primary, having lost the support of Newark Mayor Sharpe James.

NEW YORK TIMES

JOEL WEINGARTEN

The New York newspaper reshaped the landscape of New Jersey politics this week with stories on DiFrancesco and Torricelli..

The Essex Assemblyman lost party support for re-election after redistricting put him in a Union County-majority district.

SOURCES

REPUTATION

Unnamed sources were in vogue this week for newspapers and websites.

News reports about DiFrancesco, Torricelli and Verniero help tarnish the image of NJ politics — the worst in 25 years.

April 20, 2001