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

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

“Clearly there’s some resemblance with Theodore Roosevelt. That direct confrontational style of leadership.” - historian Doris Hearns Goodwin, referring to Gov. Chris Christie.

- The Times of Trenton

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