Schneider dismisses Scudiery factor in mayor’s race

Running again for a sixth term, Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider said he’s not concerned about Monmouth County Democratic Party Chairman Vic Scudiery’s decision to back challenger Councilman Brian Unger.

“I don’t remember the last time I saw Vic in Long Branch,” said Schneider. “If he supported me, it wasn’t since 1994, when John Pallone ran against me.”

The brother of U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch), John Pallone had successfully run for the city council in 1990 on a ticket headed by Schneider, then challenged the incumbent mayor four years later.

Scudiery supported John Pallone in that local race, to no avail.

“I won,” Schneider recalled.

“Again, I just don’t see Vic being a factor,” he added. “Here he is supporting one Democrat over another when he just lost a freeholder race. You’d think that’s where he’d be focused. But that’s ok, I’ve been around the block a few times.”

Schneider told today that he’s about two weeks away from finalizing his ticket, and seemed to be in a buoyant mood as he considered the crystallization of his longtime rivalry of Unger in this mayor’s race.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said the mayor.   

Schneider dismisses Scudiery factor in mayor’s race