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State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Scutari won’t rule out ’25 gubernatorial bid

Senate Judiciary Chairman: “You never say never”

By David Wildstein, May 16 2021 11:01 pm

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari refused to rule out running for governor in 2025 after being asked if he’s interested in running on during an appearance on the New Jersey Globe Power Hour on Saturday.

“You can never say never,” Scutari said.  “You never know.”

Regardless of the outcome of the upcoming gubernatorial election – Gov. Phil Murphy will either be term limited or a Republican incumbent will be seeking a second term — Democrats will be shopping for a candidate in four years.

“We’ll see what the landscape looks like at that point in time,” said Scutari.  “I really enjoy what I do right now. But, you know, we’ll see.”

All 40 State Senate seats are on the ballot this year for a two-year term, and again in 2023 for a four-year term.  That means a state senator can run for governor without giving up their seat in the legislature.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that every senator will throw their hats in the ring.  A sitting senator hasn’t taken advantage of the free shot since Bill Gormley (R-Margate) and Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest) ran in 1989.

“You don’t want to for shadow or forestall or anything like that,” Scutari stated.  “We’re to be looking for a new candidate … so we’ll see where that is.”

Scutari, 52, was first elected to the Senate in 2003 and represents parts of Union, Middlesex and Somerset counties.

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