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Rumana Stepping Down as Republican Chair

Former Ringwood Mayor Scott Heck slated to replace Rumana.

Scott Rumana is stepping down as chairman of the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization at the end of his term in June.

Former Ringwood Mayor Scott Heck is slated to take over as chairman upon Rumana’s departure. Rumana represents the 40th Legislative District in the state Assembly and was mayor of from 2002 to 2007.

“With a chairmanship, there’s always a right time to move to a new leader and we’ve clearly reached that point,” Rumana said.

Rumana, who has served two, three-year terms in the leadership position, said that the move will allow the Republican Party in Passaic County to be more unified as it battles for spots on the Passaic County Freeholder Board and strengthens the party’s position within the county. Support within the party has been split during Rumana’s tenure between him and former chairman Peter Murphy.

“The goal of stopping the infighting in our party is one that needed to be done and we’ve reached the point where that can happen now,” Rumana said.

Rumana said the GOP is in a better position now than it was when he took over as chairman in 2006.

“Having brought the party back from multiple years of losses, both on the county level as well as many Passaic County municipalities, I’m satisfied that we’ve accomplished many positive goals for the party over the last six years and provided a solid basis for future Republican victories," Rumana said. “Thankfully, Scott has accepted the challenge and I’m sure with the support of the rest of the Passaic County leadership will be working with me as our new chairman to continue the work we began six years ago.”

Rumana and Heck have worked closely together for several years to strengthen the Republican Party in Passaic County. Rumana said he has spoken with Heck “a number of times” within the past year about transitioning into the position of leadership but that “real intense work” on the move only happened in the previous month.

“I look forward to tackling the challenges of leading the Republican Organization in a county that has changed demographically over the past decade,” Heck said in a statement. “I want to strengthen our municipal organizations and broaden the appeal of the Republican Party to the taxpayers and residents in all 16 towns in the county.”

Heck, 49, is the manager of Ringwood. He was on the Ringwood borough council for 12 years. He also served two years as deputy mayor and two as mayor.

“I do this very happily, not with regret,” Rumana said. “We’re doing this from a position of strength.”

Bill Brennan March 21, 2012 at 01:01 AM
This will give him more time to focus on the mountain of ethics violations he committed. Lawyers and favors are time consuming.
Rob Burke March 21, 2012 at 01:46 PM
No regret???? Seriously, never in the history of the world has a party boss ceded power to his mortal enemy voluntarily. Rumana's ouster was orchestrated by Senator O'toole at the behest of Christie. Not the first time O'toole threw a politico under the bus in the face of a mounting criminal investigation. He did it before in Essex County, and he just did it with Rumana. Rumana went kicking and screaming and cursing. He was supposed to announce two days ago and refused. He caved yesterday to a leadership ultimatum -- do it now gracefully or we'll do it for you. Heck is a long-time compatriot of Murphy's and has been seen in Murphy's bar in the last few weeks more than once. For his part, politickernj reports, Murphy refused to utter the word "Rumana." No love lost here, no fences mended.
Al Scala March 21, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I don't think anybody believes that Rumana voluntarily and graciously stepped down. He's too power hungry. Hopefully, this is the beginning of the end of Scotty. Hopefully, Semeraro is the next to go as the Republican party leader here in Wayne. Let's finish the job!
Rob Burke March 21, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Betcha Scondo weighs in and claims this is a clear demarcation of Rumana's unqualified success as Party Boss....
Scondo March 21, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Rob, you lost the bet. I wish we had settled on a car wash or something other than a handshake. I thought Scott should have stepped down awhile ago as his personality was in known conflict with the Totowa branch and the sooner it was rested the better. Honey and vinegar and all that, he needed to bury the hatchett awhile back. Not today, today I weigh in and wonder if a person who is employed full time by a body politic can hold the position of party chair. It would seem to have an inherent conflict. Let us say, I am hired by a body politic and then appointed party chair, it would seem to offend those of other party affiliation in their dealings with me within my job for the body politic. Ah, Rob the things that keep me awake at night.
Rob Burke March 21, 2012 at 03:52 PM
The hatchet was buried all right -- into Rumana. With all of the corruption, self dealing, conlficting interests -- not to mention the bribe of Speziale to get him out of County politics, its a testament to Jersey Corruption that Rumana lasted as long as he did. Not to mention that he got destroyed in County elections and never raised a penny for anyone but himself. Stay tuned -- there are other shoes about to drop...
Al Scala March 21, 2012 at 04:04 PM
And he still lost the Sherrif's election! What a coup that was. Next to Ceberio getting beat bad, that was the next sweetest election result. Rumor mills are swirling that Rumana in now trying to get Speziale back to run for Sheriff as a Republican. I guess Rumana doesn't really care who he crashes and burns.
Scondo March 21, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Your comments earlier regarding O'Toole effectively skewers him, as someone who should not be trusted . You are good, very good. I guess these guys are wishing right about now that they had gone green a long time back. You should give some thought to entering politics. But do your really think there is any "criminal investigation" in the offing. Personally, I don't . I think your are overstating the case. But I have been wrong before.
Rob Burke March 21, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Somehow I just lost the reply I typed. Regarding me entering politics -- I guess I already have, don't you think? And that's about as far as I care to go. The system sucks, the people in it aren't any better. A pox on all their houses while they line their pockets with our money, telling us that's rain we feel running down our legs. O'toole? He's one of the most powerful politicos in the State. I can't skewer him or even dent him. He is one of Christie's chief lieutenants. He can squish me like a bug if he wants. As for Rumana wishing he went green some time ago? I'd agree that he probably would handle my situation differently if he had it to do all over again. Re criminal investigation -- yes, I believe one was commenced. I don't have any idea what its status is. I won't be surprised if indictments come down (or are unsealed) in the next few months. Nor will I be surprised if they don't.
Scondo March 21, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Well, take this to the bank. What you did to stand up for your rights and vindicate the rights of everyone else is truly admirable. Now for the less serious aspect: I think they should make a made for TV movie about the story. Dwayne Johnson --The Rock ---should play you. He could run the malefactors through the brushes. Hoping the latter comment at least brings a smile to your face.
Joe Bubba, Jr. March 21, 2012 at 05:22 PM
With this transition of leadership I hope the process of recruiting candidates becomes transparent. We will only have the strongest Republican Team when everyone is welcome to compete for a chance to join and run for political office. It was explained to me that the Wayne Regular Republican Organization just had a closed meeting where the general public was not even allowed to compete for a chance to run with the Regular Republicans for any of the 84 County Committee positions. At the same time the insurgent Wayne Republican Party for the PEOPLE welcomes all good Republicans and encourages you to join the 200 people that have already joined so that we can bring transparency to the public – rebuild our conservative base and create a Republican Party that everyone can be proud of. Contact us today Wayne.Republican@gmail.com
Rob Burke March 21, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Thanks for the kind words, Scondo. I do appreciate them. Not sure anyone would really be all that interested in the story besides those of us who are surely way tired of hearing about it and living it. But it could be in the style of the Airplane movies with Leslie Nielsen. Those were hilarious.
Rob Burke March 21, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Perhaps in the future, Wayne political positions won't be filled by manipulating vacancies and the hand picking the successor by anointing him/her with the party line. Democracy has been gutted in Wayne for a long, long, long time. I wish you luck in your effort to restore choice and competition for the important responsibilities of public office in Wayne. If you succeed, please do what you can to lower our property taxes. In 6 years, mine have increased from $26,000 to $34,000. And I have been diligently paying them, despite the vicious lies spouted by Scuralli...
Justice March 21, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Karma will continue to bite Rumana and the Rumananites in the backside.
Jack Burton March 22, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Hey Bubba, whats your major malfunction? Its like good ol' Jack Burton used to say, the WRRO is a political committee not your local school board or town council. So I'm slappin that muffin outta your hand and don't tell me you were eating pie. You know what i'm talkin about. Boy, for a second gen pol you really need to start to do your homework on how the process works. You want to run? Run, just like anyone else who wants to run, but if you want the line, you go through the process, otherwise you get listed below line Z with Marge Smellington of the Occupy Wayne movement. Party for the people, sounds like that episode of Seinfeld when George Costanza made up the Human Fund- Money for People. What was true in the comedy about nothing and your comedy OF nothing is that there is a certain understated stupidity about it. Transparent? You want transparent? Listen up there Bub, when I'm drivin the 12 wheeled pork-chop express down I-95 goin' 89 MPH at 2:00 am, that's when I can tell you about the need for transparency. You're in politics or you wanna be so quit the whinin, start the signin if you got the brass to put up a fight, but this sounds awfully like Totowa's Lo-Pan Murphy is trying to muck up what he agreed to. I don't know about anyone else, but usually when I smell something go bad I know what I'm lookin for. Its like good ol' Jack Burton used to say, bread headed ideas often turn out to be burnt toast in the end.
Bobtwo March 22, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Does anyone know why I am no longer notified when new comments are added.
Waynegiggolo March 22, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Jack Burton drove the 18 wheeled Pork Chop Express!!!! 12 wheels is a Honda Accord with a trailer w/ 2 dirt bikes on it!!!
Jacqueline Pisatowski March 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Wayne Republican Party for the PEOPLE Jacqueline Pisatowski, Communications Director Mr. Burton: If the general public was not allowed to join in "the process" of selecting county committee members and those county committee members have an exclusive duty to select the "Republican" affored a chance to run for office, how will the public ever get a chance to break the control of influence? Perhaps Scott Rumana answered this question. You can continue to perpetuate a strangle hold on the process and shut the public out at every turn, but eventually you accumulate enough losses that the logical thing to do is to step aside. I trust the new administration will be one of inclusion. Our elected representatives have only one duty, to vote in a manner consistent with the will of the PEOPLE.
Jacqueline Pisatowski March 22, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Mr. Burke: Thank you for your comment. The insurgent Wayne Republican Party for the PEOPLE is aiming to reelect those Council members that have shown financial restraint. For those moderate or liberal members of the Council that have not shown restraint this year is their chance to vote against increasing our property taxes or the Wayne Republican Party for the PEOPLE will look to its membership to fill those vacancies with candidates that will stop the run away property tax increases. It takes a lot of courage to vote against raising property taxes. Most things in politics can be reduced to votes. How many votes can you get to do what you want? Ironically Joe Scuralli and Joseph Schweighardt may be the only members of the Council that have never voted to increase our taxes. We simply need three more "no" votes to control property tax increases.
Rob Burke March 22, 2012 at 01:56 PM
@Jacqueline: You're welcome re: my comment. But you'll forgive me if I can't utter a kind or respectful syllable re: Scuralli. His demeanor is despicable and his willigness to foment hatred by spewing lies ought to disqualify him from the support of anyone, anywhere. Any idea if Scuralli voted to pursue a litigation position deemed "frivolous" by a unanimous three judge panel from the Appellate Division? The Town got spanked for that one, and wound up paying my lawyers $50,000 over a piece of paper. He may cast no votes on budgets, but that doesn't make him fiscally conservative.
Jacqueline Pisatowski March 22, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I researched the voting pattern of the Council members that have opposed property tax increases as a basis for the Wayne Republican Party for the PEOPLE's understanding of who has been behind the run away property taxes we all have to deal with. When I was younger I recall Councilman Joe DiDonato routinely refrained from voting to increase our property taxes - really dated myself there! I am sorry that you have had turmoil. I know Joe Scuralli as a Eucharistic Minister at my Parish and honestly have not had any altercations with him. I wish I could recruit your energy and get you to join our organization even as an associate member if you live out of town.
Rob Burke March 22, 2012 at 02:56 PM
@Jacquelie: Not sure what you're asking re: your organization, but I'd be more than happy to hear you out if you want to stop by the business some time. My involvement with these issues isn't something I actively sought out. I do so reluctantly, but in order to protect myself, my business and my ability to feed my family. All of which have been under attack persistently and consistently.
Al Scala March 22, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Rumana being pushed out of the County leadership is a very good thing. No, I take that back. It's an extremely good thing!
Jacqueline Pisatowski March 22, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Thank you Robert. I am a customer of yours and will find you when I come in - probably in a few days, my car needs a make-over!!!
Jack March 22, 2012 at 04:34 PM
As a matter of practice, sucked most loyal part members dry, then dumps them for any recently arrived sycophant.
Justice March 22, 2012 at 08:44 PM
@Jacqueline, the fact that Scuralli is a Eucharistic minister does not make him eligible for sainthood. I have watched many of the council meetings where his sarcasm and rudeness were totally uncalled for and quite irreverant. I suggest that he confesses his sins of pride, arrogance, etc. After all: the deadly sin of pride cometh before the fall.
Jack Jones March 24, 2012 at 04:58 PM
I am relatively new to NJ. This is classic govt. corruption. Why is this Hack allowed to be an Assemblyman and Head of the County Republican Party? PThese are supposed to be part-time jobs in addition to his "law practice."He was just trying to hold power for as long as he could without transparency so that he could dole out favors and paybacks. What's wrong with that? Think of his roles asno more than " business development" for his law firm which practices ambulance chasing ( i.e. slip and fall." He has a mediocre professional background , with a C plus law degree, but is connected. Now the bigger question is how to remove him from office. I am sure a little investigative reporting would find some juicy scandals.
Justice March 24, 2012 at 05:05 PM
@Jack, Rumana's Law Firm does not do personal injury, as a matter of fact, they allegedly do "fee-building". Susan Champion, a partner-member of this firm is also under investigation for alleged ethics violations, etc. Rumana's father is a retired Superior Court Judge out of Passaic County. He allegedly still has major connections with certain judges who "allegedly" send business the firm's way, i.e.: court-appointed guardianships, etc. As I stated, all this is ALLEGEDLY. It is up to the powers to be to ferret out these allegations and put them to rest once and for all.
Bill Brennan April 22, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I did not post the above listed comment although I agree with it, it appears someone is misappropriating my identity. Elsewhere on the web I found someone using my name, claiming to be from Wayne who left a review for a store I have never patronized.


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