Winners and Losers: Week of Sept. 27th



David Samson

The Christie inner circle confidante and legal brain who headed up the transition team received the governor’s backing this week to chair the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Barbara Buono

After failing in her first try a week ago, the Senate Majority Leader prevailed this week when she secured subpoena power to cross-examine former state Department of Education Commissioner Bret Schundler.

Steve Sweeney

Down votes with the absence yesterday of state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Elizabeth), the Senate President landed state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark) to line his caucus up behind Buono’s subpoena resolution and hit the magic 21-vote mark.

Phil Haines

No, it’s not a done deal, but the gentlemanly Burlington County senator appears poised to become a superior court judge. Gov. Chris Christie yesterday submitted a notice of intent to the senate to move the Republican’s nomination. If approved, Haines would fulfill a longtime ambition.

Hoboken Police officers

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced this week that she foresees being able to save the jobs of 18 cops, whom she formerly thought she would have to lay off as the mile-square city confronts a top-heavy department.



Wayne Bryant

The busted former state senator absorbed another indictment this week as the U.S. Attorney’s Office charged him with taking $192,000 in exchange for greasing the legislative wheels for Petty’s Island, Encap and the Cramer Hill Development projects.

Eric Wisler

Feds on Monday indicted the former DeCotiis lawyer along with Bryant for scheming to deprive Bryant’s constituents of the senator’s honest services. Wisler is charged with paying Bryant monthly installments of $9,000 in exchange for the ex-Camden senator’s help in ram-rodding big dollar development projects.

Newark City workers

Two days after an Oprah-Zuckerberg-Booker-Christie lovesfest, over 2,000 employees of New Jersey’s biggest city received letters from the Booker administration notifying them that their jobs are on the line as Newark wrestles with a budget crisis.

Joe Cryan

The Assembly Majority Leader this week proposed a bill that would exempt police and fire costs from Christie’s two-percent property tax cap, and Sweeney promptly quashed the idea – at least on his turf – branding Cryan’s legislative salvo “dead on arrival” in the state senate.

Lou Greenwald

The Voorhees assemblyman failed to secure the votes necessary to override Christie’s veto of his homebuyer tax credit bill.

Winners and Losers: Week of Sept. 27th