Winners and Losers: Week of Feb. 6th


Michael Halfacre

Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced the appointment this week of the former Fair Haven Mayor as director of the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).

Edward Dickson

Gov. Chris Christie this week appointed the longtime FBI official as the state’s Director of Homeland Security and National Preparedness.

Chris Christie

The Republican governor’s job approval rating stands at 52 percent among all residents and 55% among registered voters, according to a Monmouth University/New Jersey Media Poll.

Shelley Adler

With the widow of former U.S. Rep. John Adler in the race, the Cook Report puts the 3rd Congressional District challenger in the range of competitive contests.

Steven Goldstein

Sources told that lawmakers in the Assembly have the votes to pass the marriage equality bill sought by the founder and CEO of Garden State Equality.


Margaret Nordstrom

An appellate court this week issued an order removing the Morris County freeholder who won election in November and declared a vacancy for that seat. The court removed four-term incumbent Nordstrom, who lost to newcomer William “Hank” Lyon in a close contest in the June 2011 primary, and then won in the general election after winning an election challenge.

Vincent Giordano

The executive director of the NJEA opened himself up to blistering criticism when he remarked on NJTV’s Capitol Report, “Well, life’s not always fair and I’m sorry about that,” in response to a question from Rafael P. Roman about the plight of poor students.

Rob Andrews

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington’s spotlight this week went up on the embattled South Jersey Congressman, who refused to disclose the names of people who met with him during a trip last year to California. The watchdog group this week demanded that the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) look into the Democrat’s trip to the west coast last November. According to the AP, disclosure statements Andrews filed last month with the FEC show he “used nearly $12,000 in campaign money on the trip and raised $5,000 in donations.”

Scott Rumana

No one said he’s guilty, but a judge’s ruling this week to void an ethics commission’s decision dismissing a complaint against the 40th District assemblyman just means more headaches for the affable GOP politician from Wayne.

Ailish Hambel

The chair of the Sussex County GOP must confront a challenge from Kelly Ann Hart, who this week announced her challenge of the incumbent chair. It’s a distraction at a time when the GOP should be closing ranks, said a source close to the situation.

Ronald O’Malley

The former Bergen County Improvement Authority Chairman was sentenced this week to 24 months in prison for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme.

Mitt Romney

The former governor of Massachusetts sustained primary night losses in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado.

Winners and Losers: Week of Feb. 6th