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State Sen. Nicholas Scutari. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Union Democratic lines decided today

Democrats expected to drop an incumbent freeholder

By David Wildstein, March 11 2018 1:47 pm

Democratic municipal chairs in Union County will meet later this afternoon to pick freeholder candidates to run on the organization line, and to decide whether Linda Weber or Tom Malinowski will have their support in the 7th district congressional race.

The political landscape changed last month after State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) won a special election for county chairman.  He defeated Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr by ten percentage points.  That put a Mahr supporter, Freeholder Mohamed Jalloh (D-Union), on the chopping block.

Another freeholder, Bruce Bergen (D-Springfield), a Scutari supporter, is not seeking re-election.  Scutari said he is going to concentrate on his law practice.

Democrats allied with Scutari are backing former Roselle Councilwoman Andrea Staten and Kim Palmieri-Mouded of Westfield to run on a ticket with incumbent Alex Mirabella (D-Fanwood). Staten and Palmieri-Mouded are favored to beat Jalloh at this insider vote.

Malinowski is the slight favorite to win the Union organization line against Weber, whose campaign could come to an end today.  Weber has the lines in Somerset and Essex, while Malinowski has them in Hunterdon, Warren and Morris.  Weber has pledged to drop out of the race if she doesn’t have enough lines in counties that make up 51% of the Democratic primary vote.


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  1. about FH jollah not getting the line: the question is as a freeholder just what did Jollah do wrong toward union county govt and the constituents. Was he caught taking money, or dissing the democrat ideology, abusing his power? He was a good democrat but suddenly he is deemed no good? The common factor that comes into play is political boss senator scutari says Jollah cant have the line. It must mean that political boss senator scutari fails at recognizing good democrats and expects that he should have bad democrats and a corrupted county govt scutari can boss over. This is bruce paterson of Garwood and with scutaris non-sensical action and obvious bent to corrupt our county govt, I demand that Scutari return the Boy Scout Eagle award he got when he was young. His actions profoundly say he does not show the merit of an Eagle Award recipient.

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