State Sen. Nicholas Scutari appears to have lost re-election as the Linden Democratic Municipal Chairman but looks to have won enough votes to remain as the Union County Democratic Chairman.
Linden Mayor Derek Armstead field a slate of 64 county committee candidates for 72 seats in a direct challenge to Scutari’s post as municipal chairman.
Armstead may have won a 40-32 majority in Linden, although many of the races are close – nine seats have margins of ten or less – and are unlikely to be determined before all vote by mail ballots are counted later this week.
Allies of Scutari told the New Jersey Globe that they might have expanded their overall lead countywide despite the Linden setback.
Union Township, where State Sen. Joseph Cryan (D-Union) is the municipal chairman, had fights over 58 of 100 county committee seats. Cryan appears to have won 42 of the 58 – again, some of these races remain too close to call – and he could end the campaign with an 86-14 majority.
The opposition to Cryan’s candidates was led by his rival, Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-Roselle).
Clark, which was a battleground in the county committee fight, looks like a 19-12 split against Scutari. Six of the seats have margins of four vote or less.
If the current results hold, it represents a gain of five seats over the seven votes Scutari received in Clark in his February 2018 campaign for chairman.
Craig Coughlin, Jr., the son of the Assembly Speaker, ran unopposed in his bid for a county committee seat.
Fanwood mayor Colleen Mahr won complete control of her hometown county committee. Freeholder Alex Mirabella, Scutari’s lone Fanwood ally, lost his own committee seat by a 104 to 29 vote against Salvatore Fazzino.
Scutari won the post in 2018 after defeating Colleen Mahr by 71 votes, 412 to 341.