June 26, 2000

Winners   Losers
     

RAFAEL FRAGUELA

 

THOMAS KEAN, SR.

The Union City Commissioner has been tapped as the front runner to run for the 33rd district State Assembly seat next year, succeeding Rudy Garcia.

 

The former Governor is losing respect within the state GOP by his refusal to support Mike Ferguson in the 7th district. Ferguson beat his son in a tough primary, but Republicans are desperate to hold this seat to protect their majority in Washington.

JUDY ORSEN

 

PAT POLITANO

The Wayne Council President will become Acting Mayor after incumbent David Waks wins Senate confirmation as a Superior Court Judge.

 

The Hudson County political operative is paying the price for his alliance with unpopular Union City Mayor Rudy Garcia: he lost two more lucrative public relations contracts recently.

DAVID DELVECCHIO

 

BOB SMITH

The Mayor of Lambertville and longtime political operative has enhanced his insider clout by winning election as the Hunterdon County Democratic Chairman.

 

The Middlesex County Assemblyman is taking heat for behind-the-scenes maneuvers aimed at denying the party line to Piscataway Democratic Mayor Helen Merrolla.

PEGGY KARCHER

 

MAURO TUCCI

The widow of former Assembly Speaker and gubernatorial candidate Alan Karcher has launched her own political career with an appointment to the Princeton Borough Council.

 

The Nutley Commissioner-elect is under fire for taking the post of Bloomfield Township Administrator — the latest trophy in what seems to be a large collection of political jobs for Tucci and his family.

DAVID SILVERMAN

 

RAYMOND KRUM

The Shrewsbury Democrat lost the June 6 primary for Township Committee, but became the nominee when winner John Ceppaluni was found to be registered to vote as a Republican in nearby Oceanport.

 

The Carteret School Board member faces charges of harassment and assault after getting into a heated argument with a disgruntled ex school board employee.

June 26, 2000