July 24, 2000

Winners   Losers
     

GEORGE NORCROSS

 

DONALD DIFRANCESCO

The South Jersey Democratic powerhouse assembled an impressive package of South Jersey support for Bob Torricelli’s gubernatorial campaign, positioning himself as one of Torch’s most influential backers and advisors.

 

The State Senate President and front runner for the Republican gubernatorial nomination is now the subject ofintense speculation that he will pass on a bid for Drumthwacket and not face Torricelli in a general election.

BOB MENENDEZ

 

RAYMOND LESNIAK

The Democratic Congressman from Hudson County was called to Nashville last week to help lead a national Al Gore for President campaign meeting focusing on Hispanic voters. Menendez has emerged as a top Gore advisor, and while he probably won’t be Vice President, he could emerge as a top contender for a cabinet post.

 

The influential Union County State Senator had 2001 wired: his prot©g©, Jim McGreevey was supposed to be the Democratic nominee, and his personal friend, Don DiFrancesco, was going to be the GOP candidate. Either way, Lesniak thought he would be a winner.

HENK SHOTMEYER

 

TOM PANKOK

The Bergen County Republican Chairman has improved his chances of electing another GOP County Executive if incumbent Pat Schuber retires in two years. With Torricelli running for Governor, Bergen Republicans won’t have to worry about his coattails in 2002.

 

The Salem County Democratic Chairman signed a letter urging Bob Torricelli to run for Governor, then changed his mind when he realized the Democratic leaders of Cumberland and Gloucester didn’t sign. It’s a good thing Torch doesn’t hold grudges!

MICHAEL MURPHY

 

ROBERTA STERN

The former Morris County Prosecutor wasted no time in saying he would forgo a gubernatorial campaign if Bob Torricelli wanted to run. If Torch winds up not running, Murphy is well positioned to inherit much of Torricelli’s organizational support.

 

The aide to Bob Torricelli took the 5th Amendment and declined to testify before a Grand Jury investigating illegal campaign contributions to Torricelli’s 1996 U.S. Senate campaign.

HENRY AMOROSO

   

The Bergen lawyer and GOP fundraiser will open a new restaurant in Washington, DC on August 4th; West 24 is owned by Amoroso and political insiders James Carville and Mary Matalin. Amoroso also owns a hot, new restaurant in Totowa: Medditeraneo, with Peter Murphy and Paul DiGaetano.

 
July 24, 2000