March 30, 2001

Winners   Losers
     

PAUL LEVINSOHN

 

ISABEL MIRANDA

The McGreevey Finance Chairman leads New Jersey Democrats to raise a record $8.1 Million for the fall elections with the party poised to finance Democratic challengers in races that would normally favor GOP incumbents.

 

The former Acting State Treasurer had a shorter tenure than Linda Chavez and Zoe Baird as she withdraws her nomination to the cabinet post following allegations that she was fired by Citibank for misusing her expense account to conduct an extra marital affair with a co-worker.

DAVID HALBFINGER

 

KEITH WALKER

The New York Times’ Trenton reporter writes a front page story that toppled the Acting Governors choice of Isabel Miranda as State Treasurer in just 48 hours.

 

The Camden mayoral candidate, needing a Judge to permit him to file petitions after he arrived a few minutes past the filing deadline, now finds himself off the ballot when the City Clerk rules his petitions don’t have enough valid signatures.

LARRY BARTELS

 

PETER VERNIERO

The Princeton University Professor becomes the most powerful person in New Jersey politics, for now, following his appointment by the Chief Justice as the Chairman and tie-breaking member of the Legislative Redistricting Commission.

 

The Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court hits a career-low as he’s forced to testify about his handling of racial profiling as state Attorney General before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Verniero continues to lose support among GOP Senators, and two Democratic Assemblymembers have called for his impeachment.

JOHN INGLESINO

 

ANTHONY RUSSO

The Mayor of Rockaway wins a first ballot victory in a special election for Morris County Freeholder after a smart and artful campaign gets him 50% of the vote in a six candidate field.

 

The Hoboken Mayor is accused of threatening to send city building inspectors to Stevens Tech fraternity houses to cite them for code violations if the university didn’t cooperate with the city’s agenda

JACQUELYN HAYES-BYRD

 

N.J. REPUBLICANS

The former Whitman staffer and Trenton resident has been named White House Director of Management. Her job includes facility management of the White House and the Old Executive Office Building.

 

Bad, bad week for the GOP: the Miranda nomination, the Verniero hearings, the Bartels appointment, the DiFrancesco ethics investigation, and the $8 Million Democratic warchest.

March 30, 2001