WINNERS and LOSERS: Week of the Hearings

WINNERS

Hillary Clinton

A Quinnipiac Poll this week shows Clinton clobbering any of the top three Republican 2016 contenders in a national election, including Christie. Clinton would defeat Sen. Marco Rubio 50%-34%, and Rep. Paul Ryan 50%-38. Christie would give her a tougher time, but still go down in defeat, 37%-45%.

Barbara Buono

Running for governor, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) appeared this week On the Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell in her first national television interview. She also received her state matching funds.

Linda Greenstein

Faced with the possibility of a candidacy by former state Sen. Pete Inverso (R-14), the battle-tested Greenstein announced she has received the backing of the Communication Workers of America, FMBA, The Mercer Burlington Building Trades Council, the Mercer County Central Labor Council and the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 9.

Ben Sparks

New Jersey Republican Party Chairman Sam Raia named Sparks communications director of the NJGOP, effective Monday, March 4.

Nick Sacco

The Joint Commission on Ethical Standards decided Tuesday to dismiss a complaint against State Sen. Nick Sacco due to timeliness. Lydia Coleman, a former North Bergen employee from 1995 to 2005, alleged harassment by Sacco, who also is mayor, including profane voice messages as well as physical conduct. The commission accepted jurisdiction but dismissed the matter, deciding too much time had passed. Coleman had filed her complaint in 2011 regarding incidents allegedly occurring during her employment.

Cory Booker

Subdued, and etched with less metaphor than past addresses, the Newark mayor’s State of the City received a boost from a poll done by Booker’s opponents that shows the mayor riding a 70% approval rating in Newark. This as he gears up for a 2014 U.S. Senate run.

LOSERS 

Rick Proctor

A municipal court judge found the Rahway mayor guilty of soliciting a donation for funds to pay off an earlier fine imposed for campaign finance reporting violations. Proctor was fined $750 for violating a municipal ordinance when he asked a contractor for money at city hall in August 2011.

Felix Roque

Already indicted on computer hacking charges, the mayor of West New York must also try to fend off a civil complaint from a former city hall employee charging the mayor with financial and emotional abuse.

Leslie Dominguez-Rodriguez

Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz joined three of her opponents from last year’s mayoral race to demand that Perth Amboy Democratic Chairperson Leslie Dominguez-Rodriguez resign her post as chair of the local Democratic Committee.

Rob Hermansen

The organization formally kayoed the former Bergen County GOP freeholder’s bid for organizational support toward an LD 39 Assembly run at last Saturday’s Republican convention.

The Daily Caller

A woman filed an affidavit this week claiming she was one of the prostitutes in a video featured on the conservative blog, and that she had been paid to lie. The woman said she never met U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), whom the Daily Caller claimed had a Dominican tryst with the woman.

"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