Who’s Up and Who’s Down: Week of the Affordable Care Act Denouement


Jack Ciattarelli

The Republican Assemblyman from the 16th District had a good week: wins in Burlington and Union and the recommendation of the Hunterdon Screening Committee. He also had a fundraiser this week that will put him over the top to qualify for matching funds.

Paul DiGaetano

The Bergen Republican Chair won the line (BIG) in his home county as he pursues an LD40 senate seat.

Betty Lou DeCroce

The Republican assemblywoman from the 26th District out-dueled challenger Hank Lyon for the line in Passaic County: 17-4. Read Lyon’s response to the verdict here.

Jerry Walker

The former Seton Hall Pirates power forward from Jersey City won the support of the Hudson County Democratic organization in his bid for a seat on the freeholder board.

New Jersey Citizen Action

The activists played a lead role on the streets and sidewalks of their home state, pressuring New Jersey’s Republican congressmen to rethink repealing the Affordable Care Act. Congressmen Chris Smith, Leonard Lance and Frank LoBiondo all decided to oppose the bill repealing Obamacare in its current form.

Laura Matos

The Kivvit star received honors this week from Essex County Freeholder Wayne Richardson in recognition of  prominent women in the labor movement.

Jennifer Duffy

The wife of veteran GOP operative Mark Duffy – executive director of the Assembly GOP – elevated to appointments director in the Christie Administration with the departure of Matt McDermott.

Henry de Koninck and Matt Krayton

The partners from Publitics won a Pollie Award for their local campaign mail piece “Violation.” 

Kristin Lynch

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced that Lynch will join his office as Press Secretary. Lynch, who will be based in Booker’s Washington, DC, office, joins Communications Director Jeff Giertz and New Jersey Press Secretary Tom Pietrykoski on the press team.


Kim Guadagno

She gave a great speech at the Union County Republican Convention on Wednesday night but lost the line to Ciattarelli. she also lost BurlCo on  Monday night and found herself on the short end of the hunterdon County GOP screening process.

George Gilmore

A Politico story today revealed that the FBI is investigating the Ocean County Board of Elections, which Gilmore chairs. The story has the double effect of splashing on Guadagno, who depends on Gilmore’s support in her bid to win the Republican nomination for governor.

Kristin Corrado

The LD40 senate candidate romped in her home county of Passaic but lost this week in Bergen to arch-rival DiGaetano.

Samson Steinman

The mayor of Rahway cracked up another car, forcing him to take what city officials are terming “a temporary leave of absence” from the mayor’s office. sources on the ground say it’s doubtful he will return to power.

Robert Menendez

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will not hear an appeal by the U.S. Senator, potentially clearing the way for his trial on bribery and other charges to begin in September in Newark, according to a report on NorthJersey.com.

Sapana Shah

The smart attorney from Edison failed to secure the support of the local Democratic Party machine in her bid to return to the council.

Chris Christie

Assemblyman John McKeon (D-27) won support on the judiciary committee for his whistle-blower bill while throwing more questions out into the open about the maintenance of justice in the Christie administration. “Bridgegate is child’s play compared to this,” McKeon said.


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