Garwood Election Backers

Who knew there was so much in Garwood up for grabs.

Here is the council for 2016:


Sara Todisco (D)
Mayor Charles Lombardo (D)
Ileen Cuccaro (R)
James Mathieu (R)
Joseph R. Sarno, III (R)
Michael Martin (R)
Louis Petruzzelli (D)




Martin and Mathieu’s seats were up this year and if the Democrats won they would take over the council. So who paid for these campaigns?


  • Republican Committee of Union County: $5,350
  • Bramnick for Assembly: $1,500
  • Kean for Senate: $500


  • Business & Governmental Insurance Agency, Inc: $5,000
  • Ten Park Place Associates: $2,000
  • Victory 2016: $2,000
  • Garwood Democratic Club: $2,000
  • Joe Cryan for Sheriff: $500
  • Louis Petruzzelli: $625
  • Jack Molenaar: $400

Taking a closer look at these Democrat donors:

Victory 2016

Address provided was 327 Trinity Place, Hillside, NJ which until 2011 had been the address given by Arthur Kobitz for his political contributions.  Then it was used by Union County freeholders and various other Victory 20xx-s to make donations primarily to county democrats with an occasional diversion like this foray into Garwood and in 2015 when Victory 2015 gave $2,500 to the Summit Municipal Democratic Committee where they were having a mayoral race with county critic Ellen Dickson on the Republican side.

Business & Governmental Insurance Agency, Inc.

BGIA took over county business in 2015 and now seem to be looking to branch out.



2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by bpaterson on November 14, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Heres an interesting tidbit: I took a look by bing map at that address 327 trinity place hillside. There is some big white Lincoln parked in front, the license plate appears to be an official high govt level plate tag 1-VZB (??). Why would it be there during the day? heres the link:


  2. Posted by bpaterson on November 14, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    PS: go to streetside view and move the cursor around to see.


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