Winners and Losers: Week of September 15th

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Chris Christie

NBC News reported Thursday evening that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has determined after a nine-month investigation that there is ‘no evidence” so far that the governor had advance knowledge about any politically motivated scheme around the bridge lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. The investigation is, however, still “ongoing, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Upendra Chivukula

The Governor nominated the veteran Assemblyman to the Board of Public Utilities, a sunset opportunity for Chivukula, who made history as the first Indian American legislator, and twice ran for congress – in the 7th and 12th districts in 2012 and 2014 respectively.

Declan O’Scanlon

The five year red-light camera program is set to expire this December 16th, and the governor said this week he is leaning against re-upping their use. That’s good news for the 13th District Assemblyman, who’s made a mission out of eradicating red light cameras from the state. “New Jersey’s red light camera program appears to be headed towards extinction,” O’Scanlon said this week. 

Aimee Belgard

Stockton’s poll of 606 likely New Jersey 3rd District voters this week found that Republican Tom MacArthur and Belgard each has 42.2 percent support. That result in the Republican-leaning district with a long GOP history surprised a lot of people and gave Belgard a bounce this week. It also unleashed a negative network television ad from the MacArthur campaign – so let’s checking the polling in another two weeks.

Joe Danielson

The chairman of the Franklin Twp. Democratic Committee has support in key places to succeed Assemblyman Chivukula if and when Chivukula makes his break to the Board of Public Utiltiies.

Matt Anesh, Alex Barletta and Derryck White

The incumbent GOP mayor of South Plainfield and his allies notched a nice win this week with the implosion on the Democratic side of one of their challengers (see below).

Brian Stack

His fight is not over with Alaris Health, but give the combative mayor of Union City (pictured) credit for taking it to the streets – and then following through by accompanying workers to their place of employment this morning after a bitter strike.



Andrew Lucas

A grand jury this week found the former mayor of Manalapan guilty on all 11 counts of an indictment charging him with wire fraud, an illegal monetary transaction, loan application fraud, false statements to the IRS, aggravated identity theft, obstruction of a grand jury investigation and falsification of records in a federal investigation.

Peter Cammarano

A unanimous state Supreme Court ruling this week officially disbarred the former Hoboken mayor caught in a statewide federal anti-corruption sting. “An elected official who sells his office — who offers favored treatment to a private developer in exchange for money — betrays a solemn public trust,” wrote Justice Barry Albin in his ruling. “This form of corruption is corrosive to our democracy and undermines public confidence in honest government, and its rippling pernicious effects are incalculable.”

Joe Sorrentino

The candidate for South Plainfield council went belly up this week after published reports revealed two disorderly incidents in his past, including the would-be Democratic councilman mooning people, threatening violence and using the “N” word. Just a total trainwreck.

Vincent Buttiglieri

The Chairman of the South Plainfield Democratic Organization did a helluva job vetting his candidates for public office. They dredged up Sorrentino, who had already presented himself as a candidate to the local GOP without success.

Alex Salmond

The head of the Scottish independence movement lost big on Thursday — 55 percent against independence to 45 percent in favor, with Scots choosing security over cutting ties with England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Winners and Losers: Week of September 15th