Winners and Losers




Cory Booker

At a Hillary Clinton fundraiser last week in Red Bank, the junior senator from New Jersey and a small but powerful group of Democratic Party fundraisers listened as the former Secretary of State gushed about Booker. As she went on – and on, according to sources present – her enthusiasm fueled that irresistible developing storyline of Booker’s prospects as a 2016 running mate for Clinton.

Jose “Joey” Torres

On the week he delivered his first State of the City Address of his third term, the Mayor of Paterson demonstrated his continuing consolidation of citywide power with a giant fundraising event at the Brownstone.

Christopher Cerf

The controversial former state Commissioner of Education narrowly won the backing of the state Board of Education to supplant outgoing Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson.

Jerry Scanlan

The Republican Party man beat Donald Ploetner to succeed the retiring Ailish Hambel as chairman of the Sussex County Republican Committee. Scanlan’s term is for one year to fulfill the unexpired term created by Hambel’s departure.

Josh Gottheimer

The Democratic congressional candidate in CD5 has raised a total of $630,000 toward his much-anticipated 2016 general election showdown with U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5).

Ray Lesniak

Long an advocate in New Jersey for marriage equality, the veteran LD20 senator celebrated with friends at his Mantoloking home the Supreme Court ruling last week making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.


Leroy Jones

Sources understand the Essex County Democratic Chairman’s motivation for getting physical with an older man who allegedly harassed Jones’ wife last month on Election Day. We understand that no man wants to stand by and hear his wife impugned. But we also recognize and applaud the nonviolent tradition, and Jones did get physical, according to the video tape. His closest friends in politics (if there is such a thing) are advising him to refrain in the future from contact. He’ll have his day in court, of course, and a source told PolitickerNJ that another video will show the level of close-quarters vitriol heaped on Jones’ wife prior to the chairman becoming upset and going to her defense. In the meantime, the respected party chairman – one of the most powerful people in New Jersey politics – must eat a series of embarrassing and irritating headlines.

Jose Arango

Yes, it was a bad week for county party chairmen. The chairman of the Hudson County Republican Party (and chair of the Republican state chairs) was arrested this week on drunk driving charges. What’s doubly bothersome for Governor Christie about the arrest is that Christie’s allies labored hard to burnish Arango as an example of the governor recruiting to a leadership post a member of New Jersey’s Latino community. For more on that story, go here.

Bob Menendez

The embattled U.S. Senator from Hudson County took a hit in the polls since his indictment, dropping from a 42% to 38% approval rating among New Jersey’s registered voters, according to Patrick Murray of Monmouth University.

Stanley Parzych

The Hudson County contractor today admitted conspiring to rig the process for the selection of contractors for projects run by the Union City Community Development Agency, causing losses of at least $40,000, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. The Jersey City man pleaded guilty to an information charging him with one count of conspiring with agents of a local government agency to obtain by fraud funds provided by Union City. Parzych entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls in Newark federal court.

Troy Bunero and Francis “Frank” Longo

Both were convicted by a Hudson County jury of second-degree charges of conspiracy, official misconduct and pattern of official misconduct, as well as third-degree charges of theft by unlawful taking and misapplication of government property.  In addition, Bunero was convicted of third-degree tampering with public records and fourth-degree falsifying records for submitting false timesheets.  The verdict followed a seven-week trial before Superior Court Judge Paul M. DePascale.


Winners and Losers