August 2, 2000

Winners   Losers
     

GEORGE GILMORE

 

BOB FRANKS

The Ocean County Republican Chairman is hosting the hottest party of the Republican National Convention: an exclusive Commerce National Bank dinner at the Four Seasons hotel. Each County GOP Chairman is allowed only one guest, making the event the place to be for the New Jersey political elite.

 

The Republican candidate for U.S. Senator didn’t catch a break on George W. Bush’s selection of a running mate. Most of the Vice Presidential finalists would have helped Franks in New Jersey — Tom Ridge, George Pataki, John Kasich, Elizabeth Dole and John Kasich; Dick Cheney does nothing for Franks in New Jersey.

JIM MCGREEVEY

 

FRANK PALLONE

The Woodbridge Mayor, replaced as the front-runner for Governor by Bob Torricelli, continues to fight for his survival. Last week he received the backing of four County Chairmen and demonstrated some significant labor support.

 

The six-term Democratic Congressman continues to explore a run for Governor, but if he does, he won’t have his shore base intact. Pallone ally Al Santoro, the Ocean County Democratic Chairman, came out for Jim McGreevey last week.

BOB TORRICELLI

 

JOE SANSONE

The new Democratic gubernatorial front runner received the endorsement of key South Jersey Democrats and labor leaders as he continues to pick up support all over New Jersey.

 

The conservative leader took over the New Jersey Reform Party in order to help Pat Buchanan win the Reform nomination. Now Buchanan has been disqualified as a candidate and may not be able to compete at all.

MICHAEL ARON

 

ANDREW CONSOVOY

The New Jersey Network political reporter scored a coup this week when he interviewed powerful South Jersey Democratic leader George Norcross, a key player in the Torricelli for Governor campaign. Norcross rarely gives TV interviews.

 

The one-time star GOP political operative resigned as Chairman of the New Jersey Parole Board and faces a possible criminal investigation.

GERALD SCHER

 

KENNETH GIBSON

The millionaire Bergen County businessman, serving a 16-year sentence for manslaughter and drunk driving, was invited to socialize with GOP presidential candidate George W. Bush during the Republican National Convention — in exchange for a campaign contribution.

 

The former four-term Mayor of Newark, once a national political leader, was indicted last week on charges that he bilked the Irvington Board of Education out of more than $1 Million.

August 2, 2000