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Senate clears Scutari bill targeting Armstead

By Nikita Biryukov, March 14 2019 6:29 pm

The State Senate advanced a bill sponsored by Sen. Nicholas Scutari that would bar retroactive pay increases like the one Linden Mayor Derek Armstead was granted last year.

“Elected officials should not have the capability to give themselves retroactive salary increases, especially when there are so many working people in New Jersey who are suffering,” Scutari said. “As elected officials in the legislature, we are prohibited from giving ourselves retroactive raises and bonuses. No elected official should be able to collect back pay upon salary increases.”

Armstead’s salary jumped 36%, from $73,425 to $100,000. The mayor received $26,575 in backpay.

The bill would retroactively come into effect on Dec. 1, 2018, a few weeks before Armstead’s raise went into effect.

Scutari, who is Union County Democratic chairman, dropped Armstead from the county line and backed a primary challenger who unsuccessfully ran for the seat last year. Armstead has since attempted to oust Scutari from his role as municipal prosecutor.

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