September 18, 2000

Winners   Losers




The Republican State Chairman took on Democratic Senate candidate Jon Corzine on his refusal to release records of his non-profit foundation, and called on the Internal Revenue Service not to grant Corzine an extension.


The Hamilton Board of Education member and GOP activist decided to hold a golf tournament to boost his campaign warchest right in the middle of a strike by local teachers. Labor negotiations on that day were delayed so some board members could attend the all day tournament and dinner..




The State Senator and Nutley Commissioner has called for an investigation into the whereabouts of township-owned television equipment that had been in the possession of the Orechio Broadcasting Company, the powerful local media company that was owned by the brother of Nutley Commissioner Carmen Orechio.


The Commissioner of Community Affairs hired Norton Bonaparte to become the Camden City Administrator, only to watch the state Local Finance Board decide that the City Council can decide between Kenny’s choice and the candidate nominated by embattled Mayor Milton Milan.




The South Jersey AFL-CIO President has quietly recruited several dozen union members to become involved in the political process by running for local office, an investment which will boost his clout among rank and file South Jersey Democrats in the future.


The Union City Mayor, facing a recall election, was in near meltdown at his press conference outside his opponents campaign headquarters, as over 100 demonstrators caught him off guard.


There were two outstanding examples of investigate reporting this week: Jeff Pillets’ Bergen Record story on Jon Corzine’s limited partnership in a company that operates a string of trailer parks; and Ted Sherman’s Star-Ledger story on the immense political power of State Senator Raymond Lesniak.


The Republican members of the Passaic County Board of Elections are under fire for their failure to fill 111 of the 140 bilingual election board worker posts that was required under a consent decree between Passaic County and the U.S. Department of Justice. Passaic Democrats say they’ve filled all 140 spots.




The Finance Director for Dick Zimmer’s congressional campaign has organized a fundraiser next month hosted by GOP fundraiser Steve Kalafer and headlined by New York Yankees Manager Joe Torre and bench coach Don Zimmer. The two Zimmer’s, we’re told, are not related.


The Hudson County pol posted two items on the Message Board ripping Hudson County Executive Bob Janiszewski and other Democratic leaders. But he had revealed his own e-mail address in his messages and contacted us by phone and e-mail begging us to delete the posting that had caused him to be in an “uncomfortable situation.” We were happy to oblige. For the record, has no way to know track an ISP address — unless, of course, the author types it in on his/her own.

September 18, 2000