InsiderNJ’s Who’s Up and Who’s Down: Week of the Chamber Train

Bloomberg with Sayegh

Pic of the week above: Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh this week hit the phones in NYC with former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg on behalf of Mayor Mike’s presidential candidacy (pictured above).

WHO’S UP

Governor Phil Murphy for receiving a warm and sincere ovation when he appeared Tuesday in the Assembly chamber to give his 2020 budget address. News surfaced last weekend that the governor has operable kidney cancer.

Bernie Sanders Democrats, who can bask in the glory of their man becoming the frontrunner – at least at the moment – for the party’s presidential nomination.

Brigid Harrison, who heads into the March Atlantic County Democratic Committee convention in strong oranizational shape following an announcement of public support for her CD2 congressional candidacy by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez.

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce for responding to critics and instituting a less-raucous and more respectful “Walk to Washington” train ride. The chamber banned hard liquor and employed more security following complaints previous trips led to harassment and abuse of women

Rep, Mikie Sherrill, who this week was called a good bet for reelection by Inside Elections, a D.C. group that tracks elections. Things can always change, but it’s good to be considered the favorite.

School officials in Fair Lawn, Milltown and Atlantic City, three of 14 districts, projected to see state aid increases of more than 20 percent in the state’s proposed budget.

Kivvit, the Asbury Park-based public affairs and strategic communications firm, for receiving the “Public Affairs Firm of the Year ” Reed Award.

 

WHO’S DOWN

Establishment Democrats who fear a Bernie Sanders candidacy will be disastrous for the party; they may have to get used to it.

Republican U.S. Senate candidates Tricia Flanagan,  Hirsh Singh and Natalie Rivera who can only watch as candidate Rik Mehta continues to pick up endorsements from county organizations. He now has eight of them

The Rutgers University Athletic Department after a lengthy Star-Ledger piece Friday detailing alleged bullying and abuse by the department’s senior associate athletic director for finance, administration and planning.

Thousands of New Jersey drivers after news surfaced of possible Parkway and Turnpike toll increases

School officials in Jefferson Township, Ocean Township and Hopatcong, three of 18 districts projected to see state aid decreases of more than 15 percent in the state’s proposed budget.

Nick Scutari, the senator from Linden (and Union County Democratic Committee chair) faces a suit alleging that a woman was unfairly sentenced to 30 days in jail partly because of court confusion stemming from Scutari’s absence as prosecutor. The sentence was ultimately overturned by a higher court.

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