Nicholas Scutari, Powerful State Senator Under Investigation

Subpoena requires records related to Scutari’s salary and job performance as Linden town prosecutor, a post he held until last year
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State Sen. Nicholas Scutari

The chair of the New Jersey State Senate Judiciary Committee is under investigation. WNYC has obtained a copy of a subpoena that seeks records relating to Union County’s Nicholas Scutari, whose post gives him the power to confirm the appointments of judges and prosecutors in the state.

The subpoena requires the records custodian in the town of Linden to appear before a state grand jury and turn over records related to the salary and job performance of Scutari, who was the town prosecutor until last year. The subpoena is signed by a deputy attorney general in the Division of Criminal Justice’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability.

The mayor of Linden, Derek Armstead, has long been seeking an investigation of Scutari. He has written letters to the state attorney general and the federal prosecutor in Newark with allegations that Scutari used his position as town prosecutor as a no-show job.

In addition to his position as state senator, Scutari is chairman of the Union County Democratic Committee. He says this is merely a political attack by Armstead.

Scutari has denied that he failed to show up for work as the municipal prosecutor and has previously threatened to file a lawsuit against Linden for slander.

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