Winners and Losers: Week of July 30th

WINNERS Kimberly DeHaarte The Booker administration named the Newark native and longtime occupant of the mayor’s press shop as Mayor

WINNERS

Kimberly DeHaarte

The Booker administration named the Newark native and longtime occupant of the mayor’s press shop as Mayor Cory Booker’s new press secretary/acting communications director.

Steve Sweeney

Fueling speculation that he’s gearing up for a statewide run, the Senate president from South Jersey landed a prime time spot on Bill O’Reilly’s FOX News program, where he forced the TV personality to back down from his initial challenge of Sweeney’s record on child protection against pedophiles.

Steve Fulop

In his quest to become the city’s next chief executive, the downtown Jersey City Councilman has $500,000 in the bank compared to incumbent Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy’s $100,000.

Dave Jenkins

The former chief of staff to Assemblyman Joe Cryan has taken a job with Millennium Strategies, the economic development firm run by Ed Farmer, former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell. Jenkins, who served in Cryan’s office for the past four years, will work as Millennium’s grants manager.

Jon Runyan

The CD 3 incumbent Republican this week snagged the endorsement of Teamsters Joint Local 73. Playing on the fact that his father was a Flint auto worker, Runyan has also burnished labor endorsements from the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 322, United States Chamber of Commerce, International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825, New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, NJ Laborers Union, Monmouth-Ocean Building & Construction Trades Council, the New Jersey Policemen’s Benevolent Association and the Recreational Fishing Alliance. 

Barack Obama 

The President leads Mitt Romney by 13 percentage points (49 to 36%) in New Jersey in this week’s Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll. Even better news for Obama this week was his Quinnipiac/New York Times/CBS News poll lead over Romney in three battleground states.

LOSERS 

Paul Moriarty 

The Washington Township Police Department charged the 4th District assemblyman (and former Washington Township mayor) with driving while under the influence.

Richard Pucci 

The state Comptroller released a report this week questioning the Middlesex County Improvement Authority’s awarding of an additional $55,000 payment in 2010 to Executive Director Richard Pucci.  The 30 percent bonus, along with a $4,800 car allowance and $3,565 in unused sick time boosted Pucci’s 2010 salary from the authority to $249,366. Pucci collects an additional salary as mayor of Monroe Township.  

Fred Grant

Not to be outdone by his fellow Gloucester County Democratic official, Moriarty, charged hours earlier with the same offense, the mayor of East Greenwich collected his own driving while under the influence charge from local law enforcement.  

Tony Mack

Powerless now in every sense, the human meltdown known as Trenton Mayor Tony Mack returned from vacation to a home without power, shut off by PSE&G as a penalty for the mayor’s failure to pay nearly $15,000 in gas and electric bills. The mayor is the subject of a continuing probe by the FBI.  

Robert Schroeder

The state Attorney General’s Office today charged the Bergen County Republican assemblyman with writing nearly $400,000 in bad checks to investors. 

Rick Gorka

The former communications director for the state Republican Party here and now working as a spokesman for Mitt Romney, Gorka went dark this week after ripping into reporters with his now infamous “Kiss my ass” gaffe at a holy site in Poland.  Winners and Losers: Week of July 30th