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Stellato & Barlas have great week as Bergen chairs

By David Wildstein, April 06 2018 12:51 am

 

Winner Losers
PHIL MURPHY STEVE FULOP
The Governor has a strong week: good poll numbers; town hall meeting; put out fire in Hoboken; raised money for Bob Menendez; and sends his top political guy, Adam Alonso, into Bergen to help clear the field in a State Senate race.  The indecorous Mayor of Jersey City makes fun of the way middle class people live by taking a shot at life and housing in adjacent Bayonne, causing city officials to defend the honor of their city and punch Fulop in the face.  
AL BARLAS TOM MASTRANGELO
 The Essex County Republican Chairman — and apparently the de facto Bergen GOP Chairman — puts his part first and allows all Bergen Republicans to use the party slogan he owns, avoiding total chaos among local candidates who are not involved in the party’s chaos. The Morris County Freeholder annoys GOP leaders by touting his own candidacy for Jay Webber’s Assembly seat in 2019, whether Webber wins or loses his race for Congress — as if lineless Morris needed to be in a greater state of disarray.
LOU STELLATO STEVE LONEGAN
 The Bergen County Democratic Chairman demonstrates strong leadership by delivering a quick and seamless victory to his preferred candidate for Bob Gordon’s State Senate seat, Joe Lagana.  The former Mayor of Bogota loses his bid to run on the “Republicans for the President’s Agenda” slogan after rival John McCann buys it first.
ALBIO SIRES GEOFF SANTINI
The six-term Congressman will have no primary opponent after all, avoiding an early battle in the Hudson County Democratic warette.  The North Bergen political guy loses his job as security director for the local housing authority amidst an investigation of his low-show job — though he’s still an aide to Freeholder Anthony Vainieri.
TROY SINGLETON  MITCH HORN
The freshman Democratic State Senator from Burlington County gets a full committee chairmanship after less than three months in the Senate, becoming the chairman of the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.  And Vin Gopal, also a freshman, is the new Senate Majority Conference Leader. The former Morris County freeholder candidate drove all around the state getting shellacked in his bid for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, but ultimately couldn’t get 1,000 signatures to even get his name on the ballot. 

 

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