Winners and Losers: The Mack Indictment Edition

WINNERS

Chris Christie

A Monmouth University poll this week put the governor’s approval rating at 67%, he went on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and partied like it was 1999 with the Building Trades. Another great week for Christie.

Shanique Speight

Following a City Council vote and Mayor Cory Booker tiebreak, the new At-Large councilwoman took her seat on the governing body – and this time didn’t go sprawling.

Kelly Yaede

The councilwoman who once ran with John Bencivengo became the mayor of Hamilton on a vote by her peers.

Sharpe James

He appears to be losing the Newark City Council fight, pending a courtroom verdict on a lawsuit, but he’s getting television face time on NJTV.

Omar Perez

The Jersey City organizer and campaign veteran assumed a place on the Healy ticket this week.

Kim Guadagno

Christie’s favorite rubber chicken circuit ally will be back on the ticket again, which is good news for Guadagno, who’s done more grip and grin shots with more losing candidates in more Podunk corners of New Jersey than anyone else in the business. You’d hate to see those moments go for naught with an LG swap. Those non-press event, press-friendly ribbon cuttings, Dunkin Donuts Middlesex GOP mixers and shop class glasses have all got to add up to something in politics, and better for Guadagno to be in office when Christie runs for president than out.  

Jersey City

Both sides in the fast developing mayor’s race were pushing to be made winners this week. Mayor Healy showed signs of organizational life with a fundraiser that brought over $100,000 to the campaign. But his choice of canned Schools Superintendent Charles Epps had Fulop forces howling. That was less than 24 hours after an invite to a Fulop fundraiser exposed the challenger’s reliance on a Republican who played Bob Menendez in debate prep with Joe Kyrillos. This is what it is: a contest; ebb and flow, with two contrasting characters in the center of New Jersey’s most diverse city. And maybe the residents of JC will get tired in the process, but a tested process means better politics. And we love it! Who needs Christie v. Booker next year? We’ve got JC, baby.

LOSERS

Robert Schroeder

Facing state charges for writing bad checks, the embattled assemblyman now has the added headache of his business getting evicted from its Hillsdale headquarters, according to a report in the Star-Ledger.

Tony Mack

It was tempting to make him a winner this week as the indictment takes some of the suspense out of it, and the pressure off, and gets everyone a step closer to a collective sense of closure. But he’s still a loser.

The City of Trenton

What’s bad for Mack is worse for the capital city, where crime – particularly violent crime – has the local population living in a danger zone. The place is already a disaster, that much worse for having a mayor fighting corruption charges.

Would-be Democratic Contenders for Governor

Another week went by in which Newark Mayor Cory Booker spent more time counting lima beans than county chairs, and in the meantime kept anyone else trying to roust up dollars for a run at Gov. Chris Christie on the fundraising sidelines.

Saccoland

A source told PolitickerNJ.com Friday afternoon that law enforcement officials were pounding on doors and delivering subpoenas in Hudson again, this time in connection to an ongoing investigation into the North Bergen Department of Public Works.

"He’s obviously working very, very hard at it. I mean he’s traveling all over the country as chairman of the [Republican Governors Association] and I think at this point he has as good a chance or better than anybody else. His name is household word all across the country, and I think he would make a great president."
—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie