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The Week of “Those Things”

By David Wildstein, May 25 2018 1:22 am

 

Winner Losers
TERESA RUIZ JAMES DEBBIE
The Senate Education Committee chair got her pick for Newark Superintendent of Schools approved by the school board.  Her pick, Roger Leon, went into the weekend trailing Roger Gregory, but Ruiz ran a 48-hour campaign to make Leon the unanimous choice. The Mountainside borough administrator, under fire for his role in the Dildogate scandal, is exposed by NJ101.5 for being a double dipper.  
BILL PASCRELL STEVE FULOP
The Democratic congressman benefits by Mikie Sherrill’s announcement that she won’t support Nancy Pelosi for leadership, since it allows him to be a power broker for potential candidate Joe Crowley. The mayor of Jersey City mounts a bizarre campaign to lift a topless ban, aka “those things.”
SCOTT SALMON  PAUL PEREZ
The former congressional candidate has resurfaced as the face of Politically Driven, a new webseries that interviews candidates and elected officials in a manner similar to Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. This week’s guest? Michael Soriano, the rising new Mayor of Parsippany.  The Trenton mayoral candidate is struggling after the Trentonian reveals that he was arrested for a DUI in 2002, but more importantly, for dropping out of a debate and then re-entering it.
BILL BRENNAN ANDY KIM
The former gubernatorial candidate wins a big victory over the Bergen County Prosecutor’s office when the New Jersey Supreme Court finds in his favor in a high profile OPRA case involving sports memorabilia. The Democratic congressional candidate refuses a joint appearance with Tom MacArthur on NJTV, as if there was any real risk to appearing with his opponent on Memorial Day weekend TV.
ROB ZWIGARD BOB HUGIN
The candidate for Morris County Republican Chairman becomes the front-runner with the endorsements of four legislators, the Sheriff, five freeholders and 19 mayors.   The Republican U.S. Senate candidate refuses to say whether he would ask Donald Trump to campaign for him, something that should be a yes or no answer for the former Trump delegate and fundraiser. 

 

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