Senate President-designate Nicholas Scutari, Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R-Denville), Murphy for Governor campaign manager Mollie Binotto and deputy campaign manager Jackie Burns joined host David Wildstein to on the New Jersey Globe Power Hour on Talk Radio 77 WABC on Saturday, December.
Scutari is the choice of Senate Democrats to become the next Senate President when Steve Sweeney leaves office on January 11. He was elected to the Linden Board of Education at age 25, and to the Union County Board of Freeholders at age 27. He was 34 when he was elected to the State Senate in 2003 after the incumbent, Joseph Suliga, unexpectedly withdrew from the race in September. Scutari won 55% in a competitive district against Scotch Plains Mayor Martin Marks. He is also the Union County Democratic Chairman.
Bergen was recently re-elected to his second term in the New Jersey State Assembly. A Republican, he was elected to represent parts of Morris and Somerset counties in 2019 following the retirement of 12-term incumbent Michael Patrick Carroll and is seeking re-election to his second term. He is a graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point and served in the U.S. Army as an Apache attack helicopter pilot from 1997 to 2008.
Binotto managed Mikie Sherrill’ campaign to flip the 11th district congressional seat in 2018, was a top campaign operative at Emily’ Lit, and the director of the Iowa Democratic Party Coordinated campaign. She worked for U.S. Senators in Montana and Alaska and managed Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s re-election campaign in 2013.
Burns served as communications director for Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) from 2018 to 2021. The Westfield resident spent five years in the Office of the Historian of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Wildstein is the host of the New Jersey Globe.
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