Who’s Up and Who’s Down: A Special InsiderNJ Elections Edition



Jack Ciattarelli

The Assemblyman from the 16th District gave detailed answers to questions and displayed command of facts and excellent communications skills in Tuesday night’s Stockton University debate.

Hector Lora

It was supposed to be a competitive contest, but the acting mayor of Passaic defeated his closest rival, former Police Director Richie Diaz, by almost 4,000 votes. A blow-out win for Lora.

Assemblyman Gary Schaer

Gary Schaer

The Assemblyman from the 36th District – chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee – suffered a loss when his longtime ally, former Mayor Alex Blanco, went down on corruption charges last year. But on Tuesday night, Schaer celebrated a win by Blanco’s acting successor Lora, the assemblyman’s former chief of staff.

John Labrossse

In a low turnout election, the incumbent mayor of Hackensack and his team swept to victory with 45% of the vote in a three-way contest.

Peter Tanella

Cedar Grove Mayor Tanella backed the winning local team in Tuesday elections.

Phil Swibinski

The opposition tried to push back against the Zisa boogeyman story line by fingering Swibinski as the camel nose under the tent for a Bergen takeover by Bergen. But the heir to the Paul Swibinski political shop helped negotiate a win for Labrosse.

Mike DeLamater/Wendy Martinez/Bryan Walensky/Pedro Rodriguez/Jason Carty

The on-the-ground campaign team behind Labrosse took their sharp elbows from past Passaic theaters of combat into rugged Hackensack to claim victory on Tuesday evening.

Lou Stellato

The slate that the Bergen County Democratic Committee Chairman backed won 4-5 in his home town of Lyndhurst in South Bergen.

Ted Giblin

The son of Assemblyman Tom Giblin won a local council seat in Verona nonpartisan elections on Tuesday night.


The Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates

While Ciattarelli and Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno sharply compared and contrasted their visions for New Jersey and their government records, the “debate” on the Democratic side was a bore snore.

Richie Diaz

The former police director in the City of Passaic took a beating in losing the mayor’s race to rival Hector Lora.

Jose Sandoval

The veteran of many mayoral candidates came up woefully short in his bid to unseat Passaic Acting Mayor Lora.

Lynn Hurwitz

The savvy Hackensack Democratic Committee chair couldn’t displace the Labrosse Team on Tuesday night.

Ken/Jack Zisa

The Labrosse Team made the campaign about former Hackensack power brokers the Zisas, which worked!

Lara Rodriguez

The leader of Hackensack United for Progress painfully absorbed a clean sweep by the Labrosse ticket.

Rick Sabato

Irritated by the mayor’s resistance to project labor agreements as he pursues his redevelopment plan, the Bergen labor leader got multiple unions to play big in Hackensack against Labrosse. The Laborers donated $30K, Carpenters $20K – all for nothing.

James Comey

President Donald J. Trump on Tuesday fired the FBI director, who grew up in Allendale.


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