September 25, 2000

Winners   Losers
     

DOUGLAS FISHER

 

JON CORZINE

The Democratic Cumberland County Freeholder saw his re-election prospects boosted with Governor Whitman’s decision to locate a correctional facility for sex offenders in Woodbridge, and not in Maurice River Township. Fisher was a leading opponent of the decision to site the facility in Cumberland County.

 

The Democratic U.S. Senate candidate had another rough week after releasing a list of charitable contributions made by his foundation, including a $25,000 check to the Rev. Reginald Jackson’s church that found its way to the New Jersey Black Ministers Council — which used the money to open a political office in Trenton.

ED FARMER

 

BILL NORTHGRAVE

The Chief of Staff to Democratic Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. avoided some unnecessarily bad press last week by advising Pascrell, a heavy favorite for re-election, to accept two debate invitations with his general election opponents.

 

The Hudson County Counsel faces allegations that he helped Democratic contributor David Chang receive special treatment during a brief stay in the Hudson County Jail last year.

CORY BOOKER

 

PETER MURPHY

The Newark City Councilman put children ahead of politics last week when he welcomed GOP Senate candidate Bob Franks as a guest at a Newark charter school. Booker, a Democrat, has endorsed Jon Corzine.

 

The Bergen Record reports that Passaic County Republican Chairman is the subject of a federal corruption investigation. The paper says former County Administrator Nicola DiDonna fingered Murphy as part of his plea bargain.

FRANK LAUTENBERG   PAUL ORTENZIO

The retiring three-term Senator was honored last week by the U.S. House of Representatives, who voted to name the federal courthouse in Newark after him. In a show of bipartisan respect, Republican Frank LoBiondo co-sponsored the bill and all New Jersey House members voted yes.

 

The Clark Superintendent of Schools was criticized by a State Commission of Investigation Report, finding that he wasted $75,000 of taxpayer money by sketching his own specifications for school roof repairs without any prior roofing expertise. The SCI said Ortenzio wrote the specifications in a way that eliminated any bidding competition.

DIANE ALLEN

 

EILEEN CARLOS

The Republican State Senator, a network newscaster before entering politics, won two Emmy Awards last week. Allen’s video production company won the awards for a documentary it produced on the Camden children’s garden.

 

The Tabernacle Township Committeewoman admitted to parking in a handicapped parking zone at a township recreational facility last month.

LAVONNE JOHNSON   RANDY CORMAN
The former Willingboro Mayor helped unite a divided Burlington County Democratic Party by agreeing to run for Freeholder. Democrats had trouble filling the spot on the ticket, left vacant when Bob McCullough withdrew, after party officials deadlocked on two other candidates last week.   The former Republican State Senator and School Board member made a stink about Jon Corzine’s visit to a Sayreville Middle School, saying that his appearance would be too political. The Superintendent of Schools bowed to the pressure and cancelled Corzine’s appearance at the last minute.
September 25, 2000