The New Jersey General Assembly Alumni Association – and the Marlboro Mayoral Alumni Association — took another hit this week when Morton Salkind, who served from 1974 to 1976, pleaded guilty to tax evasion. A Democrat, Salkind was the Mayor of Marlboro when he ran for the Legislature in a heavily Democratic district in 1973. That was the Watergate year when Republicans lost 25 Assembly seats. Two years later, Salkind was ousted by Republican Marie Muhler. After his political career ended, Salkind became a real estate developer, and after moving to Secaucus, became a member of the Hudson County Improvement Authority.
Salkind’s running mate, Walter Kozloski, survived and won re-election in 1975 and 1977. He finally lost in 1979, defeated by John Bennett. Kozloski died of cancer a few weeks later.