Past GOP Senate Prez gave money to Scutari

A faceoff between Christine Hanlon and former state Senate President John Bennett for the chairmanship of the Monmouth County Republican Committee already has the backers of Hanlon euphoric over their chances.

While a sitting Republican State Committeeman, Bennett in 2010 contributed $500 apiece to state Sen. Nick Scutari (D-22) and state Sen. Richard Codey (D-27), according to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

Among Republicans, Scutari, who as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee won’t move some of Gov. Chris Christie’s key appointees, is public enemy number one.

“Now he wants to be Monmouth Republican chairman?” a source said to, which first reported last year on Joe Oxley’s imminent judgeship and his coming retirement as county party chairman this year.