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The Week The Era of Jim Treffinger Ended

By David Wildstein, August 24 2018 12:02 am

 

Winner Losers
LEROY JONES RICK JANKOWSKI
The Essex County Democratic Chairman has a huge turnout at an August fundraiser, continuing to grow the the warchest for one of New Jersey’s dominant county party organizations. The Monroe Township school board candidate drops out of the race after being caught making racist and homophobic slurs on his Facebook page.
JOE DIVINCENZO LOUIS SCEUSI
The Essex County Executive marks the end of the Era of Jim Treffinger by getting Moody’s to give county government an Aaa bond rating, a big deal for the four-term Democrat who is a shoo-in for re-election in November. The Superior Court Judge is dealt with privately by a judicial ethic panel, a euphemism for being slapped on the wrist for endorsing his wife in a race for GOP county committee.
PHIL MURPHY ADRIAN POLLO
He’s the most popular first-year governor in New Jersey history, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll that shows a 54% approval rating — the highest for a governor in his or her first 6-7 months since public polls began tracking this in the 1970’s. The Hackensack Board of Education business adminisrator resigns after being accused by her former employer, Lincoln Park, of stealing nearly $15,000l
JOSH GOTTHEIMER SETH GROSSMAN
The freshman Democratic congressman takes a pilloried poll by his GOP opponent and then raises money off of it.  That’s why he’s called the Human Fundraising Machine. The GOP congressional candidate gets points for going to an NAACP meeting to explain his position on race relations, but then makes a comment about the KKK that just made things worse.
JOE DEMARCO ELMWOOD PARK
The Bayonne business administrator, who ran both of mayor Jimmy Davis’ campaigns, lands a gig at Ralph Lamparello’s law firm. The Bergen County town, which had the same mayor for 45 years, loses their exceptional business administrator/borough clerk, with Keith Kazmark leaving to pursue other endeavors.
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