Who’s Up and Who’s Down: Week of the NJ Primary

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WHO’S UP

John Currie 

The Passaic County Democratic Committee Chairman stared down his old rival, former Sheriff Jerry Speziale, in another chapter of a political career crammed with all the twists and turns of five seasons of Miami Vice, where the principals drive Chevrolets instead of Ferraris and run around by the Greats Falls instead of Jungle Island.

Kevin McCabe

The Middlesex County Democratic Committee won the key contest of Perth Amboy, helping to restore incumbent Mayor Helmin Caba to the throne of power.

Herb Conaway

The brainy assemblyman – an improbable player in Jersey politics, given his competence – won the Democratic Primary in CD-3, becoming the favorite to succeed U.S. Rep. Andy Kim, who won the Democrats’ primary for U.S. Senate. A great night for a distinguished public servant. In addition, the party organizations that backed him (Burlington, Monmouth, and Mercer) could likewise spike the football in the face of agitators anticipating that the end of the line would tomahawk the establishment.

Curtis Bashaw

He looked great out there, senatorial even, defying Trump’s preference for the U.S. Senate seat. Nice job. A credit, too, to the Ocean and Monmouth County GOP organizations. But having slapped Trump, now he gets saddled with Trump. Dreadful. And it’s a shame. If Bashaw didn’t have a convicted felon on top of him, and the task of backing him in the name of party unity, he might have made it a real race against Andy Kim. But the grimy manhole cover of the GOP nominee for prez will bottle up Bashaw, no matter what he says or does. Maybe he should follow Kim’s lead and break up the party line in time for the general election. Then he might have a shot.

LeRoy Jones

The organization won in Bloomfield, the race that was supposed to give the establishment fits, and just as importantly, the Essex County Democratic chair who doubles as the state Democratic Party chair, could shrug off all the pre-election drama as noise, and lean into a mission critical mindset for the general election.

Jon Bramnick

Bashaw’s GOP Primary repudiation of Trump demonstrates the possibility of life in the NJ Republican Party for a principled leader like the senator from the 21st Legislative District, a 2025 candidate for governor.

WHO’S DOWN

Donald Trump

Freshly convicted on 34 felony counts of falsified business records, the TV personality-politician who exhorted a mob to march to the Capitol to overturn the results of the 2020 election so that he could remain as president and overturn the will of the American people, had a terrible night in New Jersey. Apparently trying to vindictively go toe-to-toe with Chris Christie, Trump picked Christine Serrano Glassner in the GOP Primary for the United States Senate over businessman Curtis Bashaw. Trump’s candidate lost, 36-43%. It was a bad look for Trump, who’s already woefully staggering toward a general election showdown with President Joe Biden.

Bob Menendez

He made a lot of Democrats sweat out there in the lead-up to the election and continues to mildly wreak havoc with plans to run in the general election, doing his best to offset the appearance that Trump has the corner market on a wretched candidacy. The difference, for all their considerable deficits, is that establishment Democrats ditched Menendez as a reelection option, while the Republican Party wants Trump to be president, apparently in the name of showing our kids that they should be rewarded for breaking the law. That, and, oh, yeah, Menendez hasn’t been convicted.

Christine Serrano Glassner

Message to the Mayor of Mendham Borough: maybe now you and your supporters won’t get excited the next time a convicted felon issues a ringing endorsement. In the inimitable words of Officer Malone, “Here endeth the lesson.”

Ravi Bhalla

There was a lot of talk that he was going to do great. He didn’t. Sweaty allies of the Hoboken mayor referred to polling that showed him beating Rob – not Bob – Menendez for the 8th District congressional seat. It wasn’t close. Supposedly challenged by “the perfect storm” of no line, a dad twisting in a corruption trial, and a progressive-friendly face in Andy Kim, the young Menendez handled Bhalla with no problem in another win for the party machine and, in this case, Union City Powerhouse Mayor Brian P. Stack.

Jerry Speziale

He made it fun. It was brutal, sure, but he got in there and rode the bucking mechanical bull that is Passaic County politics. Thrown, but not forgotten, and only after making the bleachers shake with terror. Just as filmgoers never demanded that John Travolta make a sequel to Urban Cowboy, voters in Passaic decided they didn’t need – at least nit right now – Bruce Springsteen with a badge. Thanks for the memories, Jerry.

 

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3 responses to “Who’s Up and Who’s Down: Week of the NJ Primary”

  1. Even commentary must be predicated on fact. How does Jon Bramnick look principled after making a $3300 contribution to Christine Serrano Glassner’s campaign? How is that reflective of him standing on principle?

  2. Bradshaw gave tons of money to Republican County Committees who are broke committed, and he had a sleeze tactic of grossly distorting Christine s record as Mayor! He did an excellent job of not mentioning he’s married to another man during the campaign. He was smart in doing so, for most base conservatives didn’t know about it and were shocked when hearing it. They also did know that he didn’t vote Republican in ’16, and he had contributed to a ploretha of democrats including Cory Booker! The base doesn’t know that he spoke disparagingly about Donald J Trump in the recent past and supported Chris Christie in the primary. Good luck with the base in November.

  3. Bradshaw gave tons of money to Republican County Committees who are broke committees, and he had a sleeze tactic of grossly distorting Christine s record as Mayor! He did an excellent job of not mentioning he’s married to another man during the campaign. He was smart in doing so, for most base conservatives didn’t know about it and were shocked when hearing it. They also did know that he didn’t vote Republican in ’16, and he had contributed to a ploretha of democrats including Cory Booker! The base doesn’t know that he spoke disparagingly about Donald J Trump in the recent past and supported Chris Christie in the primary. Good luck with the base in November.

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