Bergen Dems Want Schroeder to Resign

State Assemblyman Robert Schroeder was charged with writing almost $400,000 in bad checks.

Officials from the Bergen County Democratic Committee called for Assemblyman Robert Schroeder to resign from his seat and for county Republicans to return money contributed by Schroeder Monday.

Schroeder was August 3. He previously said .

"He has abused the integrity of the office we entrusted in him inorder to borrow millions of dollars from unsuspecting friends, neighbors and associates," District 39 Democratic Chairman Todd Sherer said in a press release. "I do not see how he can fulfill the duties for which he was elected and he should resign immediately."

Since he was charged, other investors in Schroeder's two Hillsdale-based companies, and Hercules Global Logistics, have said Schroeder .

Schroeder, who once ran for governor and joined the State Assembly in 2010, has contributed more than $400,000 to New Jersey Republican groups and politicians since 2001.

"It is unlikely that the money Assemblyman Schroeder gave to the Bergen County Republicans this year was his but instead money borrowed from unknowing victims and it is likely that his previous contributions were also redirected 'investment' funds from his business," Sherer said. "That money should be returned so Mr. Schroeder can begin making some restitution to his victims."

Bergen County Republican Organization officials were not immediately available for comment Monday, but PolitickerNJ.com reported BCRO Chairman Bob Yudin said they would not give back any money

Yudin called the Democrats' statement "a ridiculous political stunt and hypocrisy at its greatest," according to the report.

Sherer said the request was "not speculation or political posturing," but was instead made for the investors and other District 39 residents.

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Falcon Fan August 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Breaking news : Washington Township Mayor and Council bought and paid for by Bob Schroeder using other peoples money. Story in The Record this morning. Resign now.
scruffy August 15, 2012 at 01:13 PM
The story also makes you wonder if Durso disclosed the "loan" on his required Financial Disclosure Forms. How many fools are out there that thought they would make a big return on their investment from Schroeder. Really makes you wonder? Brings to mind the statement that a Fool and his money are soon parted!
scruffy August 15, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Republicans might have to sweep house with all these "loans"out there.This coud easily have been Democrats so no party should be celebrating that their people were smarter cause they are not. This can however cause a major party shift in the County once again. Stupid is all I can say as to the people who loaned him money like this.
B@B August 15, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I notice from today's article that people in town are afraid to talk about this. Why? Is Schroeder going to send goons to break their kneecaps? How many people in town has Schroeder scammed? It seems increasingly that he may very well be just a professional grifter, which means that we need to demand that the Township open its books. We need to know what Schroeder and his puppets in the mayor's office and council have been doing with our money.
scruffy August 15, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I don't think Schroeder would break their kneecaps however with the local officials they still seem to be protecting him. Must be more skeletons...... Small business owners are not going to step forward for fear of embarrassment and harrassment since it is a small town and everyone knonws everybody and everything.


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