On Wednesday, Senate President Nick Scutari, D-22nd District, announced the appointment of Timothy Lydon as the new executive director of the Senate Majority Office.
Lydon currently serves as the presiding judge of the Chancery Division in Mercer County. He previously held the same role he is once again appointed to from October 2012 to January 2014.
“I am pleased to name Tim Lydon as executive director of the Senate Majority Office,” said Scutari. “Tim brings unparalleled experience to the role having served in each branch of the state government over the past two decades. He is a distinguished public servant with a thoughtful approach to issues and a reputation for integrity that will enable him to lead the office in an exemplary manner.”
Lydon succeeds Alison Accettola in the top staff position for Senate Democrats.
In 2014, he was appointed by Gov. Chris Christie as judge of the Superior Court. He was then reappointed by Gov. Phil Murphy in 2020. When he first served in the role, Lydon was the executive director and deputy executive director of the Senate Majority Office under then-Senate President Stephen Sweeney.
Tim brings unparalleled experience to the role having served in each branch of the state government over the past two decades.
— Senate President Nick Scutari
“I am excited to return to the Senate Majority Office as executive director,” said Lydon. “It is a privilege to serve the Senate President and the Majority members and help them advance legislation to improve the lives of every resident in New Jersey. I look forward to working with the Governor’s Office, the Assembly, and members on both sides of the aisle in the spirit of cooperation to further the public interest.”
Accettola, who has served on the Senate Majority Office staff for more than seven years, will take a position as vice president of government affairs for Volunteers of America Delaware Valley.
“I want to express my appreciation to Alison for her hard work as executive director and her years of dedicated service to the Senate Majority Office,” said Scutari. “Her legislative skills, good judgement and wise counsel have been a tremendous asset to me and the Senate Majority team. I know she will succeed in her new position where she will continue to work for social justice and to address the needs of vulnerable individuals and communities.”