InsiderNJ’s Who’s Up and Who’s Down: Week of March 1st


Who’s Up

Holly Schepisi 

The 39th District Assemblywoman finished the week in charge of the senate seat in the Republican-leaning district as Assemblyman Bob Auth quietly dropped his bid for the vacancy caused by the death of Senator Gerald Cardinale.

Andrew Zwicker

In his state senate bid, the 16th District Assemblyman received the line from the Somerset Democrats on Thursday night, along with the two people who look, with each passing day, like his general election running mates: Assemblyman Roy Freiman and former Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer.

Marty Small

Running to secure a full, four year term, the mayor of Atlantic City this week received the backing of Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Mike Suleiman for the Democratic Party line in the June 8th Primary.

Steve Sweeney and Mike Testa 

Giving off two peas in a pod vibes, with all suppressed South Jersey partisan aggression and penchant for gladiatorial combat projected into Atlantic City LD2, where two guys not named Testa and Sweeney will put it all on the line, the Democratic LD3 and Republican LD1 senators appear to be headed for easier-than-last-time reelection campaigns.

Adrian Mapp

The incumbent Plainfield Mayor wants a third term to lead the Queen City, and animatedly kicked off his reelection campaign on Thursday night in the virtual company of a huge swath of party power.

Who’s Down

Tom Malinowski 

The 7th District Congressman – who last year narrowly defeated Republican challenger Tom Kean, Jr. – is willing to pay a fine if the House Ethics Committee slaps him for failing to disclose at least $617K in personal stock trades in 2020, his spokeswoman told Business Insider. “Filing these disclosures late was an oversight that he is taking steps to correct,” Colston Reid, Malinowski’s chief of staff, told Business Insider.

Frank McVey

Phillipsburg Council President McVey referred to Warren County Democratic Committee Vice Chair Theresa Bender Chapman as ‘Theresa Bend-her-over Chapman’ in a public land use board meeting.

Alexandra Soriano-Tavares 

The Teaneck Democratic chair faced condemnation by the Orthodox Jewish community and others for a public statement she made last year, imperiling her chances at obtaining the Democratic Party line for an Assembly seat in the 37th District and complicating the life of senate candidate Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-37).

Paul Juliano 

“It’s a s-t show,” a Democrat fretted aloud to InsiderNJ, referring to the showdown between Assemblyman Johnson and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-37), blaming Bergen County Democratic Committee Chairman Paul Juliano for failing to avert party primary disaster as Bergen heads for a primary war in the 37th that could turn bystanders into collateral political damage.

Andrea Staten

A casualty of the Joe Cryan-Jamel Holley wars, the Union County Commissioner from Roselle failed to secure the party line for reelection to a second term, which Chairman Nick Scutari instead awarded to Rahway Councilman James Baker.

Mike Jackson and Alex Mendez

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal this week announced the indictments by a state grand jury of Paterson City Councilmen Jackson and Mendez on charges of election fraud and other offenses related to the May 12, 2020 special election in the City of Paterson.

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