Winners and Losers: Week of the Throw Down at Forked River


Bob Menendez

A Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll released this week shows incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) increasing his advantage over challenger state Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13) from 9 to 15 points.

George Gilmore

The governor this week not surprisingly chose Ocean for his pre-2013 election throw-down, the county that delivered him his biggest 2009 plurailty of votes, signaling his dedication to Gilmore country. The powerful Ocean County GOP Chairman was in the front row. 

Cory Booker

The Newark mayor received a sizable +36 positive rating of 49% favorable to 13% unfavorable in this week’s Monmouth University poll of potential 2013 challengers to Gov. Chris Christie. 

Dick Codey

The same Monmouth University Poll shows the former governor and sitting 27th District state senator in the second best position after Booker to run statewide against Christie. Codey earns a healthy +20 positive rating of 34% favorable to 14% unfavorable, according to the poll, although his name ID has diminished since he served as governor in 2006. 

Bernadette McPherson

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) made the former Bergen County Freeholder co-chair of his general re-election campaign, signifying the esteem in which he holds this possible future contender for a legislative seat.

George L. Catrambone

Governor Christie helped break ground for the new George L. Catrambone Elementary School in Long Branch, the last project from the Schools Delopment Authority’s (SDA) 2011 portfolio as the governor said he intends to roll out another $500 million in new school construction projects over the course of the next six months. The longtime local educator was proudly present for the ceremony.


Nick Sacco

Beset by a continuing investigation into the Department of Public Works, the North Bergen mayor/state senator was on the receiving end of a tongue lashing by Gov. Chris Christie at the governor’s town hall meeting in Lacey Twp. on Thursday. That’s not necessarily a bad place to be for a Democrat, but the governor used Sacco – who holds three public jobs and makes $309,000 off the public dime – as the face of Democratic Party moral turpitude.

Richard Pucci

In Lacey Twp., Gov. Chris Christie again relied on his favorite target, the head of the Middlesex County Improvement Authority making almost $250,000, to draw a hearty round of boos at his town hall meeting this week.

Anthony Davis

The real loser was Paterson. Again. A resolution backed by the Paterson Council President calling for a state of emergency in the crime-besieged city failed Tuesday night and Gov. Chris Christie said Trenton can’t supply more aid until city government improves.

Joe Kyrillos

Despite his efforts both on the fundraising and voters outreach fronts, polls consistently show the Republican U.S. Senate candidate trailing Bob Menendez by double digits. This week proved no exception, as Monmouth University released a poll that has Kyrillos trailing Menendez by 15 points among likely voters.

Jeff Jones

It gets worse. For Paterson, and for the mayor of Paterson. The state is preparing to deny delivery of transitional aid funding to Paterson as a penalty for the Jones administration’s failure to collect “unreturned overtime paid to high-ranking officials,” according to the Bergen Record. Winners and Losers: Week of the Throw Down at Forked River