Winners and Losers: week of Nov. 8th


Todd Caliguire

The GOP freeholders-elect this week tapped the former freeholder to lead their transition team as Republicans prepare to take charge of Bergen County.

Steve Fulop

The downtown Jersey City Councilman on Thursday night raised $40,000 toward a 2013 mayoral run. Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin and North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos co-hosted the event.

Ruben Ramos

The 33rd Disrict assmblyman’s district in Hoboken’s 4th Ward overwhelmingly backed Councilman-elect Tim Occhipinti over Michael Lenz last week, fueling speculation that Ramos will be able to consolidate backyard support for a future mayoral run against Zimmer. 

Mercer-Middlesex Democratic polical operatives

An oversight not to mention them last week. Sarah Steward, campaign manager of U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-Hopewell Twp.) and a campaign team consisting of Liz Meyers, Scott Snyder and Michael Muller for state Sen.-elect Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro) ran solid operations respectively that won Holt re-election against a tough candidate in Scott Sipprelle in the 12th District and carried Greenstein over tenacious incumbent Tom Goodwin in the 14th Legislative District.

Tom Hooker

In honor of Veteran’s Day. A WWII Navy vet and the father of NJN News anchor Jim Hooker a few weeks ago paid a visit to the U.S.S. New Jersey, 60 years after seeing her in Tokyo Bay when he supplied the ship as a crew member of the U.S.S. Cheleb. 



Bob Menendez

Up for re-election in 2012, the Democratic senator now must go into hard-boiled rebuilding phase at home. He has a 38% approval rating, according to Quinnipiac University.

Barack Obama

The President now stands at the lowest point yet of his tenure with New Jersey voters as 46% approve of the job he is doing in the White House. This is the 2008 presidential canidate who won New Jersey with 57% of the vote. 

Donald Codey

The former general manager of Freehold Raceway Park and brother of former Gov. Richard J. Codey avoided prison but received a five-year term of probation for stealing raceway promitional vouchers.  

Chris Christie

True, the governor received good news this week as Quinnipiac University released a poll showing his approval rating at 51% and support for his decision opposing the Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) tunnel project. But ghosts from the campaign trail clattered back into the picture as a federal inspector general released a report noting Christie’s lavish lodging habits while he was U.S. Attorney. The guv also questioned global warming out-loud, soliloquizing that might prompt someone to hand him a bullhorn in Idaho, but can’t ultimately help him here. A town hall meeting in which at least one Jersey guy tenaciously went toe-to-toe with the governor likewise showed paint coming off the Christie barn. 

Frank Lautenberg

A poll released on the Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) project showed support for Christie’s decision to drive a stake in the project. That was 53% of those polled who didn’t agree with Lautenberg’s baby.  Winners and Losers: week of Nov. 8th