Winners and Losers: Week of February 9th
WINNERS (PolitickerNJ Editor)
Blue Oyster Lesniak
A YouTube video made by state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) is circulating on the Internet this weekend, a parody of an old Saturday Night Live sketch that featured Christopher Walken, which the senator’s political enemies are gleefully sharing as evidence that Lesniak has jumped the shark. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Dem Guv hopefuls converge on Essex labor breakfast
It was a ring-kissing contest over bacon and eggs, or so it would appear, as Essex Democrats engaged in a major show of political chest-thumping this morning, welcoming at least three potential candidates for governor to Mayfair Farms to join County Party Chairman Leroy Jones at his annual labor breakfast. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Brown formally launches LD2 re-election bid
Burnishing his alliance with Republican Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-2) today formally announced his intention to seek re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly at the historic Irish Pub in Atlantic City.
Felice backs Cappola in LD 38 GOP Assembly scramble
RIVER EDGE – Bergen County Freeholder John Felice endorsed fellow Republican Anthony Cappola in the state 38th Legislative District Assembly race on Friday, the same day that the GOP duo of Ed Trawinski and Mark DiPisa announced they would be running together. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Gill to join Murphy non-profit organization
Brendan Gill, one of New Jersey’s most battle-tested Democratic political operatives, has been hired by the non-profit organization led by Phil Murphy, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany and a potential 2017 Democratic gubernatorial candidate. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Bucco joins Bramnick in Assembly debate challenge
Assembly Republicans are ready to rumble.
Deputy Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) joined the ranks of his fellow GOP members clamoring for a debate between the Assembly’s top leaders this morning with a statement decrying more than a decade of Democratic control in the legislature’s lower house. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Sweeney, in Newark, talks about Anderson, Christie and Atlantic City
NEWARK – After touring a preschool in Newark to underscore the importance of early childhood education on Friday, state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) answered questions about a range of issues that affect both New Jersey’s largest city and the state as a whole. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Republican Trawinski formally declares LD38 candidacy with DiPisa
In a joint statement, Republicans Ed Trawinski and Mark DiPisa today formally announced their candidacy for Assembly in the battleground 38th legislative district. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Atlantic City meltdown may haunt Chris Christie
Chris Christie has an Atlantic City problem.
Casinos on the famed boardwalk are failing. The crime rate is one of the highest in the state. And now the New Jersey governor’s decision to bring in an emergency manager to turn things around has created a nasty political backlash. (Flynn and White/Politico)
Gov. Chris Christie’s approval rating sink to all-time low
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s approval ratings have hit an all-time low, according to a new poll.
In a Rutgers University-Eagleton poll released on Friday, 53 percent of New Jersey voters view Christie unfavorably and just 37 percent hold a favorable view of the governor — down 7 percentage points in two months. (Breitman/Politico)