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Superior Court Judge Timothy P. Lydon. (Photo: Tim Lydon).

Accettola leaving Senate post; Lydon will resign judgeship to become Senate Majority E.D.

By David Wildstein, August 03 2022 2:59 pm

Updated: Senate President Nicholas Scutari announced the staff changes at 3:38 PM. 

After less than four months on the job, Alison Accettola has resigned as executive director of the New Jersey Senate Majority Office, two sources have confirmed.

Superior Court Judge Timothy Lydon, who served as executive director of the Senate Democrats under Senate President Steve Sweeney, is expected to resign from the bench and return to his old legislative staff job.

Accettola replaced Kevin Drennan on April 18 after serving as general counsel to the Senate Democrats for seven years.  He had been the top staff to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where the current Senate President, Nicholas Scutari, was chairman.

The 50-year-old Lydon is walking away from a tenured seat on the bench, where he is currently the presiding judge of the general equity court in Mercer County.  He could have spent an additional twenty years as a judge.

Lydon, who had been director of cabinet affairs under Gov. Jon Corzine and chief of staff to Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill), had been the Senate’s chief counsel and deputy executive director before Sweeney elevated him to the top staff post in 2012 following the departure of Andrew Hendry.

“Tim brings unparalleled experience to the role, having served in each branch of State Government over the past two decades,” Scutari said.  “He is a distinguished public servant with a thoughtful approach to issues and a reputation for integrity that will enable him to lead the office in an exemplary manner.”

Accettola is leaving in two weeks to take a job with a non-profit, Volunteers of America Delaware Valley.

“I want to express my appreciation to Alison for her hard work as Executive Director and her years of dedicated service to the Senate Majority Office,” said Senator Scutari. “Her legislative skills, good judgement and wise counsel have been a tremendous asset to me and the Senate Majority team. I know she will succeed in her new position where she will continue to work for social justice and to address the needs of vulnerable individuals and communities.”

Another top Scutari advisor, Jessica Cohen, has also left  the Senate.

This story was updated at 3:39 PM. 

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