WHO’S UP AND WHO’S DOWN: Week of the Acocella Inspiration


WHO’S UP (UPDATED at 9:47 a.m.)

Anthony Cureton

The retired career policeman from Englewood appears poised to formally get the nod for the Democratic nomination for sheriff in Bergen County. If ultimately successful, he would be the first elected African American to the office.

Dave Levinsky

The hot shot Burlington County Times reporter broke the incendiary story about suspended Democratic Freeholder candidate George Youngkin and its aftermath, proving again why he’s the premiere political reporter covering Burlington.

Tom MacArthur

The Youngkin meltdown gives a boost to the incumbent Republican congressional candidate running for reelection in battleground CD3.

Jay Lassiter

The InsiderNJ columnist and polemicist scored this week with the release of the Insider Out 100 list, an awesome pioneering labor of love.

Alturrick Kenney 

The long-serving Baraka soldier got the nod from the Essex County Democratic Organization for surrogate.

Gail Gordon

We defer to our own beloved political Dumbledore on this one. The sage Nick Acocella, founding editor of Politifax, already put Gordon on his list earlier this week, and we concur. It was indeed a big week for the prominent Republican attorney (wife of BPU Commissioner and former state Senator Bob Gordon), who was named a trustee of Hackensack Meridian Health Network. Gordon will also be featured in an upcoming HBO two-part documentary on the life of her mentor, NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti.


George Youngkin

The Burlington County Democratic nominee for freeholder suspended his campaign Thurday after the Burlington County Times broke a story earlier in the evening about a 2006 altercation Youngkin had with his wife, which caused police to detain him.

Joe Andl

The Burlington County Democratic Committee chairman took a hard hit this week after his candidate for freeholder dropped out of the contest.

Andy Kim

The CD3 Democratic nominee needs a strong performance in the Burlington portion of the district to offset what incumbent U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur can harvest in Republican-dominant Ocean County. Kim condemned Youngkin but his Burlington ticket mate’s scandalous departure from the race hurts him in one of New Jersey’s battleground districts.

Mike Saudino

Yes. Again. A week after he cleaned out his desk, it was a double whammy for the former sheriff of Bergen, who will not receive a lump sum for the county for his unused sick time, according to NorthJersey.com.

Robert Kugler

The Saddle Brook River Police Chief lost a duel with Cureton (see above) for the backing of Bergen County Democratic Committee Chairman Lou Stellato. Apparently he plans to run anyway.

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