Linden Councilman Peter Brown, Jr. says wants to oust State Sen. Nicholas Scutari as the municipal prosecutor in retaliation for the Democratic county chairman’s endorsement of a challenger to incumbent Derek Armstead in the Democratic mayoral primary.
Scutari, who is also the Linden Democratic municipal chairman, gave councilwoman Gretchen Hickey the organization line in the June 5 primary.
Brown sent Scutari and nine other people a text message on Saturday, saying “while it may not make a difference to you, things will be changing and things will come out on a lot of people over the next few months and years.”
The councilman says he’s texted Scutari more than 100 times in recent months.
One Linden official told the New Jersey Globe that Brown’s text messages may be referred to the town attorney.
Is Scutari the target of Brown’s threat?
“Yes. 100%,” the two-term councilman and onetime aide to the late State Sen. Joseph Suliga (D-Linden) told the New Jersey Globe.
Brown said that he told Scutari after the February county chairman election that he needed to sit down with Armstead and work things out.
“I told them to argue and fight behind closed doors,” Brown said. “I begged him to talk face to face. Instead, Nick is spinning the negative crap.”
He maintains that the “nuclear” political environment is bad for the community. He said he’s heard from town vendors that they don’t want to do business with Linden anymore because of the uncertainties created by fights between the local political factions.
Brown says he’s not concerned about losing Democratic party support when he runs for re-election after taking on Scutari.
“I don’t want his support,” Brown says. “Elections don’t matter to me.”