Winners and Losers: Week of Carlos Danger
By PolitickerNJ Staff | July 26th, 2013 - 11:05am
| More

Winners

Mary Pat Angelini

The Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards dismissed a complaint Tuesday brought against Angelini over an alleged appearance of impropriety in connection with the state’s medical marijuana laws.  The complaint alleged that a non-profit she runs would have benefited from her vote on medical marijuana.

Ruben Ramos

The candidate for mayor of Hoboken outraised incumbent Dawn Zimmer in the last quarter and maintains more cash on hand.

Milly Silva

The SEIU official was tapped this week to join Barbara Buono's gubernatorial ticket.  The two women make up only the third all-female gubernatorial ticket in history.

Passaic County Democrats and Burlington County Republicans

The two county parties led the state in cash on hand and total amount raised in the last quarter respectively.

Albio Sires

Sires took to the House floor this week to chastise his Republican colleague, U.S. Rep. Steve King, for comments King made about little men with "calves the size of cantaloupes" who run drugs across the border with Mexico.  King was decrying the Dream Act, which would give these cantaloupe-calved illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.  Sires invoked the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, both in his district, in slapping King for what he said were "ignorant" and "stupid" comments.  U.S. Rep. John Boehner also jumped on King, calling his statements "deeply offensive and wrong."

Sheila Oliver

The Assembly Speaker and U.S. Senate candidate opened her headquarters this week with a fiery speech to the crowd of Essex County faithful.  Oliver's campaign still remains a bit of a mystery as she has done little in the way of campaigning - or perhaps more importantly, fundraising - to date.

Gubernatorial race winner - Chris Christie

The Republican incumbent's fundraising totals for the month of June were released Monday, showing the governor raised $2.2 million.  Contrast that with Democrat Barbara Buono's failure to file the necessary paperwork to qualify for matching funds and the financial picture of the race becomes clear.  Buono did get some headlines this week after word surfaced that she had named SEIU official Milly Silva as her running mate.  Also, unemployment edged up, which is negative for Christie, but Buono has so far at least failed to capitalize on the state's 6th-worst-in-the-nation unemployment rate.

Losers

Alan Marcus

The Bergen Record expose on Marcus' role with the county has all of Bergen astir.  There are few dry eyes in the county over revelations that the caustic presence who has held sway with Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan since her ascension to the post may be on his way out of influence.

Kathe Donovan

The Marcus situation has become a distraction as she begins to think about re-election.

Jim Devine

The Union County operative was arrested this week on shoplifting charges after he allegedly lifted lettuce, shampoo and protein powder from a local Shop Rite.

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt

Holt came across as a jilted lover this week when he said that the family of deceased U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg only endorsed Holt's opponent in the upcoming primary because he had more money.  Holt said they told him they wanted to endorse him but went with U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone because he had more money.  Holt made the comments the same week two members of the Lautenberg family jumped on the stump for Pallone.

Cory Booker

The Newark Mayor, who is 40 points up in his U.S. Senate primary, faced questions this week over his treatment of campaign staffers after an email from a field director surfaced slamming the campaign for its treatment of staff.  Who cares?  Lots of people, it seems, as the story first reported by PolitickerNJ became one of the site's all-time most-read stories.  Booker fans have little to fear, though, as the mayor reported this week that he has raked in another $2 million for his run.

Carlos Danger

Danger's sextcapades have the political world enthralled as his alter ego, Anthony Wiener, continues his bid for New York City Mayor. Though why a guy named Danger would come up with Weiner as his nom de plume is a mystery.

The Back Room

Stung in NY, Astorino says Christie should think about stepping down as RGA chair

Dissed by Gov. Chris Christie, New York Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Christie should consider stepping down from his post as chairman of the Republican Governors Assocation.

Read More >

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 22nd

  Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich has died Union County today mourns the loss of the longest-serving sheriff in New Jersey history, who died last night at the age of 83. (Editor/PolitickerNJ) http://www.politickernj.com/77506/union-county-sheriff-ralph-froehlich-has-died     Cryan serving as acting Union County sheriff, poised to run in November ...

Op-Ed

Legislation needed to restore balance in election financing

By JEFF BRINDLE Much has been written about the magnitude of campaign spending by independent special interest groups.  But until now, there has been little discussion about the impact. During the 2012 Presidential and Congressional contests,... Read More >

Contributors

The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(7-16-14) Casinos in Jersey City, Not Sports Betting - Just as the US. Supreme Court was saying no to sports betting in New Jersey, a former Reebok chief executive... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »
New Jersey 2014 Primary Day Recap (6/4/14) - By the numbers. Worth the read for those interested in GOTV targeting and ballot position logistics.... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"As soon as you step into the lake on foot or in a boat, you're in the state's domain. I feel bad for the snake, and I hope it gets rescued before it dies when it gets cold. It didn't mean to get let out there. This snake should be one thing we can get together on and not worry about party affiliation. Unless the snake's a Democrat." - Republican Mount Arlington Mayor Arthur Ondish

- PolitickerNJ

Poll

Do you think Gov. Chris Christie's RGA travels benefit New Jersey?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources