Winners and Losers: Conventions Edition
By PolitickerNJ Staff | March 18th, 2012 - 11:10pm
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WINNERS

Steve Rothman

The 9th District incumbent congressman won the line in his home county by a hefty margin over U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9).

Rob Hermansen

The incumbent freeholder defeated a candidate backed by Bergen County Republican Organization (BCRO) Chairman Bob Yudin to claim the party line in the June Republican Primary.

Joe Kyrillos

The veteran state senator continued unimpeded in collecting unanimous establishment support from county GOP organizations toward his U.S. Senate run. Gov. Chris Christie’s close friend appears to have no financially serious primary challenge from the right.

Steve Tannelli and Tracy Zur

The Democratic candidates for freeholder won the backing of the Bergen County Democratic Committee without opposition.

Ernest Cullari

The 6th Congressional District candidate defeated former Highlands Mayor Anna Little to collect the support of the Monmouth County Republican Committee.

Shmuley Boteach

The rabbi/best selling author won the backing of the BCRO to run in the 9th Congressional District.

LOSERS

Bob Yudin

The BCRO chairman absorbed defeat at the hands of Hermansen, who won the line despite efforts by the chairman to prevent him from running again. Yudin's allies point out that the chairman's candidate's as a duo won the highest vote combined totals.

Anna Little

The former Highlands mayor flirted hard with running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), but finally publicly decided to again oppose U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6). After touring the state as part of Gov. Chris Christie’s town hall caravan, the 2010 Tea Party candidate failed to generate the affection of the GOP committee in her home county, losing to newcomer Ernest Cullari.

Michael Saudino

The Bergen County sheriff became a target for fellow Republican Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan in her state of the county speech. Donovan fulminated against Saudino for negotiating a contract with deputies that she contends would call for a $10.5 million increase over four years. She also criticized the sheriff for not allowing any members of her labor negotiation team to take part in the contract talks. Donovan called the proposed contract, "reckless spending that I can assure you I will not be signing," she said.

John Ginty

The Ridgewood attorney failed to land the backing of the Bergen County Republican Organization (BCRO) in his unsuccessful 2012 bid for Bergen freeholder.

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Enlisting Fox is another reminder of how much Christie has truly relied on insiders, including Democrats, to bolster his agenda or bail him out of trouble. Not long after arriving in Trenton in 2009, Christie began collaborating with George Norcross, the deeply entrenched Democratic Party kingmaker, to help him cut deals with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.
When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

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