Former Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Victor Scudiery is breaking with the organization he lead for over 20 years by endorsing Newark Mayor Cory Booker over Congressman Frank Pallone in the Special Senate Primary on August 13.
“I was born and raised in Newark,” Scudiery told MMM, “I have great admiration for Mayor Booker and what he has accomplished in the city and with their schools. I believe he is the right person to move up to be our next United States Senator.
“Newark is not an easy city to govern, but they’ve made great strides under Mayor Booker. I am proud to support him.”
Scudiery said that the Monmouth County campaign headquarters of the Booker campaign will open on Thursday in the Airport Plaza Shopping Center which he owns.
Scudiery, who has had an on again off again relationship with Pallone, said that he is preparing a lengthy list of reasons he considers Pallone an ineffective legislator who should not move up to the Senate after 25 years in the House of Representatives. Off the cuff, Scudiery mentioned Pallone’s failure to prevent Fort Monmouth from closing and his inability or unwillingness to help fund the Bayshore Senior Center when Senator Bob Menendez and former Senator Bob Toricelli were able to secure funding for the Senior Center of which Scudiery is a major benefactor.
ObamaCare is a major gripe that Scudiery has with Pallone. “It’s my bill, it’s my bill,” Scudiery mocked the congressman for constantly taking credit for ObamaCare, “yet he doesn’t even know how it will work. How do people pay for healthcare when they are not working? It’s ridiculous.”
Pallone and former Governor Jon Corzine tried to strong arm Scudiery into resigning his chairmanship in 2006. Scudiery refused and was reelected twice thereafter before retiring in 2012. Pallone spoke highly of Scudiery after he announced his retirement.
Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal and the Pallone campaign have not yet responded to requests for comment.