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Good Government Coalition Wants Scutari Out

newjerseyglobe reports:

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Feds Investigating Scutari

Last October Linden Mayor Derek Armstead sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, asking for an investigation into state Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-22), going back to when Scutari worked as the municipal attorney.

“Based on the severity of Nicholas Scutari’s improprieties, it was absolutely necessary to take swift action and call on the authorities to immediately investigate the abuse of public trust that I have outlined in my correspondence. In 2017, Scutari missed 64 out of 115 Court Sessions and in 2018, he missed 57 out of 111 Court Sessions; all while earning $85,000 a year. His ‘absences’ cost the taxpayers of Linden $147,493.97.”

Yesterday it was reported that the U.S. Attorney took some action:

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Scutari Marshalling Board Against Armstead

Apparently there is a power struggle going on for control of Union County between Linden Mayor (and former county employee) Derek Armstead and State Senator (and current Union County Democrat Chairman and former Linden Prosecutor) Nicholas Scutari with Armstead using the resources of the state which seem to have borne some fruit per stories that just broke:

State Sen. Scutari under investigation

Grand jury subpoenas records of powerful state senator accused of being a no-show in lucrative municipal job

While Scutari looks to his handpicked minions to carry his load:

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UCCF 2/20/20: Ex-Freeholder Cashes In

2020-191: Authorizing County Manager to enter into a professional services contract with Live Life Virtually (LLV), LLC, Linden, New Jersey for the period of March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, in an amount not to exceed $26,905, to provide online access to curriculum, training materials, data collection, and the full customization of a version of LLV “Your Practice Life” program optimized for low to moderate income youth in Union County.

Explained this way at Agenda meeting:
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Real Reason:

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Lourdes Leon Baggage

Ignoring the fact that the position of freeholder in Union County is almost entirely ceremonial Matt Friedman of Politico dredged up some dirt on Angel Estrada’s replacement:

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Scutari Sues Armstead for Libel

Just last Monday they were seated near each other at Bubble Boy Murphy’s Town Hall meeting in Union – until Senator Nick Scutari remembered he had to go campaign:
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Yesterday, according to David Wildstein:

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UCCF 10/24/19: Paterson on Scutari

From open comments at the last Union County freeholder meeting as taken from the official county recording which had the brilliant idea of focusing on the anxiety on the dais as to when to press the eject button:
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Bruce Paterson’s follow-up letter as it appears in the Westfield Leader:

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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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