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Senate President Nicholas P. Scutari at Gov. Phil Murphy's fiscal year 2023 budget address delivered on March 8, 2022. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe).

Republican mayoral candidate in Linden has 1 vote lead

Linden hasn’t elected a GOP mayor since 1964

By David Wildstein, June 08 2022 12:11 am

With Senate President Nicholas Scutari and Mayor Derek Armstead getting along, there is peace in Linden for the first time in several years.

Scutari, who is also the Union County Democratic Chairman, awarded the organization line to Armstead in his bid for a third term, and there were no primaries in any of the five city council primaries.

The real action was in the Republican primary, where just one vote separates the two candidates seeking the chance to take on Armstead in the general election.

Russell Jones leads Ricardo Maldonado, 197 to 196, a 49.87% to 49.62% margin, with a little more than 97% of the votes counted.

It’s not clear how many provisional ballots were cast or how many vote-by-mail ballots postmarked by 8 PM on Election Day will arrive before the June 13 deadline.

Linden has not elected a Republican mayor since Alexander Wrigley ousted 14-year incumbent William Hurst by just 12 votes.

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