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Cut and Paster Scutari

ImageThat’s the picture USA Today used in their investigative report with this blurb under it.

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Still Enough For Everybody?

In an unusual moment of candor typically reserved for backroom whispers or private email servers our political boss in Union County reassured his electorate after a bit of an internal kerfuffle with the words:

“As my mayor in Linden says, there’s enough for everybody. Right, Mayor?” Scutari said. “And I pledge to work with him and my members of my city council in Linden — congratulations, mayor — and work with everyone here regardless of where we were before we came in here today.”

Which is what an audience dependent on government jobs and no-bid contracts wants to hear. But is there still really enough?

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Union County Freeholder Debate 5/29/19

There was a gathering in Plainfield yesterday to which the League of Women Voters (LWV)  invited nine Democrat freeholder candidates in the June 4 primary in anticipation of a debate. According to an eye witness (Bruce Paterson) here is what took place.

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Scutari Warriors

According to a Letter to the Editor of TAPintoClark:

We, the undersigned, are members of the Clark Democratic Committee. We are part of the legions of committee members throughout Union County who Union County Democratic Chairman Nick Scutari has thrown off the regular Democratic Organization line this year for our re-election.

The reason for this action is simple: we voted for someone else at the last election for Union County Chairman who we believed would be better for the party. For people unfamiliar with this process, all votes were signed – and Nick Scutari personally examined and took note of each one. We know that Chairman Scutari is concerned about maintaining his position, but there’s more. Clark, along with several other towns in Union County, may play a pivotal role in his re-election to State Senate next year, and it is up to the Committee Chairs to nominate him.

Chairman Scutari may be concerned with his level of support.

So instead of working to win the support of committee people who have worked hard for their party – in some cases for 30 years or more —he chose to use his position to replace them with new names. While a few hand-picked candidates may be genuinely interested in serving their community, most of these candidates come from the ranks of County employees, their families, and others whose fate County Chairman Scutari controls. These employees and/or family members who are candidates may feel that they have no choice but to run to protect their employment.

We also have this facebook post:

I am one of the 17 committee members in Cranford who were secretly taken off the line (ballot) by John Salerno, the municipal chair but more importantly, a county employee, because I and the 17 others didn’t vote for Nick Scutari last year. John Salerno knew who didn’t vote for Nick Scutari because they had open ballots…

All the towns in Union County that have had Committee members secretly removed from the line were the towns that didn’t overwhelmingly vote for Nick Scutari for county chair last year. Those towns include Fanwood, Clark, Cranford, Westfield and Linden.


I didn’t even know about Scutari’s bullying and bribing and filling committee seats with his employees. I didn’t even know that the people that had to vote for Scutari had the threat of losing their livelihoods hanging over their heads.

Based on past blogs regarding the makeup of the candidates for Committee seats in next week’s democrat election, of the 837 candidates on the Real Democrats of Union County line there 293 who either have a government job or whose spouse has a government job. Of those 114 are for Union County. Here they are:

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UCDEM (12): Final

When Democrats in Union County get together to choose who will be on a ballot the general sentiment might run towards:

Which is why potential candidates running on a platform of cutting taxes and spending have a hard time getting a hearing since they are trying to convince Committee members who may feel personally threatened. In Union County that comes to 36% of the candidates in the next election for Committee seats who are on the Regular Democrat line and have a government job or pension or are married to someone with a government job.

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UCDEM (11): Elizabeth

Nothing on Elizabeth from David Wildstein as there is only token resistance to the county machine but what is notable is the number of government jobs held by committee members and/or their spouses.

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UCDEM (2A): Fanwood Revised

Initially the People First Democrats had the ‘A’ line but in the updated listing sent over by the county it is, like in every other municipality, the ‘Regular Democratic Organization of Union County’ on line A though they lost their District 1 female as the spot that Jill Angela Rebuth (Scotch Plains Board of Education with a salary $41,136) now reads ‘No petition filed’.

Here is the updated list of Democrat Committee candidates:

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