Winners and Losers: Week of Nov. 29th

WINNERS

Ken McDaniel

The at-large council contender – who won then officially lost after a count of absentee votes – stands to gain if a state investigation into absentee voter fraud in the Paterson municipal elections goes against embattled Councilman Rigo Rodriguez.

Fred Scalera

The 36th District assemblyman and homeland security expert resigned this week to take a job at Alcatel-Lucent, a $200,000-plus annual gig for three years.  Not bad for a hometown firefighter from Nutley. A gentleman in New Jersey politics, Scalera served with distintion

John Driscoll

The incoming Republican freeholder majority in Bergen County released notice this week that they will nominate the GOP freeholder as chairman of the board.

Claire C. Cecchi and Esther Salas

President Barack Obama this week nominated the pair of Newark-based federal court judges to the U.S. District Court. 

LOSERS

Rigo Rodriguez

The state Attorney General’s Office arrested the Paterson at-large councilman, wife, chief of staff and 11 other allies on charges of voter fraud in connection with his May re-election bid, which Rodriguez barely won. 

Mercer County GOP

A battle over control of the party organization has gotten downright nasty as members of the executive committee seek to oust Chairman Roy Wesley. In the words of an area Democratic Party operative, “I’m glad to see Republicans for a change – and not us – battling in their party.”

Donald Cresitello

The Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) slapped the former Morristown mayor with a fine for late filing of campaign finance reports during Cresitello’s 2005 run for mayor.

Mike Kasparian and John Currie

Respectively the chairmen of the Democratic organizations in Bergen and Passaic counties and technically in charge of two thirds of the 36th District were blindsided by former Assemblyman Fred Scalera’s (D-Nutley) announcement this week that Scalera had resigned his assembly seat.

New Jersey taxpayers

If getting hit with a $271 million bill for the scuttled ARC (Access to the Region’s Core) tunnel project weren’t insult enough, New Jersey residents will also have to pay the legal tab to Patton Boggs for the Christie administration’s challenge.

Winners and Losers: Week of Nov. 29th