Winners and Losers: Week of March 19
By PolitickerNJ Staff | March 23rd, 2012 - 12:37pm
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WINNERS

Steve Sweeney

In opposing the nomination of Phillip Kwon, the Senate President chose a battle with the governor and successfully executed to secure the victory. Sources say Sweeney behind the scenes personally quashed any efforts by the Christie administration to deal with Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee. His efforts kept Democrats unified, something that hasn’t happened often in the past two years.

Scott Heck

Passaic County Regular Republicans this week struck a deal with former GOP strongman Peter Murphy to make the Ringwood Republican leader chairman of the Passaic County GOP. At the committee's reorganization meeting in June, Heck will replace Chairman Scott Rumana, who will have served as chairman for six years.

Michael H. Gluck

 The Senate Judiciary Committee this week approved the Somerset County attorney to serve on the Sports and Exposition Authority.


Bob Menendez

The incumbent United States senator raised $400,000 for his re-election bid at a Morris County dinner fundraiser headlined by Vice President Joe Biden.

Christopher Baxter

The Star-Ledger reporter wrote the initial story on structuring that ultimately entangled and partially contributed to the sinking of state Supreme Court nominee Phillip Kwon.

Marie Corfield

With her victory at the Somerset County Democratic Convention this week, the 16th District Assembly candidate has now defeated primary rival Sue Nemeth in three counties, including Middlesex and Hunterdon.

Nick Scutari

A longtime foe of Gov. Chris Christie's, the 22nd District senator racked a win over the Republican governor as he cast the deciding vote against Christie's nominee, Phillip Kwon.



LOSERS


Chris Christie

The governor lost this week when Kwon failed to get on the Supreme Court. Sources on both sides of the aisle told PolitickerNJ.com that the governor had tried to peel one more Democratic Party vote off the committee to pass Kwon. It never happened. Still, in the longer term, sources say Christie stands to make this loss a future win as he plots his re-election strategy. After Kwon went down yesterday, Democratic Party sources outside Trenton already started wringing their hands over the impact of the Kwon storyline in Bergen County, the battleground that Christie wants to win in 2013. Every piece will count in that contest, and the Korean American community, while small with 10,000 voters, is reliable. They typically vote Democratic. What will Kwon's troubled face on a mailer mean for that community come election time?

 

Kevin O'Toole

Behind the scenes, the 40th District state senator worked relentlessly to secure support for Kwon, the governor's nominee, to serve as associate justice of the state Supreme Court. In the end it was O'Toole who made the most emphatic arguments on behalf of the GOP in favor of the nominee - just before Kwon went down in defeat.

Felix Roque

At war locally with the Hudson County Democratic Organization, the mayor of West New York is the subject of an investigation by the FBI.  The FBI entanglement also spells bad news for GOP state Sen. Joe Kyrillos in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez as Roque made headlines by endorsing the Republican, an endorsement Kyrillos eagerly embraced.

Jon Corzine

Energized by the former governor's financial floundering at MF Global, the GOP cranked out the Corzine line again in a campaign mailer. We're not sure how effective it will be for the Kyrillos Campaign to attack Corzine in hopes of tarnishing Democratic opponent U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, but their eagerness to slap Corzine's face in an ad indicates the former governor's continuing branding issue.

Sue Nemeth

In her third try in as many counties, the Princeton Twp. Deputy Mayor failed to secure the line at the Somerset County Democratic Convention this week, losing to Democratic Primary rival Marie Corfield.

 

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