Winners and Losers: Week of May 9th

Winners

Felix Roque

As an anti-establishment victor in Tuesday’s nonpartisan election, it’s obvious that he would lead the list this week. The mayor-elect of West New York will get sworn-in Tuesday.

Dawn Zimmer

The anti-establishment mayor of Hoboken gained control of the council as her team unseated incumbent Councilman Nino Giacchi.

Joe Kyrillos

National nonprofit employment and home development organization Community Options today honored the Monmouth County state senator with a national disabilities advocate award at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton.

Tony Bucco

The veteran GOP senator picked up the endorsement of Gov. Chris Christie in his primary showdown with Morris County Freeholder Bill Chegwidden.

Joe DeMarco

The lowkey Bernardsville councilman successfully piloted Roque’s West New York campaign to victory against an organization run by proven operatives Paul Swibinsky and Tommy Bertoli.

Thom Amirrato

His candidates didn’t win, but the Passaic County message-maker caused the incumbents to sweat in North Bergen with an aggressive opposition reasearch campaign against Mayor Nick Sacco. 

Gary Schaer and Alex Blanco

The Passaic Assemblyman easily won re-election to the Passaic City Council on Tuesday as the Schaer/Blanco Orthodox Jew/Latino alliance once again demonstrated local political power.

Michael Russo

After a brutal couple of months fighting charges of Dwek affiliation and a dedicated campaign by the mayor to get rid of him, the Hoboken councilman won a gritty re-election Tuesday. 

Adoptees

The assembly this week voted in favor of a bill that would give adoptees access to their original birth certificates, something they have fought for for the past 30 years.  The governor has yet to sign the bill and is keeping his intentions close to the vest.

Losers

Bob Menendez

The U.S. Senator attached his brand name to incumbent West New York Mayor Silverio “Sal” Vega, who lost in a devastating showdown with Felix Roque on Tuesday.

Mark Smith

The Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) chairman was able to shake North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco’s hand after Sacco delivered a concussive victory Tuesday, but West New York Sal Vega’s loss stung Smith, who left Town Hall visibly upset after the clerk delivered the results.

Gerry Lange

Whether or not he inititiated the encounter is still at issue, but the outgoing West New York commissioner scrapped with a local newswoman on Election Day, getting distracted from shaking voters’ hands. 

Boat Salesmen

The governor remained adamant this week that accumulated sick leave should have no cash value to retiring employees.  Dubbed the “boat check”, because retiring public employees have a habit of using the windfall from unused sick time to buy a boat to enjoy in their golden years, Christie rejected first a $15,000 cap and then a so-called compromise $7,500 cap.  The issue remains stalled while the two sides negotiate.

Sal Vega

The incumbent mayor of West  New York suffered a stinging defeat Tuesday when his whole slate lost its bid for reelection.

The Newark Police Department

The U.S. Justice Department announced its decision to open a civil pattern of practice investigation into the Newark Police Department. The allegations include excessive force, discriminatory policing and police retaliation. Winners and Losers: Week of May 9th