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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari, left, with retired New York Mets outfielder Mookie Wilson, center, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin

Scutari sells out baseball fundraiser

Assembly Speaker, Mookie Wilson boost senator’s re-election warchest

By David Wildstein, July 02 2019 8:41 pm

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) hosted his 8th Annual Night at the Ballpark this evening at Citi Field, a $1,500-per-person fundraiser attended by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and retired New York Mets outfielder Mookie Wilson.

Scutari picked one of the prime games on the major league baseball schedule: the Subway Series between the first-place New York Yankees and the fourth-placed New York Mets.  Scutari’s annual baseball fundraiser has become one of the premier fundraising events of the political season.  The longtime Yankees fan shifted his event to Citi Field a few years ago to maximize profits, since Yankee Stadium— based on its superiority — is more expensive.

Wilson replaced former All-Star pitcher Dwight Gooden, who appeared at Scutari’s 2017 and 2018 fundraiser.  Coughlin also attended last year’s event.

Now in his 16th year as a senator, Scutari is at the peak of his political power.  He is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and, since 2018, the Union County Democratic Chairman.

Democrats nominated Scutari, then a Union County Freeholder, for the Senate seat when incumbent Joseph Suliga withdrew from his re-election bid for personal reasons in 2003.   He defeated Scotch Plains Mayor Martin Marks by a 55%-45% margin.  Scutari was re-elected to fifth term in 2017 with 67% of the vote.

Scutari’s total fundraising haul for the event was not immediately available.

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