Winners and Losers: Week of March 9th

Tom Barrett, left, with John Kerry in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Tom Barrett, left, with John Kerry in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.


Tom Barrett

The handsome Irish-American and veteran Democratic Party operative from Essex County once again composed the state’s definitive list of Irish-American leaders, which we were proud, as always, to showcase on PolitickerNJ.

Holly Schepisi

Diagnosed with a brain aneurysm on Saturday, the classy Republican Assemblywoman from Bergen’s 39th District didn’t miss a beat when she joined friends and supporters at her own fundraiser Thursday night at the Stony Hill Inn.

Raj Mukherji

A possible future candidate for Jersey City mayor, the up and coming 33rd District assemblyman from the Heights section of Jersey City raised more than $170,000 at his Liberty House party on Wednesday night.

Christine Dansereau

Assemblyman Jamel Holley this week swore into office the first female mayor of Roselle, who will run in the June primary and November general elections with her predecessor Holley.

Ryan Peters

The Hainesport Republican will replace Mt. Holly Mayor Rich DiFolco on the Burlington County Freeholder ticket this year and run with Kate Gibbs against incumbent Democratic Freeholders Aimee Belgard and Joanne Schwartz. Peters is a Navy SEAL who saw multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserve, assigned to SEAL Team Eighteen.

Josh Gottheimer

After back to back declarations by Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn and attorney Roy Cho that they will not pursue runs in 2016, the former Clinton speechwriter from Bergen has a clear path to the Democratic nomination in CD5.

Patrick Alexander

The Passaic County Young Democrats formally announced the selection of their new president, a freeholder aide to Passaic County Terry Duffy. Alexander replaced the immediate past president Orville Morales. In addition to the selection of Alexander as president, the Young Democrats selected Marqweesha Guthrie as secretary, Samantha Liebman as treasurer, and Joseph Dokum as vice president. “Young Democrats are an important part of our county organization.  They continue to help the Democratic Party empower the next generation of political and government leaders,” said Passaic County and State Democratic Chairman John Currie.  “I know Patrick from his work on our last few elections, and I look forward to working with him this year to bring victory to Democratic candidates.”

Rosemary Mellody

The Irish-born former welfare representative for the Local 68 Welfare Fund in Fairfield and close ally of Assemblyman Tom Giblin (D-34) today will serve as the first woman grand marshal of the Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


Bob Menendez

Based on past resiliency, it’s easy to see the United States senator from Hudson County bouncing back with a vengeance. He will have resources at his disposal to fight an alleged indictment on corruption charges. He’s already demonstrating an unwillingness to back down from his usual accelerated work rate, and defenders are more outraged by the federal leak than the supposed allegations. Still, the headlines hurt.

Nick Sacco

The cagey veteran North Hudson politician had to kick off into the wind on Monday night after the state Attorney General’s Office raided Town Hall. Just as the Hudson County Democratic Organization’s (HCDO) legislative ticket had to negotiate a launch the prior Friday encumbered by Menendez (see above), Sacco had to go to a microphone at Schuetzen Park burdened by fresh images of tough guys in blue windbreakers lugging boxes of documents out of the Parks Department.

Hillary Clinton

The 2016 Democratic frontrunner for president raised more questions than she answered at a press conference this week as she tried to explain why she deleted 31,830 emails while serving as Secretary of State. “Looking back, it would have been better to use two separate phones and two email accounts,” Clinton said. Currie rushed to Clinton’s aid, but the story revealed Democrats’ vulnerability with only one national-sized candidate, whose meltdown would create havoc.

Chris Christie

The governor pointed out that a proposed $225 million ExxonMobil will pay the State of Jersey is the largest national resource damages payment by a single corporate defendant in New Jersey history. He took pains at his town hall to note that the amount doesn’t include cleanup costs. But Exxon contributed $500,000 last May to the Republican Governors Association (RGA), which Christie chaired. As for his presidential aspirations, Christie’s in sixth place, according to this week’s Marist-McClatchy poll.

Charlie Mainor

The assemblyman from the 31st District is a man without a country after getting bounced off the line by the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) after Jersey City tapped Committeewoman Denise Ridley for his assembly seat.

Victoria Dean

The vice president of the Marlboro Township Board of Education “Liked” a comment on Facebook by a friend who wrote, “Because America isn’t America anymore! Its (sic) run by foreigners including this RAG HEAD PRESIDENT! (sic).” Winners and Losers: Week of March 9th