NICHOLAS SCARDUZIO was born June 16, 1899, according to Social Security records. Census records and newspaper accounts have him as being a year younger, He was born in Pennsylvania to Italian immigrant parents. The Scarduzio family had moved en masse to Camden's Eight Ward by 1930. Members of the family became active in politics, real estate, law, and on occasion were caught up in situations involving them with law enforcement.   

At the time of the 1930 Census, Nicholas Scarduzio was living with his brother Anthony at 427 Emerald Street in Camden. Both brothers were then serving on Camden's police force. 

Politics in the Eighth Ward was not a game for the faint of heart. One political leader, Joseph "Mose" Flannery, was gunned down on September 14, 1928. Flannery was known to be involved in various underworld activities, primarlily connected with illegal slot machines. A Scarduzio relative, Joseph "Cuzzy" Scarduzio, was present when Flannery was shot, and was held as a material witness.

In 1934, Nicholas Scarduzio led a "victory parade" in the wake of the May 17th primary election to determine control of the Republican Party in Camden County. The parade turned into a riot when the participants stopped in front of the bar owned by opposition candidate William Tansky. At least two shots were fired, several arrests were made, and Nicholas Scarduzio was reported to have been badly beaten. 

At the end of the 1930s, he resided at 419 Webster Street. Nicholas Scarduzio was no longer on the police force when, on December 24, 1939 he was in the company of his older brother Andrew, who was also a political worker in the Eighth Ward. The brothers tried to enter a taproom in Bellmawr NJ long after closing time. Andrew was shot to death. One month later Nicholas Scarduzio was arrested and held without bail after a shooting incident at a restaurant at 1806 Broadway by County Detective Wilfred Dube on orders of Prosecutor Samuel P. Orlando. Orlando ordered County Chief of Detectives Lawrence Doran to launch an investigation, while Camden Director of Public Safety Mary W. Kobus ordered then Chief of Police Ralph Bakley to conduct a similar probe after reading the incident reports filed by Camden Police Officers Carl Fredericks and Oliver Morgan.

In April of 1944 another Scarduzio relation, Albert "Swifty" Scarduzio, was questioned in relation to the gangland murder of Vincent "China" Scola, who had been implicated in the sale of counterfeit gasoline ration stamps.

Nicholas Scarduzio lived in an apartment at 1709 Broadway when the 1947 City Directory was compiled. He remained a Camden resident until his passing in August of 1968.

Camden Courier-Post - October 27, 1931

Political Paragraphs

The Regular Eighth Ward Republican Club will hold a Baird rally tonight at its headquarters, 521 Ferry Avenue. Freeholder Benjamin W. Sykes, president of the club, will preside. The rally committee includes Maurice Di Nicolo, Richard Scarduzio, Nicholas Scarduzio, John Clements, George W. Hess, William Lane and Louis Quinton.

  Announcement was made at Republican headquarters that a special meeting will be conducted tomorrow evening in Brooklawn borough hall by the Baird for Governor Men's Club in recognition of the Republican gubernatorial nominee's successful efforts toward bring­ing about the sale of the U. S. Shipping Board's holding in Brooklawn.

 The Elizabeth C. Verga First Ward Women's Republican Club will hold a rally tomorrow night at 6.30 p. m at the home of its president, Mrs. Annie Pappon, 607 North Third Street. Mrs. Etta Pfrommer will be among the speakers,

 Runnemede Republicans will stage a big rally tonight with Mayor Robert G. Downer presiding. Harry Fluharty, regular Republican candidate for an unexpired term in borough council, faces a three-cornered fight. Wallie Becker, a candidate in the personal choice column while John W. Schoeler is the Democratic aspir­ant,

 The Women's Republican Club of Gloucester, of which Mrs. Annie E. C. Moffett is the president, tonight will hold a meeting at 104 North King Street when county and local candidates will speak,

Camden Courier-Post - August 15, 1933


Nicholas Scarduzio, 32, of 427 Emerald Street, and Joseph Tavolieri, 33, of 421 Emerald street, were arrested yesterday afternoon by Detectives Clarence Arthur, Clifford Del Rossi and Benjamin Simon on charges of collecting numbers slips.

Slips totaling $25 were found in Scarduzio's possession. Tavolieri had only a few. The arrests were made near Fourth Street and Ferry Avenue. They will be arraigned in police court to­day before Judge Garfield Pancoast.

Camden Courier-Post - August 16, 1933

Nicholas Scarduzio, 32, of 427 Emerald street, a former policeman, and Joseph Tavolieri, 31, of 421 Emerald street, were fined $25 each by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast yesterday on charges of collecting numbers slips.

They were arrested Monday afternoon near Fourth Street and Ferry Avenue by Detectives Clarence Arthur, Clifford Del Rossi and Benjamin Simon. Numbers slips were found on both.

Camden Courier-Post * May 17, 1934
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South 4th Street - South 6th Street - Hale Street - Viola Street - Dr. Orris W. Saunders
George Zeitz - Nicholas Scarduzio - Walter Sekula - Edmund Walsh - Mamie Piraine
Theresa DiLello - William Tansky Jr. - Leon Branch - Fiore Troncone -  John Hess
Joseph Samenich - Nicholas Sustich -
Isaac Shute

Camden Courier-Post - December 26, 1939


Andrew Scarduzio
Lawrence T. Doran
Thomas Murphy

Joseph Romanowski

Joseph Lenkowski
Stanley Jaskiewicz
Nicholas Scarduzio

Mary W. Kobus

Everett Joslin

Harry Kyler
West Jersey Hospital

Bridge Cafe

Mount Vernon Street

Orchard Street

South 8th Street
Dominic "Mickey" Hanley

Camden Courier-Post - January 24, 1940