Winners and Losers: Week of March 26th



Bill Pascrell

The 9th District congressman received the formal backing of the Passaic County Democratic Committee in support of his underdog Democratic Primary candidacy against U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9).

Bob Menendez

Running for re-election, the U.S. Senator received the backing today of West New York Mayor Felix Roque, who had previously endorsed Menendez’s Republican rival, state Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13).

Nick Sacco

The North Bergen powerhouse moved in on Felix Roque’s disgarded slate of county committee candidates with his own selections in order to beef up his West New York power base.

Peg Schaffer

The chair of the Somerset County Democratic Committee summoned a credible CD 7 challenger into the fray in the form of Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula. Schaffer went from not having a candidate to deepening her alliance with the respected assemblyman from Franklin Twp., who remains a longshot in his bid to oust U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7).

Donald Payne, Jr.

Union County’s decision to forgo giving the line to a candidate not named Payne ultimately strengthened the hand of the Newark City Council President, who expects to secure the formal backing of the powerful Essex County Democratic Committee and the A Line in his home county.


George Norcross III

The state comptroller released a report detailing an insurance payback scheme at the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) allegedly orchestrated by the South Jersey Democratic Party leader and insurance executive.

David Larsen

The 7th Congressional District renegade Republican received a sound slapping from Union County Chairman Phil Morin after trying to paint Morin in a press release as a grudging participant in Union County GOP politics. While Larsen battled Morin, incumbent U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance stood onstage with movement conservative leader Steve Lonegan at a Hands off My Healthcare Rally in Washington, D.C.

Ronald Sworen

Already kicked out of office in Frenchtown, the incumbent Hunterdon County freeholder received the heave ho from his running mate, Freeholder Matt Holt, who’s running for re-election with John King of Raritan Twp. Sworen announced this week his intention not to seek re-election.

Felix Roque

Beset by investigations in his hometown of West New York, the mayor decided to walk back his initial endorsement of state Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and instead endorse U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ).

Sharon Robinson-Briggs

The mayor of Plainfield leads a town plagued by poverty and crime, and yet she chooses to focus on whether Councilwoman Rebecca Williams is engaged in saluting the flag and praying at meetings.

Winners and Losers: Week of March 26th