October 4, 2000

JACK COLLINS SPECIAL EDITION

Winners   Losers
     

DONALD DIFRANCESCO

 

KEVIN O’TOOLE

The Senate President, who has carefully courted GOP leaders for a decade, is the strong front runner for the Republican nomination for Governor and will pick up key organizational support and endorsements of Republicans who had been for Collins.

 

The Essex County Republican Chairman broke with his friend and ally, Jim Treffinger, to back Collins for Governor, triggering a major intra-party feud. But O’Toole is now free to join the DiFrancesco bandwagon and parlay his endorsement into a seat in the State Senate.

BRET SCHUNDLER

 

PETER SHERIDAN

The underdog Jersey City Mayor benefits from a head-to-head contest with DiFrancesco in a race that parallels the Bush-McCain presidential contest.

 

The attorney and lobbyist was way out in front for Collins when most of his colleagues were playing both sides.

GLENN PAULSEN

 

PATRICK TORPEY

The Burlington County Republican Chairman helped deny Collins a South Jersey base by engineering the early and unanimous endorsement of DiFrancesco.

 

The Trenton lobbyist and Collins’s top political advisor has spent the last three years planning a race that will never be run.

CONSERVATIVES   NJEA

Collins’ withdrawal prevents a split among the conservative wing of the Republican Party and sets the stage for a two-man race between two candidates with very different views

 

The powerful teachers union misses out on a win-win general election contest between Jack Collins and Jim McGreevey.

STATE STREET

 

DEEP SOUTH JERSEY

Trenton lobbyists will no longer have to tread lightly, careful not to offend either the Senate President or the Speaker, and are now free to get behind DiFrancesco without fear of retribution — almost.

 

Not since Charles Sandman in 1973 have the Republicans nominated a South Jerseyan for statewide office, and Collins’ brief candidacy demonstrates how difficult it is for a candidate from South Jersey to win.

October 4, 2000