|KEVIN O’TOOLE||STEVE FULOP|
|The former Republican Senator appears to have an impenetrable lock on retaining the chairmanship of the Port Authority of NY & NJ, with some of his former Senate colleagues making it clear that Gov. Phil Murphy won’t get any if his commissioner nominees through the Senate without first agreeing to keep O’Toole.||It’s always a bad week to be Steve Fulop and this week is no exception. His political ally Sudhan Thomas resigned this week as head of the same agency Fulop forced Jim McGreevey out of amidst questions over checks made out to cash. On Friday, a judge refused to dismiss criminal contempt charges against Jersey City, including Fulop, and ordered the release of long-withheld public documents that Charlie Kushner’s lawyer say “there is something there that no one wants the public to see.”|
|PHIL MURPHY||GERALD THORNTON|
|The Governor of New Jersey came out on top after a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against him by George Norcross claiming that a task force reviewing tax incentives was illegally formed.||The longtime Cape May Freeholder continues to face bad news stories: a lawsuit alleging retaliation against a whistleblower is reinstated as he seeks re-election.|
|KENNY ESSER||KING PENNA|
|The Hackensack Meridian Health chief of staff emerges as the go-to guy and fixer at one of New Jersey’s largest health care systems as he personally gets involved cutting through bureaucracy.||The North Jersey — and Wyoming — political consultant could be in some real trouble after a judge grants Morris County Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo’s bid for discovery in a lawsuit.|
|TONY HOWLEY &
|Howley was picked to replace Erica Jedynak as the Americans for Prosperity New Jersey state director, and Marley is the new board chair of New Jersey Policy Perspective.||The two-term congressman will face a primary challenge from the left against a Glen Rock Councilwoman.