U.S. Rep Taps Fort Lee Mayor as State of the Union Guest

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich will attend President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night as a guest of U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell.

Sokolich was catapulted into the national spotlight following his role in the George Washington Bridge scandal that has plagued Gov. Christie's administration.

Pascrell (D-Paterson) told The Record that his intention in inviting Sokolich was not to send a message about the highly politicized issue, but rather that he wanted to invite someone from Bergen County this year and the mayor exhibited “a standup attitude [on the bridge issue] which I've grown to like.”

Sokolich endorsed Rep. Steve Rothman over Pascrell in a 2012 primary race, according to The Record, but Pascrell and Sokolich have worked together since.

Arthur January 28, 2014 at 05:52 PM
Luv the picture, looks like the Sopranos.....Whose paying for the Washington gig ????
M.T. January 28, 2014 at 08:52 PM
We're paying for it Arthur! This is obviously all about 2016. Pascrell backed Silly Hillary in 2008 and Bubba came and campaigned for Pascrell in his primary against Rothman. Now Pascrell will bring Sokolich down to Washington and parade him around as the way to bring down Christie's Presidential campaign. The DNC has some great sock puppets in New Jersey at the moment.
down&out January 28, 2014 at 10:33 PM
Pascrell posted a picture on Facebook from his office of Sokolich, his wife and Linda McCue, who quit the school board last year. Why was Linda McCue there? Is she working for the mayor? Who paid for their trip down there? https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1/1604578_10152658208344156_1840757326_n.jpg
M.T. January 29, 2014 at 04:25 PM
I just ran a search of the 2012 NJ public employee salary database and no Linda McCue came up. Of course, this doesn't include 2013-present, so it's possible she was hired later. I couldn't imagine Sokolich and the borough council mafia approving such nepotism and hire the mayor's wife to some position. That kind of in-your-face nepotism is reserved usually for the police/fire/public works departments, maybe the parking authority. Even in a town government replete with nepotism, closed-door council/zoning/planning board sessions, and flagrant self-dealing, there is a standard, as low as it may be.


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