A complaint has been filed against Superior Court Judge Louis Sceusi alleging that he violated state rules of judicial conduct by endorsing his wife for Republican County Committeewoman in Rockaway Township.
Vincent La Iacona, a Rockaway Township resident who is also seeking party office this year, contends that Sceusi twice violated rules that require judges to refrain from political activity and not to endorse a candidate for public office.
The complaint was initiated after a story on Sceusi’s endorsement appeared in the New Jersey Globe, La Iacona said. He filed the complaint with the New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct.
Sceusi signed a petition for his wife, Ingrid, who is running in a contested race in Morris County. Ingrid Sceusi, a longtime Republican committeewoman and former municipal chair, faces opposition in the June primary from Gretchen Tramontin-Clegg. Her nominating petitions are being challenged due to an alleged shortage of the legally required number of signatures. The winner will vote to elect a new GOP County Chairman in a contest that has become particularly testy.
The judge also signed and witnessed his wife’s 2016 petitions, La Iacona said.
Peter McAleer, a spokesman for the New Jersey Judiciary, had no comment on the complaint.
Sceusi, 65, served as mayor of Rockaway for eleven years before Gov. Chris Christie nominated him to serve as a judge in 2012. A former federal prosecutor, Sceusi had entered the race for State Assembly in a 2011 special election following the death of Minority Leader Alex DeCroce. He withdrew the night of the election, clearing the way for Betty Lou DeCroce (R-Parsippany) to take her late husband’s seat.
The judge is also a defendant in a lawsuit alleging that he improperly took health benefits while serving as a part-time mayor.Sceusi 2018-04-09 Complaint - Judge Sceusi