Scotch Plains Election Backers

Jobs were at stake, specifically those of the current Township Administrator and Attorney who came in two years ago when the Democrats took a 4-1 majority on the Scotch Plains Council. A Republican sweep of the two seats up for election this year would create a Republican 3-2 majority and those guys would be cleaning out their desks.

One of those would be current Union County freeholder Al Mirabella who got two big-paying years out of the Scotch Plains job with which to pad his pension but ideally you need a third year to maximize benefits so this election likely cost him not only his job but about $200,000 in pension benefits (unless he lands in another high-paying government job for that third year).  How hard did he try to get his guys re-elected.  You decide.

Based on NJELEC records Republicans got $28,035 for the 2016 general election while Democrats got $34,750. Some of the notable donors:


  • Union County Republican Committee: $6,000
  • Scotch Plains Republican Committee: $5,000
  • Alexander Smith: $2,159
  • Llewellyn Jones: $2,126 (in-kind campaign shirts, etc.)
  • Pinnacle Insurance Solutions: $1,000
  • Webber for Assembly: $1,000
  • Geraldine Keogh: $1,000
  • Martin Marks: $500
  • Bramnick for Assembly: $500
  • Lance for Congress: $500


  • Michael Sullivan: $5,200
  • Gina Addeo (Adco Electrical Corp): $5,200
  • NRCC Non-partisan Political Education Committee: $5,000
  • New Jersey State Laborers PAC: $4,000
  • Business and Governmental Insurance Agency, Inc.: $2,500
  • Neglia Engineering: $2,500
  • Palumbo Renaud & Deappolohio, LLC: $2,000
  • Louis Beckerman (Insurance Agent): $2,000
  • Johnston G.P., Inc.: $1,000
  • UA Plumbers Local 24: $600
  • Murphy for Governor: $600
  • Rogut McCarthy, LLC: $600
  • Patrick Bartels Electrical: $500
  • Ann Battipaglia: $400

There are a few donors who stand out but let’s examine this one:


The name Gary Taffet does not appear as a donor but there is a history and Taffet has been a major donor to, among many others, Union County freeholder campaigns including $3,700 that he and his wife gave to Mirabella Jalloh Bergen Victory 2015, at that time to benefit his current company:


2015-1064: Renewing a contract with Acrisure LLC, Woodbridge, New Jersey pursuant to our option to extend the contract per Resolution 2014-1068 for the provision of Risk Management Services to extend the contract period from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016 for a total contract amount not to exceed $204,187.50.


Did Al Mirabella call in a favor? What do you think?


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by bpaterson on November 11, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    so piggy freeholder/township manager alexander Mirabella was only able to quadruple his pension in 2 years instead of making it to 6x pension…so sad. From the beatles: one two three four, piggy Al had made his score, five six seven eight, Al you scumbag…Altogether now, …………


  2. Posted by steve on November 12, 2016 at 6:31 am

    4 times vs 6times that is progress–most likely due to CW–but beware there might be an opening in the sewer authority for alex m.


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