The powerful chairman of the New Jersey State Senate Judiciary Committee says he welcomes an investigation of his job as the town of Linden’s municipal prosecutor.
Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) says allegations that he missed more than half of his workdays in 2017 and 2018 are simply a political attack on him.
“I’m happy about this,” Scutari said. “I’m glad someone with some scruples is going to look at these completely false, politically motivated allegations against me.”
WNYC has obtained a copy of a subpoena that requires Linden’s records custodian to appear before a state grand jury later this month and turn over records related to the salary and job performance of Scutari, who was the town’s 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.
Linden Mayor 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. Armstead said he has also met with the FBI and voluntarily turned over records to them, indicating federal prosecutors may also be interested in the investigation.
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