Winners and Losers: Week of April 16


The Republican State Committee

The committees outraised their Democratic counterparts in the first quarter of 2012 nearly three to one. In total, the Republican “big three,” made up of the Republican State committee, the Senate Republican Majority and the Assembly Victory Committee, raised $931,073 in the first three months of the year, with the state committee leading the way at $798,710, according to the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).


Charlotte DeFilippo

The Union County Democratic leader won in court this week when a judge decided that the freeholder slate fielded by allies of Elizabeth mayoral challenger Oscar Ocasio are not eligible to be on the ballot. Faulty signature submissions killed the candidacies.


Steve Fulop

The downtown Jersey City Councilman and 2013 mayoral candidate solidified his alliance with a majority on the School Board as his Parents for Progress slate easily defeated the opposition, winning six out of six wards.


Gary Schaer

The Assemblyman’s four-person school board slate swept in Tuesday’s School Board elections, destroying the opposition by a 4-1 margin.


Ras Baraka

The South Ward councilman and potential future candidate for mayor flexed his political muscle by getting behind two of the three winning candidates in the Newark School Board race.


Chris Christie

The Governor’s job approval rating slipped slightly during the up-broil around the Rowan-Rutgers merger, but still reached the coveted 50% mark, according to this week’s Monmouth University/NJ Press Media Poll. Christie earned a 51% approve to 35% disapprove job rating among all Garden State residents.


Cami Anderson

Time Magazine selected the Newark Schools chief as one of the country’s 100 most influential people.


Eric Kanefsky

The former federal prosecutor this week joined the Christie administration as chief of the state’s Division of Consumer Affairs, succeeding Thomas Calcagni, who went to work as state Attorney General Jeff Chiesa’s counsel.


Shelley Adler

The 3rd District congressional candidate this week received the full endorsement of Emily’s list, which should help with fundraising over the next six months as she tries to unseat Republican Jon Runyan, who won the seat from Adler’s husband last year.  


The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 

What could have been a very bad week for the Port Authority’s brass – and the Christie Administration – ended with a whimper when a scheduled joint NY/NJ hearing on the Port’s finances was cancelled by lawmakers across the river with little explanation given.  What’s more, a Senate hearing on toll fairness that featured the Port Authority, though entertaining, yielded no new information and the headlines from the event focused on the squabble between U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg and PANYNJ Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni rather than on any substantive issues from the hearing.

Deniqua Matais

The Newark School Board candidate backed by Newark Council President Donald Payne, Jr. was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s local elections.



The Democratic State Committee

The three major Democratic committees, made up of the Senate Democratic Majority, the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee and the Democratic State Committee raised $362,576 on the quarter, led by the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee, which took in $167,241 on the quarter, according to ELEC. The Republican “Big Three” outweighed those totals by a 3-1 margin.


John Bencivengo

The Hamilton mayor (Mercer County) is the target of a federal corruption probe, according to two sources in a report by the Times of Trenton.


The Perth Amboy School Board

News reports this week revealed that the board may want to fire new School Superintendent Janine Caffrey because she is cooperating with a state Attorney General’s Office probe into allegations that School Board President Samuel Lebreault improperly applied to the school lunch program.


The Northwest Bergen County Utilities Authority 

Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan on Monday fired seven of the nine commissioners on the authority for their refusal to give up annual stipends and health benefits.


School Boards that saw voters reject their budgets

The school districts where residents voted down budgets on Tuesday night include Delsea Regional, Franklin Township, Monroe Township (all in Gloucester County), North Bergen (Hudson County), Readington Township (Hunterdon County), Lawrence Township (Mercer County) and Lakewood (Ocean County).

Winners and Losers: Week of April 16