It’s too early to say whether his national campaigning will produce wins or losses for Gov. Chris Christie here in the Land of Woodrow Wilson.
Will his tramping tour of California (a loss for Meg Whitman) and Ohio (a win for John Kasich) ultimately result in an inevitability factor around a 2012 presidential run, or will his politicizing elsewhere undo him organizationally in New Jersey over the long term?
Then there’s Christie’s arch-nemesis, U.S. Sen. Bob Menedez (D-Hoboken), whose allies in Bergen County lost, dealing a blow to Menendez’s base. Jon Corzine’s loss last year, Union City Mayor Brian P. Stack’s decision against assuming chairmanship of the troubled Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO), and Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo’s increasing alliance with Gov. Chris Christie all present challenges to the Democratic leader. But while the GOP routed Dems nationwide on Tuesday, Menendez as chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee staunched the bleeding by keeping the senate majority in Democratic Party hands.
We don’t know yet how it plays out for Christie and Menendez; all we know is this week’s winners and losers, which you will find below.
After Tuesday night, the Bergen County Republican Chairman now has 5-2 control of the freeholder board.
Chief campaign strategist for Bergen County Executive-elect Kathe Donovan, Marcus assumes a leading role on Donovan’s transition team as Republicans take charge of Hackensack.
A loser last year as campaign manager of Gov. Jon Corzine, Moran served as a campaign consultant for New York Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo. She was even able to get home to Belmar from New York Tuesday night in time to stand by her husband’s side as Mayor-elect Matt Doherty celebrated a hard-won local victory.
The savvy GOP consultant helped U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan win in the 3rd Congressional District against tough Democratic incumbent John Adler. Russell also helped 12th Congressional District challenger Scott Sipprelle come within a few points of defeating U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-Hopewell Twp.).
Maybe Meg Whitman, Christine O’Donnell and Linda McMahon lost elsewhere, but 2010 proved a good year for female candidates in New Jersey. State Sen.-elect Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro) and Sheriff-elect Mille Scott won in Middlesex, while Bergen County Executive-elect Kathe Donovan became one of the most powerful elected officials in the state. True, Highlands Mayor Anna C. Little lost, but if you look at the 6th Congressional District on paper and the registration advantage enjoyed by Democrats, the fact that Little made Pallone allies sweat was a victory in and of itself.
The Bergen County Democratic Chairman lost control of the county and the Bergen County executive’s chair, unleashing inevitable backchatter from those Democrats who will want to change course in favor of a new party leader. Factions led by senators Loretta Weinberg, Paul Sarlo and lame duck Sheriff Leo McGuire are already jockeying for a successor.
A Superior Court Judge gave the former Democratic Assemblyman from Roselle five years for looking at child pornography on the legislative office computer.
A year after the Passaic County GOP chairman swept Democrats in countywide races, Rumana put himself in an even better position to win when Passaic County Sherriff took a job at Port Authority – and took himself off the Democratic ticket as a lethal threat. But Rumana’s two freeholder candidates failed to eke out a win against the Democrats.
The Senate President picked up a key win to enhance his caucus to 24 votes, but Gov. Chris Christie was never bashful about peeling Democrats out of there when he needs them. The pickup of state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro) was more than offset by Sweeney being forced to digest a painful loss in his backyard of Gloucester County, where two Republican freeholder candidates won.
The N.J. Tea Party movement
Certainly, Highlands Mayor Anna Little’s followers can feel proud of their candidate’s never-say-die candidacy in the 6th District, but Sarah Palin and her band of fellow Mama Grizzlies appear to be regional non-factors in politics here. Former gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan was forced to go way out of his wheelhouse to summon enthusiasm for candidates in the Blue Ridge Mountains and elsewhere south of the Mason Dixon Line.