Winners and Losers: Week of July 16


Chris Christie

The governor scored a 54 percent approval rating in the latest Quinnipiac poll and reports this week have him keynoting the GOP national convention.

Thomas Pietrykoski

 Pietrykoski was named Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell.  Pietrykoski joins Pascrell’s staff after a nine-year career with the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC), most recently serving as Director of Public Affairs.

NJGOP – The Republican “big three” committees outraised their Democratic counterparts in the second quarter $1.13 million to $564,000.  The Republicans maintain $864,000 on hand against $328,000 in the Democrats’ coffers.

John Graham

Accompanying a younger generation of Democratic leaders, the veteran Democratic fundraiser helped pull off an event for Joe Kennedy III, a candidate for Congress in the 4th District of Massachusetts. The fundraiser, emceed by Newark North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos, Joe DiVincenzo, Jr., Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley, Essex County Freeholder Bendan Gill, and other rising Democrats, netted Kennedy $25,000. 

Shelley Adler

The 3rd District candidate got the nod from New Jersey United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America and outraised incumbent Republican Jon Runyan in the last quarter. Runyan still holds a substantial cash on hand advantage in the Republican leaning district, but Adler may be making it a race.


Tony Mack

The Trenton mayor is the subject of an FBI investigation and stood by while the feds raided his house and office.  He swears he’s done nothing wrong but the feds spent two days at city hall asking questions and pulling files.

Richard Allen Whitten

The former chief of staff to a member of the Newark Municipal Council was sentenced to six months in prison and six months home confinement for evading income taxes by claiming scores of phony exemptions and failing to file an individual income tax return

U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews

The House Ethics Committee is investigating the South Jersey Congressman and plans to announce its decision next month.  While the committee did not disclose the charges, in November, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint against Andrews with the Federal Election Commission alleging the congressman spent more than $9,000 to pay for a trip to Scotland with his wife and children and more than $10,000 to host a graduation party for his daughter. The complaint also alleged that Andrews donated $12,500 to a local theater where his daughter was performing and $8,700 to the Rutgers Law School in Camden, where his wife is associate dean of enrollment.

Alysia Welch-Chester

The former chairwoman of the Trenton Democratic Committee will enter pre-trial intervention after she was charged with stealing from the organization she led. Winners and Losers: Week of July 16