Winners and Losers: The slowest week of the year

WINNERS

Nick Acocella – The founder of Politifax filled in as host of Reporter’s Roundtable this week in the absence of long-time frontman Michael Aron.  Acocella did a tremendous job and kept the conversation moving, despite the painfully slow week in Trenton.

Assemblyman Sean Kean –  The assemblyman’s wife Bridget gave birth to triplets on Thursday. Sean, Mary and Terrance Kean were born at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Jersey Shore Medical Center.

Kim Guadagno – The lieutenant governor got some love from the Statehouse press corps Thursday as she held a rare press conference and Q&A.  The LG was game, answering all questions without a hitch and without calling anyone an idiot.

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez – The Democrat raised nearly $1.7 million in the second quarter as he prepares for the final four months of a so-far dull U.S. Senate campaign.  And while Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos put up his own impressive fundraising stats, pulling in $1.2 million in the second quarter, Menendez holds an insurmountable lead in the money race, retaining $10 million on hand to the Republican’s $2 million.

LOSERS

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum – Rosenbaum was sentenced to 30 months in prison for brokering illegal kidney transplants.  Rosenbaum was one of the headline arrests of Operation Bid Rig. In addition to time behind bars, Rosenbaum was ordered to serve three years probation, pay a $5,000 fine and forfeit approximately $420,000, officials said.

Carmine Inteso – The former Tom’s river mayor was arrested this week on federal tax evasion charges. Inteso was arrested Monday night at JFK airport. He was returning to the United States from Afghanistan, where he has been working as a contractor, officials said.

Cory Booker – His honor took the brunt of an attack by Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon over his battle with the New Jersey Devils.  O’Scanlon questioned why Booker was spending taxpayer money to further his feud with the owners of the NHL squad, while collecting millions in state aid.

Winners and Losers: The slowest week of the year