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  1. 1. Happy new Year from PolitickernJ.com InsIde Winners & Losers of the Year * Politician of the Year * Best & Worst Campaigns of 2008 * Top Ten News Stories of 2008 Best Operatives * Moron of the Year * People to Watch PolitickerNJ.com Page 1
  2. 2. wInner OF THe YeAr lOser OF THe YeAr POlITICIAn OF THe YeAr Bob Menendez Joe Ferriero Frank lautenberg eight years ago, when House minority Whip David Bonior 2008 was supposed to be a hallmark year for Joe Ferriero at age 84, Frank lautenberg managed to become the told al gore he should pick then-congressman Bob – his 10th as the uber-successful and incredibly powerful first New Jerseyan to win five races for the United States menendez as his running mate, there were some ques- Bergen county Democratic chairman. Since taking the Senate. and he did it on his own terms against credible tions about whether the Hudson county politician could reins in 1998, Ferriero had transformed the local Demo- primary and general election challengers. extricate himself from his interest in local politics and crats from a perennial minority party to the holder of all but become a leader of national stature. the joke at the time one county-wide office, and a successful bulwark against lautenberg was caught a bit off guard by U.S. rep. rob an- was a mock press release that read: “Vice President Bob statewide republican victories. drews’ unexpected announcement that he would challenge menendez, the Union city Democratic municipal chair- him in the Democratic primary, and even a bit frightened by man, today announced his endorsement of candidates for So coveted was Ferriero’s endorsement in the presidential reports that some key North Jersey Democratic organiza- the Hoboken Board of education.” primary that in order to get it, Hillary clinton had to come tions, most specifically his home county of Bergen, would to Bergen county in January where, on stage with Ferriero give andrews their line. With help from his Senate colleague, menendez has now completed is third year in the United at a rally and apparently oblivious to the irony, she said Bob menendez (it’s important to note that lautenberg, who States Senate and continues to enjoy political success on a “let’s reform the government so it ends the no-bid con- didn’t really get along with Bill Bradley and despised Bob tor- national stage. He is the new chairman of the Democratic tracts and the cronyism and the incompetence.” ricelli, has worked hard to play well with the other Senators Senatorial campaign committee, a leadership post with during his return engagement in the U.S. Senate), he was national visibility and clout, and as one of the ranking latinos But Ferriero made a huge blunder that april, when he able to stop andrews from winning any formal party support in american politics; he’s in demand as a campaigner in looked ready to back U.S. rep. rob andrews’ nascent sen- outside of george Norcross’ South Jersey. key states like Florida, texas and Nevada. He’s transitioned ate primary bid against Bergen county’s own incumbent, from the day-to-day activities of Hudson county politics, but Frank lautenberg immediately, U.S. rep. Steve rothman, although his poll numbers have always been historically he still maintains a strong interest, and considerable clout, working with U.S. Sen. Bob menendez, challenged Fer- lukewarm – his approvals were akin to those of an endan- in New Jersey state politics. menendez’s accumulation of riero’s power by threatening Ferriero’s chairmanship if he gered incumbent, as they were when he won re-election national and state power, and his willingness to step up and backed andrews. Ferriero retreated. in 1988 and 1994 – he ran with the confidence of a man use his influence, makes him the 2008 Winner of the Year. with a safe seat. lautenberg skillfully parried jabs about By the time the Democratic National convention rolled his age and refused to take the bait on insinuations that he When rob andrews decided to take on Frank lautenberg in the around, it was clear that Ferriero was the target of a fed- actually lived with his wife in manhattan. When andrews Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, it was menendez more eral investigation. But he made the rounds at the parties entered the race, lautenberg pledged to self-fund his race than anyone else who fought to protect the political interests anyway, talking little to the press but attending many of if necessary. of his 84-year-old colleague. Seemingly within minutes of the parties and sporting a sun tan. andrews’ announcement, menendez jumped in to shut the most importantly, lautenberg held off debating andrews South Jersey congressman down. He stopped Bergen county a week later, his law office was raided; he took a leave of and Zimmer until the end of the campaign, and avoided Democrats from giving their line to andrews; his use of U.S. absence from his firm and, at least officially, temporar- face-offs on New York and Philadelphia network tV. this rep. Steve rothman as a surrogate in the intra-party battle ily stepped down as chairman. in September, he was angered his opponents and the press – it probably cost that led to Joe Ferriero’s sudden reversal was extraordinary. indicted on eight corruption counts by U.S. attorney chris him a newspaper endorsement or two – but it proved to in Hudson county, menendez helped cut off andrews at the christie, who has prosecuted more than 130 public cor- be a smart political move. Debates on public television kneecaps. He made sure that potential donors stuck with the ruption cases without a single acquittal. the Friday night before the primary and the Saturday night incumbent. He played a key part in holding Union and middle- before the general limited his exposure. and he avoided sex counties for lautenberg. and he campaigned hard for his meanwhile, Barack obama’s Bergen county campaign making a major gaffe that rivals hoped the octogenarian New Jersey colleague – even willing to damage his relationship workers opted against setting up shop in the BcDo head- might commit. with South Jersey Democratic powerhouse george Norcross in quarters so as to disassociate themselves from Ferriero. the process. (they’ve since kissed and made up.) the results weren’t even close. lautenberg crushed an- Ferriero has vowed to fight the charges and has remained drews by 24%, and went on to beat Zimmer by 13%. menendez nemesis christopher christie is now gone as the more or less in control of the party from a background United States attorney, and there has been no sign of any role. after a campaign waged mainly against Ferriero by lautenberg was also astute enough to stay out of the federal investigation that linked the two during the final days local republicans, the Democrats still managed to hold on presidential race during his own election year, avoiding that of the 2006 U.S. Senate campaign. Now menendez will play to all three freeholder seats, although by a lesser margin drama by refusing to back a Democratic primary candidate a pivotal role in the selection of christie’s successor under than usual and despite an obama tailwind. until obama’s win was a foregone conclusion. the new Democratic president. But all of the county-wide elected officials have come to lautenberg committed just one political error as a candi- there was one blip on menendez’s 2008 record: he backed the realization that keeping Ferriero as chairman is politi- date for re-election: his campaign used political connec- the wrong horse in the race for the Democratic presidential cally untenable. earlier this month, the party’s executive tions to get a block of premium tickets to a Springsteen nomination – which is likely the reason he wasn’t offered committee voted for a resolution requiring him to resign concert at the meadowlands, and then sought to sell them a speaking slot at the national convention last summer. by January 15th if he’s not exonerated of all the charges off at a huge profit to campaign donors. once the press But still, menendez delivered for Hillary clinton, who beat against him. if Ferriero does not, the party will likely hold tried to make this an issue, lautenberg cancelled the fund- Barack obama in the February 5 New Jersey primary by a meeting where members will vote on whether or not to raiser and shut the story down. ten points, and now his friend is about to become the U.S. replace him. Secretary of State. By the time he’s done finishing out his next term, laut- although whether Ferriero’s opponents can marshal enberg will be just shy of 91. While most insiders expect as the new DScc chairman, menendez is now Harry reid’s enough votes from the county committee’s rank and file this to be lautenberg’s last term, it’s a testament to his personal political confidante at a time when the Senate to remove the sitting chairman is an open question (many political skill that the possibility of him running again in majority leader faces his own competitive re-election in of those members hold public jobs thank to Ferriero), 2014 remains open. Nevada. menendez is also poised to get a much coveted even if Ferriero survives he’ll be leading a party wracked seat on the Senate Finance committee, and he enjoys a with internal strife while facing his own corruption trial. if runners uP: nexT PAge strong personal relationship with the new White House he beats the rap, look for a triumphant return. chief of Staff, who is his former House colleague. PolitickerNJ.com Page 2
  3. 3. runners uP runners uP FAVOrITe wInners OF THe YeAr lOsers OF THe YeAr HeAdlInes neil Cohen lisa Jackson the assembly Deputy OF THe YeAr the former state envi- Speaker resigned last ronmental Protection July after state officials commissioner became find child pornography on gov. Jon corzine’s chief his legislative office com- of Staff on December Blind rabbi’s puter. He was indicted in 1 and on December 15 December. won a seat in Barack opponent obama’s cabinet as the administrator of the U.S. in Bacon environmental Protection agency. —referring to Dennis Shulman’s challenge in the Democratic congressional primary Bob Mulcahy leonard lance from personalized mug designer roger Bacon. the longtime rutgers the former State Senate athletic Director is fired minority leader is elected amidst criticism of secret to congress, winning the deals surrounding the open seat of retiring U.S. school’s football program. rep. mike Ferguson. rob Andrews John Adler the congressman from the Senate Judiciary Shreck is the new camden county challeng- committee chairman be- es Frank lautenberg in comes the first Democrat mayor of the Democratic U.S. Sen- to represent his district in ate primary, loses, and congress since 1882. Bradley Beach then cancels his pledge not to seek re-election to — after Julie Shreck defeated gary engelstad the House. by 30 votes last may. Stender’s a Bill layton george Arwady Fact Bender and Jim willse the Burlington county goP chairman loses the hard-nosed Star- —a column by Star-ledger columnist Paul two Freeholder seats ledger publisher and mulshine after linda Stender attacked leon- and a county clerk race editor helped save the ard lance for supporting christie Whitman’s after denying Diane state’s largest newspa- pension bond plan in 1997, which he did not. allen the chance to run per by pushing for 200 for Jim Saxton’s seat in buyouts and convincing congress. two labor unions to follow his demands. Politicians of the Year Donald Scarinci, 2000 michael Beson, 2003 Juan melli, 2006 John lynch, 2001 Joseph Ferriero, 2004 Stephen adubato, 2007 christopher christie, 2002 richard codey, 2005 Frank lautenberg, 2008 PolitickerNJ.com Page 3
  4. 4. TOP 10 POlITICAl sTOrIes OF 2008 1 Neil cohen, one of the most influential members of Her replacement, andy Unanue, never left his colorado the New Jersey State assembly, resigned in July after vacation home and was out within a few weeks. State state officials found child pornography on his legislative Sen. Joseph Pennacchio’s 1991 “manifesto” made it hard office computer. the assembly Deputy Speaker and for some goP county leaders to back him. others, like chairman of the Banking and insurance committee, biotech millionaire John crowley, State Sen. kip Bate- was later indicted. He was turned in by his running man, and U.S. marshal James Plousis, openly flirted with mates, State Sen. raymond lesniak and assemblyman running. Finally, the nomination was won by Dick Zim- Joseph cryan, the Democratic State chairman. mer, a former republican congressman who has been out of office since losing a 1996 Senate race. 4 rob andrews, a ten-term congressman from camden county, challenged four-term incumbent Frank lautenberg in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senator. andrews secured the backing of South Jersey Democrats and won some North Jersey endorsements, but could not get any organization lines outside of the South. lautenberg beat him 59%-35%, with 6% for polls show corzine in a close race against republican morristown mayor Donald cresitello. christopher christie, the former U.S. attorney; he’s leading 42%-36%. the governor’s plan to increase tolls failed, and he deals with a pending lawsuit over the release of e-mail to and from his former girlfriend, labor leader carla katz and substantial shortfalls in the state budget. katz is an unpaid PolitickerNJ.com columnist. 8 New Jersey Democrats had their eleventh consecu- tive winning year on November 4, 2008. Frank laut- enberg was re-elected to the U.S. Senate and John adler won a seat in congress that republicans have held since 2 New Jersey’s newspapers have suffered massive 1884. Democrats won control of the monmouth county budget cuts and layoffs. the Star-ledger, the largest Board of Freeholders, won major victories in Burlington daily newspaper, threatened to closes its doors unless and cumberland countywide races, and held their 7-0 200 employees agreed to buyouts and two labor unions majority on the Bergen county Board of Freeholders ratified new contracts. gannett slashed their state- despite the indictment of their county chairman. Ba- house bureau from six reporters to two, and cut several rack obama easily carried New Jersey’s fifteen electoral veteran editors. the New York times has effectively votes. republicans held mike Ferguson’s seventh dis- 5 pulled out of New Jersey; they didn’t cover the state conservative leader Steve lonegan, the former trict House seat, unseated a veteran Democratic Sheriff budget or the lautenberg/Zimmer Senate campaign. mayor of Bogota and a goP candidate for governor in atlantic county, and beat a Democratic Freeholder in Politicker.com, which operates PolitickerNJ.com, also in 2009, was arrested during a protest outside one of Salem county. experienced budget cuts. gov. Jon corzine’s town hall meetings to discuss his plan to raise tolls. the charges were dropped, but not until 3 New Jersey republicans had a heck of a time finding the story became lonegan and not corzine. lonegan a candidate for U.S. Senate. anne evans estabrook was an unpaid PolitickerNJ.com columnist until entering unexpectedly withdrew after suffering a minor stroke. the race for governor in December. 6 Joseph Ferriero, the Bergen county Democratic chairman and one of the most powerful political insiders in the state, was indicted on charges that he concealed his ownership in a grants consulting firm while using his influence to deliver public contracts to the company. Dennis oury, the BcDo counsel, was also indicted. 9 Sharpe James and Wayne Bryant, two of New Jer- sey’s most powerful public officials over the last two decades, were convicted of federal corruption charges. James was the five-term mayor of Newark (and a State Senator) and Bryant was the chairman of the power Senate appropriations committee. 10 a Superior court Judge removed Dana rone from her seat on the Newark city council because she sought to influence a Newark police officer during a traffic stop of her nephew. rone was barred from ever 7 Jon corzine continues to struggle in his bid to gain holding public office again, and a special election was the approval of New Jersey voters. a February held to fill her central Ward council seat. Quinnipiac poll had his job approval at an upside-down 37%-52%; by November, he was at 43%-46% -- slightly better heading into his re-election year. two Quinnipiac PolitickerNJ.com Page 4
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  6. 6. BesT And wOrsT CAMPAIgns OF 2008 BesT CAMPAIgns took advantage of a symbiotic relationship with the adler cam- OF THe YeAr paign, and went aggressively after the record of incumbents aubrey Fenton and Stacy Jordan. the campaign’s video assault on Burl- 1. Frank lautenberg for u.s. senate ington goP pay to play was one of the campaign to re-elect Frank the best hits of the season.’ lautenberg to the United States Senate was nearly flawless. they 6. Anthony Ferrera and gloria took heat from rivals and reporters McCauley for Hillsborough on process issues like debates, Township Committee but refused to waver on their plan. the republican municipal “He’s smart to avoid the campaign candidates ran about 3,000 because the campaign trail is rife votes ahead of John mccain, a with the potential for missteps and testament to the effectiveness of mistakes,” said montclair State a modern-day suburban political University political science profes- machine that has merged old- sor Brigid Harrison. fashioned constituent service with 21st century campaign QuOTe OF 2. leonard lance for Congress tactics. For much of the year, the conven- tional wisdom was that leonard THe YeAr 7. wilda diaz for Mayor of lance couldn’t raise enough mon- Perth Amboy ey to overcome linda Stender in a the upset of the year was in Perth strong Democratic year. But while amboy, where first time candidate lance couldn’t keep pace with Wilda Diaz upset 18-year mayor “We called it the Friday Night Stender, who had huge financial Joe Vas despite being outspent support from Washington Demo- Special ... So one night, we by a substantial margin. Diaz crats, he brought in enough cash become the agent of change came in. I went down to the to mount an effective campaign. and showed that a grass roots Starting with his primary victory, it basement bathroom, and insurgency really can beat an was clear he was in the race to win. lance, perhaps for entrenched political organization. when I came up, to my shock, the first time in his political career, took off the gloves in his fight with linda Stender, but he never got dirty doing she was basically undressed 8. Barack Obama for President it. team lance knew their greatest strength was their New Jersey’s fifteen electoral and on the loveseat with candidate. votes were never really in the red Jim. So I sat on the couch column, but the Democrats acted 3. John Adler for Congress like they could have been. Under Some people forget that the and watched and eventually the leadership of Democratic Senate Judiciary chairman got in State chairman Joe cryan, state joined in. And that’s how it the race when he thought 12-term campaign director tricia mueller, incumbent Jim Saxton would be got going,” he said. “We came and coordinated campaign chief his opponent. adler concentrated mike muller, Barack obama’s up with this nice little formu- heavily on fundraising, and by the New Jersey campaign ran a time Saxton announced his retire- la for making it work.” tremendous grass roots opera- ment, the Democrat already had tion, and their extraordinary voter — Former gubernatorial aide Teddy a sizeable warchest. it seemed registration drive is likely to have an evergreen effect up like adler never stopped raising Pederson, on his three-way and down New Jersey. money. chris myers was no pushover, and adler stayed relationship with James E. and on message with the economy from the beginning. He 9. Andre sayegh for Paterson Dina Matos McGreevey. worked the fish and game political channels in ocean, City Councilman vibed with the Pemberton and Willingboro obama (New York Post, 03/17/08) the 6th Ward Paterson city organization in Burlington, and worked their base in council candidate landed the cherry Hill. this was a big win for Steve ayscue, a close endorsement of retiring city ally of george Norcross, who played a key role from day councilman thomas rooney, and one of the adler for congress campaign. built a multi-ethnic, multi-racial grassroots organization to shut 4. Mark smith for Mayor of Bayonne down his chief opponent. the Bayonne mayoral candidate runner-uP shut down his opponent with fund- 10. Carl Block for Ocean raising, alliance-building and old County Clerk fashioned door to door campaign- “I don’t use e-mail now.” the goP incumbent faced a ing. When a ghost from Smith’s tough opponent in Berkeley town- — Gov. Jon Corzine police past intruded into the cam- ship mayor Jason Varano, who paign, the candidate addressed (Star-Ledger, 06/19/08) was the recipient of campaign the issue up front, took every funds from Democrats all over the question, and never tried to hide. state, including gov. Jon corzine. Democrats went on tV and radio 5. Chris Brown and Mary Anne reinhart for before the goP did, and while Burlington County Freeholder ocean is solidly republican, this the Burlington county Democrats, led by rick Perr race was hardly a cakewalk. and chris Fifis, worked statewide fundraising channels, PolitickerNJ.com Page 6
  7. 7. More Corruption More Wasteful Spending PRACTICE AREAS AT T O R N E Y S AT L AW Appellate Practice More Debt and Higher Taxes Aviation & Aircraft Law Business Law & No Property Tax Relief Commercial Transactions Commercial Real Estate, Redevelopment & Environmental Law Complex Commercial Litigation Corporate Political Activity Law Obtaining positive results in law requires Education Law experience, commitment, determination, and Employment Law & a team you can trust. You can’t succeed Litigation alone. Choosing the right lawyers for your Health & Hospital Law team makes all the difference. The lawyers Labor Law at Genova, Burns & Vernoia are team players Public Contract Law & who work with you as partners to plan, Bid Protest Litigation strategize, and, if need be, fight to protect Solid Waste & Recycling Law and promote your business successes. White Collar Criminal Defense, Corporate Internal Investigations HAD ENOUGH? & Corporate Ethics www.gbvlaw.com 2009 – The year for real change. 494 BROAD STREET NEWARK, NJ 07102 telephone 973-533-0777 facsimile 973-533-1112 Paid for by Assembly Republican Victory ’09, Ron Gravino, Treasurer. new york, ny camden, nj red bank, nj philadelphia, pa PolitickerNJ.com Page 7
  8. 8. BesT And wOrsT CAMPAIgns OF 2008 wOrsT CAMPAIgns didn’t seem to care about process issues like debates. in the end, andrews for Senate, which won just 35% of the OF THe YeAr vote, was nothing more than tilting at the windmills of political ambition. 1. linda stender for Congress 6. Finn Caspersen Jr. for somerset County Freeholder after coming within 1% of the impatiently ambitious son of millionaire business- ousting mike Ferguson in 2006, man/philanthropist Finn caspersen, who ran for Bed- Stender was viewed as a likely minster councilman after first trying to winner for Democrats. But her fun for congress, desperately wants to MOrOn OF THe YeAr campaign was an unmitigated move up the political ladder. His chal- disaster. Her local supporters lenge to two incumbent Freeholders at never got along with the emily’s the Somerset goP convention fell short Jersey City Councilman steve lipski, who list imports who seemingly because he failed to articulate a com- faces charges of public urination after standing hijacked the entire operation. pelling argument for chance, or to use on a balcony and evacuating his bladder on a there was no coherent message. the advantage of his personal wealth to crowd of people at a night club in Washington, Stender offended a core Democratic constituency with an build a grass roots operation. D.c. From the New York Daily News (11/09/08): offensive tV ad – one of many examples of how the four- “a drunken Jersey city councilman was arrested term assemblywoman lost control of her own campaign. 7. Jim Mcgettigan for Atlantic County sheriff for urinating on a crowd of concertgoers from Paybacks can be a real bitch. the Democratic Sheriff the balcony of a Washington nightclub, police 2. Andy unanue for u.s. senate tried to unseat goP county execu- and club sources said Saturday. councilman the goya Foods heir got in the race tive Dennis levinson in 2007, and his Steven lipski was caught relieving himself on easter Sunday and refused to campaign tactics left the winners onto several revelers at the 9:30 club during a cut short a ski vacation in Vail to with some deep resentment. mcget- concert by a grateful Dead tribute band Friday meet party leaders, campaign for tigan never sought to do any damage night.” the nomination, and defend himself control, and was a bit overconfident against bad news stories that cap- in is chances to win a sixth term. De- runners uP: sized a ship that should never have spite Democratic wins for Freeholder, been put in the water in the first mcgettigan was a loser. wanda Molina, the former Jersey city munici- place. He dropped out of the race without ever making a pal court chief Judge, was indicted in a ticket campaign appearance. 8. Josh Zeitz for Congress fixing scandal. molina is accused of dismissing For a while, it looked as though chris Smith’s fifteenth eight parking tickets for a friend. Virginia Pagan, 3. lillian Burley and John Curley for Monmouth Democratic opponent had some promise as he posi- the former court administrator, allegedly fixed County Freeholder tioned the race as New Jersey vs. 215 tickets received by herself and her daughter. the republicans seemed Virginia. the college history profes- to have no organization, no sor never really got Smith’s 28-year Former Pleasantville Board of education mem- coordination between the connection with New Jersey voters ber James McCormick, on the witness stand candidates, and no appar- as he peddled story after story during his primary trial, said: “i stand corrected. ent opposition research. that sought to make Smith look as i didn’t realize it was a bribe because it wasn’t a Despite Democratic wins though he lacked integrity. When the bribe to me. Until i was arrested, i didn’t know it in 2006 and 2007, the goP incumbent went to the republic of was supposedly a bribe.” pretended that the Demo- georgia to facilitate the return of two cratic threat was a mirage. they were only half right, and New Jersey children caught up in a Pemberton republican official ed Kuck, who now the Democrats control the Freeholder Board, 3-2. war zone, Zeitz didn’t recognize that voters didn’t care was forced to resign after posting a “obama where Smith lived as long as he produced. loves america like o.J. loves Nicole” banner on 4. Murray sabrin for u.s. senate the local goP website. the ramapo college professor is a 9. Camille Andrews for Congress nice guy, but his third statewide cam- if one were to assume that the Hardwick township committeeman Alfred Car- paign came off as just plain mean. His campaign of rob andrews’ wife for razzone had a problem with bathroom facilities claim to be the front runner was just his open House seat was serious, at a public swimming beach in Warren county plain crazy. His press releases, while even as a placeholder, then the effort last summer: “Whew, what a mess that was with entertaining to political insiders, were receives a failing grade. camille all the, you know, Puerto ricans and, my god, divisive. He was unable to replicate andrews didn’t take her position as terrible.” at a local level the enthusiasm his the Democratic standard bearer se- friend ron Paul generated nationally, riously. She refused offers to debate, although his third place 14% of the vote was still better rejected press calls, and declined to than anything Paul received. Sabrin joined PolitickerNJ. discuss her positions on issues. She new JerseY, com as an unpaid columnist in December. did raise about $70,000, and used some of the money to reimburse herself nearly $7,000 in credit card bills, pay FOr OnCe, 5. rob Andrews for u.s. senate for mailings and computers, and pay for a staff. For the 10-term congress- duMPs Our man from camden county, a last-minute primary chal- 10. Bob decheine for Obama TrAsH In lenge against Frank laut- n.J. Campaign director enberg must have seemed U.S. rep. Steve rothman’s new YOrK like a good idea at the time. chief of Staff launched a very He thought he’d be able to public campaign to run Barack raise enough money, and obama’s New Jersey campaign CrAIg CArTOn was led to believe that he’d and lost. the last thing chicago COMPleTes FIrsT score a few organization wanted was the Decheine vs. lines in North Jersey. the mueller race being fought out in Full YeAr AT wFAn. lines didn’t come through, causing the money to dry up. the open. the attacks on lautenberg’s age didn’t work, and people PolitickerNJ.com Page 8
  9. 9. BesT OPerATIVe OF THe YeAr Brendan gill dwight Brown Joe Colletti samantha Maltzman the veteran Democratic operative from montclair managed Frank lautenberg’s 2008 re-election campaign. lautenberg beat rob an- drews by 24 points in the Democratic primary and Dick Zimmer by 13 points in the general election. Tricia Mueller Michael Muller Jason O’donnell runners uP BesT OPerATIVes OF 2008 dwight Brown, campaign manager, charles Bell for Newark city council Joe Colletti, Field Staffer, John mccain for President nicole davidman, republican fundraiser Tim del Monico, Field Staff, N.J. obama campaign Amanda gasperino, campaign manager, Scott garrett for congress Christy gleason, executive Director, camden county Democrats lynne Hurwitz, campaign manager, Bergen county Democratic organization Frank luna, ocean county republican operative samantha Maltzman, Finance Director, Frank lautenberg for U.S. Senate Julie roginsky Mark warren Amanda woloshen Jennifer May, Finance Director, John adler for congress Tricia Mueller, N.J. State Director, Barack obama for President Michael Muller, Director, New Jersey Democratic coordinated campaign Jason O’donnell, campaign manager, mark Smith for mayor of Bayonne donna robinson, South Jersey Democratis fundraiser Julie roginsky, Spokesperson, Frank lautenberg for U.S. Senate Chris russell, campaign manager, chris myers for congress raiyan syed, South Jersey Democratic operative Adam steinberger, Field Director, monmouth county Democrats Mark warren, campaign manager, John adler for congress Amanda woloshen, campaign manager, leonard lance for congress Tim del Monico Amanda gasperino Christy gleason YOgI BerrA-IsM OF THe YeAr Chris Christie declares in April that illegal immigrants aren’t breaking the law while being here illegally. In MeMOrIuM the political community lost a good man on march 15 with the assembly Speaker William Dickey; former assemblyman death of goP political consultant Tom Blakely. He collapsed arthur albohn; Salem county Freeholder chuck Sullivan; during a 5k race at the age of 46. Democrats and republicans former Stafford mayor Wesley Bell; former mt. Holly mayor Jim admired him for his tenacity, his integrity, and his intensity, and Smith; former atlantic city mayor Joseph lazarow; Democratic he is missed. pollster Don Herche; former Jersey city council President Bobby Jackson; reporter russ Flannagan; former essex county goP powerhouse Joseph intile; gloria Bontempo, the widow other New Jersey political figures who passed away in 2008 of former New Jersey Democratic State chairman Salvatore include: former U.S. rep. matthew rinaldo; middlesex county Bontempo; and marian Pallone, the mother of U.S. rep. Frank Freeholder David crabiel; former State Senators Walter Pallone. kavanaugh, anne clark martindell and Ned Parsekian; former PolitickerNJ.com Page 9
  10. 10. Happy Holidays CONGRESSMAN FRANK PALLONE Chairman, Health Subcommittee Energy and Commerce Committee www.pallonefornewjersey.com Paid for by Pallone for Congress PolitickerNJ.com Page 10
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  12. 12. BesT PrACTICAl JOKe OF THe YeAr gov. Jon Corzine never returned the phone calls of Michael Kravitz, a local goP candidate in West Deptford. “they would never put me through,” kravitz complained. So last october, kravitz called the governor’s office again, but this time he said he was george norcross. kravitz: “is Jon there?” lady answering the phone” “Who is calling?” kravitz: “george” lady: “george who?” kravitz: “george Norcross” “right away i was talking to Jon corzine,” kravitz says. i asked him, ‘How can you take a call and talk to george Norcross but not the average New Jersey citizen.” the State Police were apparently investigating the call, but no word yet.” FOR MAXIMUM IMPACT: Jamestown Associates. New Jersey’s winners include: Leonard Lance for Congress Ocean County GOP Middletown Town Council Salem County Freeholder In a very difficult year for Republican candidates throughout New Jersey, Jamestown provided the out-of-the-box thinking and persuasive voter contact that made the difference. Jamestown Associates 609.514.7300 www.jamestownassociates.com PolitickerNJ.com Page 12
  13. 13. PeOPle TO wATCH In 2009 John Ashcroft marriage and conservatives for his views the former U.S. attorney general, who on school funding, is up for reappointment received a $50 million federal monitor in 2009. contract from chris christie, is sure to be an rick Perr issue in the 2009 campaign for governor. the Burlington county Democratic chair- steven goldstein man will have two Freeholders, a county all eyes will be on the garden State equality clerk and a Surrogate in 2009 – and the leader as the New Jersey legislature con- opportunity to take control of county siders a marriage equality law. government. ralph Marra, Jr. Bonnie watson Coleman John Ashcroft Barry Albin steven goldstein the acting U.S. attorney could hold the sec- the assembly majority leader is the front ond most powerful position in New Jersey runner to be New Jersey’s first lieutenant for most of 2009. governor. Bill Caruso Christine “roz” samuels the former chief of Staff to U.S. rep. rob one of the first superdelegates to switch andrews succeeds Bill castner as the her support from Hillary clinton to Barack new executive Director of the assembly obama. She lost her bid for re-election republicans. as New Jersey’s Democratic National committeewoman in June, calling the vote rick shaftan “retaliation for February.” the veteran conservative strategist is Frank Pallone leading Steve lonegan’s campaign for the republican nomination for governor. the Democratic congressman helped Christine “roz” Bonnie watson ralph Marra, Jr. Henry Waxman oust John Dingell as House samuels Coleman Patrick Murray energy & commerce chairman, making the Director of the monmouth University his Health Subcommittee chair even more poll has increasingly emerged as the new powerful. David rebovich. richard Codey wilda diaz the Senate President and former governor the new mayor of Perth amboy, who upset is still New Jersey’ most popular Democrat, incumbent Joseph Vas, seems to be emerg- and that matters if the race for the Demo- ing as genuine reformer. Some Democrats cratic gubernatorial nomination changes say Jon corzine should pick her for lieuten- suddenly. ant governor. Bill Palatucci Barry Albin the lawyer/lobbyist/goP strategist who richard Codey Bill Palatucci Frank Pallone the associate Justice of the New Jersey ran campaigns for ronald reagan and tom Supreme court, who has annoyed liberals kean is chris christie’s closest friend and for writing the decision against same sex top advisor. THe lIne THAT deFIned THe PrOTesT And MAde nJ101.5 MegA MOneY “Pigs will fly over the Statehouse before there is a realistic level of new taxes or spending cuts that can fix this mess.” — Gov. Jon Corzine, on New Jersey’s fiscal woes. (Star-Ledger, 01/09/07) Charlie Stile explains it all: “The Flying Pig Flap cap- tures the paradox of Jon Corzine. After spending more than $100 million of his own money to become an elected politician, he remains the anti-politician -- struggling to master the salesmanship side of his new profession. He sees the problem and can articulate it through pie charts, bar graphs and phrases like ‘un- funded liabilities’ and other Wall Street wonk words that spell fiscal disaster.” (The Record, 02/12/08) PolitickerNJ.com Page 13
  14. 14. Happy Holidays Cape May County Regular Republican Organization David I. Von Savage, Chairman Ordered and Paid for by the Cape May County Regular Republican Organization PolitickerNJ.com Page 14
  15. 15. OVersTAYIng Hudson county Freeholder Bill Braker, who served 41 months in a federal prison on corruption charges. (Jer- HIs welCOMe sey Journal, 04/25/08) carmen orechio lost his bid for re-election to an eleventh four-year nOw IT All MAKes sense term as a Nutley commissioner in may 2008, ending a career in local When assembly Deputy Speaker alfred Steele was government that began in 1968. a arrested in 2007 and charged with taking bribes, his MOsT lIKelY TO former Senate President, orechio republican opponent sounded surprised. “al Steele is was a State Senator from 1974 to lOse THeIr JOBs In 2009 a great guy,” said chauncey Brown, a Paterson Board of 1992. education member. Nearly ten months later, Brown was also charged in the same bribery scandal. william Clark, the Director of the state Division of BesT Free Press investments. the state pension fund he manages lost a OF THe YeAr reported $25 billion over the last six months. COluMBO AwArd Tom wilson, the republican State chairman, whose Steve lonegan got arrested during a peaceful demon- term is up in June. stration outside gov. Jon corzine’s town hall meeting goP State chairman tom Wilson was able to trace a in atlantic county. the story of lonegan’s opposition prankster who was impersonating him in e-mails to Joseph Ferriero, the Bergen county Democratic chairman. to toll hikes became front page news. the record’s republican county chairmen to Patrick Donohue, a alfred Doblin explains it: “in the game of media one- consultant to murray Sabrin’s U.S. Senate campaign. wOrsT JIngle OF THe YeAr upmanship, lonegan is winning. He took a handful of lemons and made himself a very nice whiskey sour.” BesT lIne On THe BIggesT (the record, 01/25/07) “Hey, ho. Hey, ho. it’s Jersey Joe Pennacchio.” For some Pre-BlAgOJeVICH sCAndAl unexplained reason, Pennacchio passed on a more and the best quote about the arrest came from State OF THe YeAr effective radio ad to use the jingle in pre-primary robo Sen. gerald cardinale, talking about corzine: “Who calls. does he think he is – Joe Stalin?” (PolitickerNJ.com, “Now, what i want to know is: what kind of whore costs 01/22/08) wOrsT TIP OF THe YeAr $5,500? i mean, that’s even more money than lawyers get, for essentially the same service.” – assemblyman MOsT eFFeCTIVe michael Patrick carroll (r-morris), on New York gov. the one spoon fed to Pulitzer Prize winning Star-ledger endOrseMenT OF THe YeAr eliot Spitzer. (PolitickerNJ.com. 03/10/08) reporter Josh margolin, who reported the morning after Barack obama’s election that gov. Jon corzine was be- I’M nOT rAY lesnIAK AwArd ing vetted for U.S. Secretary of the treasury. Six Democratic congressmen from New Jersey endors- ing Frank lautenberg for U.S. Senate over their House wOrsT AdVAnCe wOrK OF colleague, rob andrews. Democratic State chairman Joe cryan stuck with the sinking ship known as the S.S. linda Stender, becoming THe YeAr leAsT eFFeCTIVe one of the few Democrats willing to beat up on leonard lance: “He’s not independent. He’s as partisan as they endOrseMenT OF THe YeAr Standing next to Bergen county Democratic chair- come. independent my ass!,” cryan told PolitickerNJ. man Joe Ferriero at her campaign rally in Hackensack, com in october. Hillary clinton said: “let’s reform the government so Democratic State Sen. raymond lesniak announcing it ends the no-bid contracts and the cronyism and the six weeks after the election that he was secretly backing sTuPId Is As sTuPId dOes incompetence.” republican leonard lance for congress. atlantic city councilman george tibbitt alleged that sTrOngesT mayor David evans offered him city jobs in exchange for BesT FIgHT OF THe YeAr help with his re-election campaign: “this guy is either sTATeMenT OF 2008 BeTween FrIends wired or incredibly stupid tibbitt, alleging told the Press of atlantic city a month before evans lost the Demo- U.S. rep. Bill Pascrell, stating with cratic primary to lorenzo langford. the exchange between U.S. rep. Steve rothman and complete certainty, that karl rove Surrogate michael Dressler in a closed door meeting of was going to hell. “Dante’s inferno Bergen county Democratic leaders following the indict- laid out very specifically the very POll OF THe YeAr ment of Bergen county Democratic chairman Joseph levels receding into hell. and the hot- Ferriero: test place is reserved for those who distort the truth, who manipulate the one that former Democratic State chairman tom rothman: “F-ck you, f-ck you, f-ck you.” our minds, or who attempt to do it, Byrne put in the field to test his chances in a primary Fressler: “F-ck you too.” anyway. So i don’t think Bush and against U.S. Sen. Frank lautenberg. Byrne bailed on the cheney will be at the hottest point race, but some of the numbers encouraged U.S. rep. THIngs we wIsH were On in the inferno, but i sure as hell know rob andrews to get in. that karl rove will be,” Pascrell told PolitickerNJ.com at YOuTuBe the Democratic National convention last summer. OnlY In new JerseY U.S. Sen. Bob menendez singing tora lora lora during and don’t forget Pascrell’s motto: “this is serious busi- Former Passaic city councilman marcellus Jackson, a party for New Jersey delegates at the Democratic ness, this democracy.” (the record, 01/31/07) who had already pleaded guilty to federal corruption National convention in Denver. charges and was awaiting sentencing, was the master of ceremonies at a campaign rally for Passaic mayoral What if conservative assemblyman mike Doherty takes welCOMe HOMe candidate Vinny capuana, and was spotted at the door garden State equality chair Steven goldstein up on his taking cash contributions. another former Passaic city offer to be in his wedding party? Former Hudson county executive Bob Janiszewski was councilman involved in the same scandal, Jonathan released from prison in april. “We fall down, but we get Soto, was hired by the county Board of elections as an up. there are reasons there are erasers on pencils, and official challenger last June.| that’s because people make mistakes,” said former PolitickerNJ.com Page 15
  16. 16. wOrd OF THe YeAr: MOsT POlITICAllY InCOrreCT MAnIFesTO PredICTIOn OF THe YeAr a 94-page manifesto written in 1991 that called for the rick merkt: “the odds are even money that (Frank) creation of a new Nationalist Party was one of the main lautenberg won’t live out his term. reasons the author, Joseph Pennacchio, was unable to (Daily record, 06/05/08) win party support in his bid for the U.S. Senate despite considerable turmoil in the goP field. Now a State Senator, Pennachchio had proposed housing the home- less in military-run camps, and suggested a conspiracy theory in the assassination of President John F. kennedy. seCOnd BesT IllInOIs sCAndAl OF THe YeAr Feud OF THe YeAr THree wOrds THAT exPlAIn gov. Jon corzine returns from a June 2008 visit to his dICK ZIMMer’s CAMPAIgn Dick codey and george Zoffinger. home state of illinois only to find that the Senate major- ity leader had proposed eliminating abraham lincoln’s Zoffinger: “(Dick) codey’s an idiot, birthday as a state holiday. “i do not.” -- James laurie, an 18-year-old Brookdale and you can print that.” community college student, asked if he knew who Dick HArsHesT InTrA-PArTY Zimmer was. (Star-ledger, 07/06/08) codey: “in my 34 years in politics, COMMenT OF THe YeAr FrOM i never met a more dishonest per- THAT’s wHAT HAPPens wHen sOMeOne nOT nAMed lAuT- BIll BArOnI MOVes TO THe son than george Zoffinger.” enBerg Or Andrews senATe “i don’t get a god damn thing for our city…. So far this THe egYPTIAn assemblywoman linda greenstein, overhead on the administration has not done a whole hell of a lot for floor of the State assembly, saying “can somebody HIerOglYPHICs AwArd the citizens of Jersey city.” -- Jersey city mayor Jer- please get over here and tell me how to vote?” ramiah Healy, on state government. (PolitickerNJ.com, 01/04/08) the interpretive statement to Ballot Question #2, THe VerY QuOTABle defeated by voters, sponsored by assemblyman John CAr OF THe YeAr Wisniewski. rOnAld rICe slAP dOwn OF THe YeAr attorney general anne milgram’s 1994 Honda accord. How did it even reach 69 mph? and milgram gets the “She’s no Zulima Farber award’ for taking the $176 Senate President richard codey wasn’t taking any crap speeding ticket and the four points that come with it, from goP State Sen. Jennifer Beck. “i respect your right without seeking special consideration. She didn’t even to speak. However, respect the chamber,” codey told give up a PBa card. Beck during a Senate session. AluMnI OF THe YeAr runners-uP Hudson goP chairman Jose arango didn’t even realize he was being slapped when U.S. attorney christopher three people who aren’t from New Jersey but their christie told a radio audience: “those who hold the ties to garden State politics are worthy of recognition: power and corrupt the power are the ones that we’re David Plouffe, who managed Bob torricelli’s 1996 U.S. after. You know in Hudson county, is it shocking to know Senate race against Dick Zimmer, ran Barack obama’s “Bonnie Watson coleman’s a good choice. So is Nia gill. that most of the people we’ve indicted and convicted campaign for the presidency – arguably one of the So is Shirley turner. So are all the other legislative Black were Democrats? a Hudson county republican would best races in american political history; Jill Hazelbaker, caucus Nubian queens.” -- State Sen. ronald rice, on love to be indicted. it would show they were relevant.” who was tom kean, Jr’s communications director in who Jon corzine should pick for lieutenant governor in (WgBo, 11/21/08) the 2006 Senate race, became John mccain’s national 2009.(PolitickerNJ.com, 01/31/08) communications director after the first staff cutback and handled the job extraordinarily well; and the multi- “Steve’s a guy who wants his epitaph to be, ‘i controlled convicted ex-goP operative allan raymond, on then- talented matthew miller, who worked for Bob menendez everything in my life,’ but he’s just a guy with a big ego, congressional candidate, now U.S. District court Judge, before becoming communications director of the Demo- who wants everyone to kiss his behind like we’re out Bill martini: “What a con artist the man was! His mis- cratic Senatorial campaign committee – and if Politico here picking a bunch of cotton bales, black, white and truths came in layers - they came in thirty-one flavors!” is right, could be headed for the Department of Justice latino, all of us. to hell with Steve.” -- State Sen. ronald raymond, who served as martini’s chief of Staff in as spokesman for the new attorney general. rice, on Newark Democratic leader Steve adubato. congress, made the comments in his book, confessions (PolitickerNJ.com, 05/31/08) of a republican operative: How to rig an election wOrsT PredICTIOn OF THe YeAr MOsT COMICAl lIe deTeCTOr sCAndAl TO wATCH sCenArIO sInCe denIrO & tom Wilson: In 2009 sTIller In “MeeT THe PArenTs” During his testimony in the federal trial of former “New Jersey is Senate appropriations committee chairman Wayne Bryant, Democratic budget staffer going to love Sarah Palin. Senate President Dick codey and assembly minority george leBlanc revealed the existence of a leader alex Decroce. (PolitickerNJ.com, 08/29/08) secret slush fund where individual legislators designated which entities would receive amounts of money from the state account. PolitickerNJ.com Page 16

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