Winners and Losers: Week of May 18th

At Chris Durkin's Bash: From left, Tom Barrett, Bloomfield Clerk Louise Palagano, Joe Parlavecchio, and Montclair Deputy Mayor Robert Russo.

At Chris Durkin’s Bash: From left, Tom Barrett, Bloomfield Clerk Louise Palagano, Joe Parlavecchio, and Montclair Deputy Mayor Robert Russo.


George Norcross

With North Jersey quietly unifying, the South Jersey Democratic leader this week set President Barack Obama on a Camden-sized chess board festooned with everyone’s favorite recognizable accompanying South Jersey pieces, U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross and Mayor Dana Redd among them.

John Currie

The Democratic State Party Chairman presided over a well-attended and spirited annual conference in Atlantic City this year. PolitickerNJ spoke to a partied-out Dem who at the end of the festivities confessed to still not knowing what Democrats stand for but admitted to having been wowed by the dance floor moves of Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp.

Phil Murphy

The camel’s nose is now well under the tent flap of the New Jersey Democratic Party. Laughed off early as the second coming of Jon Corzine, the Goldman Sachs alum with a supposed Tip O’Neill twinkle in his eye was a dominant figure at the Dems’ Atlantic City conference, squiring around guest of honor former Vermont Governor Howard Dean and hardly looking like the dismal unearthing of his Wall Street predecessor.

Sheena Collum

South Orange made history this week as it swore into office its first woman village president, widely viewed by party insiders as a rising star in the Essex Democratic Party.

Hunter Hayes

The Peppermint Lounge mainstay from Montclair tore up “My Way” at a plaque dedication ceremony held by Essex County for the late Freeholder/Irvington Councilman D. Bilal Beasley.


Seton Hall

The Catholic University appeared tone deaf and out of touch this week as it writhed in the aftermath of its dismissal of Director Of Campus Ministry Rev. Warren Hall allegedly because Hall made a pro-LGBT statement.

Dennis Malloy

The crotchety 101.5 FM host’s angry man routine unleashed on Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) showed a decided lack of class, which a self-possessed Sweeney countered with – what else – class.


While Obama was partying in credit-upgraded Camden with Norcross, Moody’s downgraded the city’s debt to junk bond status, a hit likewise sustained – in varying degrees – by Atlantic City, Paterson, Union City, Asbury Park and Kearny – towns that will continue to get clobbered as New Jersey hears that gigantic sucking sound in the direction of a reeling Atlantic City.

Dennis Scott Kobitz

In a local council election against the larger backdrop of a fight for Plainfield Democratic Committee seats, Mayor Mapp and his allies said they intend to reach out to the state Attorney General’s Office and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office demanding an inquiry into the actions of the County Board of Elections administrator.

Chris Christie

As he continues to speechify in New Hampshire, the New Jersey Governor at least did not have to eat yet another poll showing his statewide numbers plummeting. It’s not that his polling is improving, there just wasn’t a major poll this week – and these days for Christie – that’s a victory. Moreover, according To RealClearPolitics, the governor ranks eighth among presidential candidates, good enough to qualify him for participation in debates. Far less digestable was his victimized and widely disparaged demand of an apology from the media for the way reporters and editorial arms covered Bridgegate.

The Passaic County Freeholders

Passaic County Superintendent of Elections Sherine El-Abd this week won a judge’s decision in a lawsuit brought by the county freeholders over the three-year employee contract she negotiated with her  22 member staff. Superior Court Judge Margaret McVeigh denied the motion brought by the Democratic-controlled freeholder board to issue a stay on the contract. In her decision she cited the superintendent’s independent authority  to run her office granted by state law. In attempting to nullify the contract approved by El-Abd, a Republican, the  Democratic Freeholder Board spent more than $50,000 in legal fees to overturn  $65,000 in yearly pay increases for nearly two dozen employees. The raises were mostly 2 percent cost of living increases.



Winners and Losers: Week of May 18th