Winners and Losers: Week of July 28th

WINNERS

Chris Christie

Confronted with the prospect of having to choke down a double whammy of losing seats in governors’ contests while spending time away from New Jersey, the governor this week racked up a win with his entreaty to pass bail reform. The assembly didn’t immediately act, but will on Monday. Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and state Sen. Donald Norcross (D-5) also wanted the bill done.

Steve Fulop

Already attached at the hip to Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, the mayor of Jersey City this week brought in Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres as an ally in an urban mayors’ crime-fighting initiative. The move underscores Fulop’s intent to build political strength in northern cities in anticipation of a future gubernatorial run. He’ll need those relationships to translate into vote totals if he hopes to check his main rival, Sweeney, who has built his own path to the governorship around Trenton relationships and Building Trades labor support.

Martin Perez

The appellate division of the Superior Court of New Jersey today ruled in favor of letting Gov. Chris Christie’s appointee to the Rutgers University Board of Governors – the founder of the NJ Latino Leadership Alliance – remain in place.

Donald Payne, Jr.

The 10th District congressman gave a strong speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives this week, pointing to the frivolity of the House Republican suit against the President of the United States amid worldwide crises.

Bob Smith

The companion of the veteran state senator’s open space bill, SCR84, for a constitutional amendment on the specific dedication of open space dollars, will get posted in the assembly on Monday.

 

LOSERS 

Kathe Donovan

The campaign of the incumbent GOP Bergen County executive left itself open to criticism with its depiction of Democratic challenger James Tedesco in a “sieg heil” pose atop a tank.

Bayonne

They thought they would improve on Mark Smith by installing Jimmy Davis in the mayor’s office – and already the people have to choke down the new mayor’s 23-year old nephew, Andrew Casais, as COS.

Jeff Bell

While Republicans partied this week with Donald Trump and Christie, the GOP U.S. Senate candidate has zero cash-on-hand, according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), compared to $3.5 million in the bank of incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).

Robert Kahan

The developer of three Trenton affordable housing projects admitted today that he made false statements to a financial institution to divert project money for personal and other unauthorized purposes, and to conducting a transaction with the proceeds of this crime, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.  

Joseph Graziano and Dominick J. Barone

The two Springfield men pleaded guilty before District Judge Claire C. Cecchi in Newark federal court to separate informations charging them with one count of racketeering conspiracy with, in this case, the Genovese crime family.

Winners and Losers: Week of July 28th