The anticipated retirement announcement next week of long-time Monmouth County Democratic Committee Chairman Vic Scudiery ends a two decade plus term of service for the Newark native who built his business career on the Bayshore.
On his retirement at the end of the year, Scudiery will have served 22 years as party chair. His political pinnacle was short-lived, as Scudiery finally built a majority on the freeholder board with the Obama wave in 2008.
He lost it a year later, but during that short period of time enjoyed the fulfillment of his local efforts to reverse course on Republican control.
Monmouth sources say a county chairman’s battle to succeed Scudiery will pit western Monmouth against the shore as Frank J. LaRocca, law partner and ally of Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik will compete against Long Branch busienssman Vin Gopal, who just impressed fellow Democrats with his losing LD11 assembly campaign.