PRIMARY ELECTION 2005 SPECIAL EDITION

This list does not include what is obvious, that candidates who win are winners. That’s why Jon Corzine and Doug Forrester don’t make this list. And electoral losers are, by definition, just that. But sometimes candidates can win even when they lose, especially when they are young, like John Murphy’s 11% in the race for Governor or Mark Peck’s strong third place finish in the 23rd district Assembly primary. This list, in alphabetical order, are just some of the people who won and lost this week. And perhaps the big winners of all are not even listed: the advertising sales representatives for New York and Philadelphia television stations — with two millionaires running for Governor, they are all about to make their Christmas bonuses early.

CRAIG CALLAWAY

PETER BARNES III
The Atlantic City Council President, who dropped his own mayoral bid and then threw his support behind Bob Levy, is now the most powerful man in Atlantic City. The Edison Council President is no longer the heir apparent to the 18th district Assembly seat when his father retires. If he wins in November, Jun Choi leapfrogs ahead of him
COLETTE CAMPBELL
JOHN BENNETT
The 25-year-old Lonegan for Governor campaign manager is the new Republican State Committeewoman from Bergen County after ousting a 40-year incumbent. More than 11,000 Monmouth GOP voters declined to vote for the embattled ex-Senate President, who stood next to Joe Azzolina on election night, in his unopposed race for State Committeeman.
JIM CARROLL
PETER EAGLER
The Atlantic County Democratic Chairman stared down key state Democratic leaders seeking to protect Lorenzo Langford and put about $300,000 behind the campaign to nominate Bob Levy for Mayor. The State Assemblyman and Passaic County Freeholder goes from being a dual officeholder to having nothing after seriously misplaying his hand this year.
JOSEPH CRYAN
STEVE FORBES
The State Assemblyman and Democratic State Committee Vice Chairman steps up as his party’s premier attack dog, keeping his side in the news during a GOP-dominated election cycle. Maybe Steve Lonegan had it right when he said in the last debate: “Who cares what Steve Forbes thinks.” The millionaire magazine publisher and two-time presidential candidate from Somerset County was unable to help Bret Schundler raise money or sell his property tax plan.
ALEX DECROCE
JACK GIBSON
The Assembly Minority Leader took a risk when he endorsed Doug Forrester over Morris County favorite-son John Murphy, and watched his “30-in-3” property tax plan survive (for now) the scrutiny of a statewide primary. The GOP Assemblyman is stuck running on a ticket with an accidental candidate in a truly competitive legislative district and is beginning to look like a goner.
JOSEPH DORIA
GEORGE GILMORE
The Hudson County State Senator and Mayor of Bayonne helps defeat his local rival, Assemblyman and Bayonne Councilman Anthony Chiappone. Chiappone’s loss in Bayonne probably helps Doria avoid a mayoral challenge next time. Perhaps the #1 Loser this year, the Ocean County GOP Chairman backed Bob Schroeder, who finished a distant third in Ocean County — making this the second gubernatorial cycle where Gilmore’s candidate didn’t carry his county.
GERALD GREEN
JOSEPH GINDHART
The veteran State Assemblyman plays a huge role in the defeat of his local nemesis, Plainfield Mayor Albert McWilliams. The Atlantic County laywer was one of the key guys behind Lorenzo Langford’s bid for renomination to second term as Mayor of Atlantic City.
THE JERSEY GUYS
GUY GREGG
Frankly, there was a coin toss as to which column NJ101.5’s Craig Carton and Ray Rossi should be in. They are winners because the put Edison mayoral candidate Jun Choi on the map, showing that what this New Jersey-based radio station says and does means something in local politics. The Sussex County Assemblyman who thought he was the next GOP State Chairman could not even deliver conservative Sussex to his candidate, Bret Schundler.
FRANK LOBIONDO
REV. REGINALD JACKSON
The South Jersey Congressman was one of Doug Forrester’s first major endorsements. The endorsement of the Executive Director of the New Jersey Black Ministers Council in the 31st district Democratic Assembly primary brought his candidate practically no votes at all.
KEVIN O’TOOLE, LEN CONNORS, CHRIS CONNORS & BRIAN RUMPF
DICK KAMIN
The Essex County GOP Chairman backed Doug Forrester over his home county candidate and Assembly colleague, Paul DiGaetano. Forrester won Essex by a wide margin. The Ocean County legislators played a decisive role by breaking with their county organization to endorse Forrester. The former Assemblyman is the mercenary no one wants: he sought jobs with Doug Forrester and Steve Lonegan before winding up back on the Schundler team. The Schundler campaign said he did nothing for them; indeed, Schundler came in third in Kamin’s Morris County.
GLENN PAULSEN
PAT KRAMER
When Doug Forrester’s campaign seemed to be in trouble, the former Burlington County GOP Chairman stepped in to play a major behind-the-scenes role. The boy wonder Mayor of Paterson in the 1960’s and later a very real contender for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, his comeback bid to seize control of the Passaic GOP fell flat.
BILL PASCOE
JOE LEO
Bret Schundler lost, but his campaign spokesman, Bill Pascoe, was at the top of his game. The Middlesex GOP Chairman backed Joe Azzolina for Assembly, and his county, where Bret Schundler had the line, went for Doug Forrester.
ANDREW POAG
JOHN LYNCH
The new Democratic State Committee communications staffer was the talent behind some fun flash animation ads that helped create a buzz among insiders of both parties. The former Senate President and de facto boss of Middlesex politics, lost a big fish when his candidate, George Spadoro, was ousted as Mayor of Edison, the county’s second largest town.
KEN SNYDER
KIERAN MAHONEY
Through an aggressive TV campaign, general and media consultant helped oust Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford, who started with a huge lead and high approvals. The D’Amato/Pataki campaign veteran signed on to run Paul DiGaetano’s campaign for Governor in November 2003; twenty months and a million dollars later, DiGaetano finished sixth, with 6% of the vote.
EVAN STAVISKY
DREW MCCROSSON
The New York-based political consultant ran the campaign of Jun Choi for Mayor of Edison, ousting a seemingly popular three-term Mayor by a thousand vote margin. The Upper Township Committeeman will be remembered as the top target Assembly candidate who simply forgot (as the story goes) to file his petitions.
GREG STEVENS
PHIL MORIN
The media consultant was the one responsible for moving Doug Forrester off primary election messages that weren’t working, like Dan Rather and ethics brooms, and on to an easy to understand plan to cut property taxes — and toward some hard-hitting negative ads that defeated the man to beat. Union was the only county in the state where Doug Forrester had the organization line and didn’t carry the county — not good for the newly-elected GOP County Chairman.
TOM SULLIVAN
GOP ORGANIZATION LINES
The advertising executive from West Windsor who had never run a campaign before stepped up to help his old friend, Doug Forrester, and gets to join the elite club of people who managed successful gubernatorial primaries in New Jersey. For the second consecutive Republican gubernatorial primary, organization lines did not really matter. Organization-backed candidates in Bergen, Middlesex, Ocean, Passaic, Sussex and Warren counties did not carry those counties.
MICHAEL WARNER
JAMES PIRO
The new Burlington County GOP Chairman was the first party boss to deliver a line for Doug Forrester, and backed up his endorsement with a 4,000 vote plurality — a quarter of Forrester’s total statewide margin. The former Essex County GOP Chairman tried to be the Glenn Paulsen of the DiGaetano for Governor campaign — that didn’t work out quite as well — for him or for his candidate.
LARRY WEITZNER
DOUGLAS STEINHARDT
The GOP political consultant worked for Doug Forrester, and for Amy Handlin on her successful bid to oust Joe Azzolina in the 13th district. The Warren County GOP Chairman tried to dump one of his Freeholders — one who fired him from his county job — but his candidate got only 40% of the vote.
TOM WILSON
GUY TALARICO
With Doug Forrester as the nominee, the Republican State Chairman, elected last year when Joe Kyrillos stepped down, probably gets to keep his job. Some insiders think that would have happened anyway, since Bret Schundler was hinting in recent weeks that he genuinely thought Wilson was doing a good job. For the Bergen GOP Chairman, it was the worst showing for any candidate ever to run for Governor with the endorsment of the county organization: Paul DiGaetano came in 4th in Bergen.
PRIMARY ELECTION 2005 SPECIAL EDITION