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Report: Schroeder Will Not Leave Assembly Seat

District 39 Assemblyman Robert Schroeder said he will not give up his seat after being charged with writing almost $400,000 worth of bad checks.

State Assemblyman Robert Schroeder said he would not give up his seat after being charged with writing almost $400,000 in bad checks, according to a report on NJ.com.

Schroeder, 52, was to investors in his Hillsdale-based company, . State Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa alleged Schroeder had knowingly written the bad checks.

Schroeder said Monday he would not step down from his seat in the New Jersey State Assembly, according to the report. He had previously admitted to writing about $100,000 in bad checks and said the debt had already been paid.

"I am not going anywhere," Schroeder said, according to the report. "This has nothing to do with my legislative office; it's a private matter."

Governor Chris Christie said he would not call for Schroeder to resign unless he was charged by a grand jury, according to the report.

According to Chiesa, the attorney general, Schroeder "intentionally" wrote bad checks to investors from bank accounts for API and two other companies he owns, Hercules Global Logistics, LLC and RS Consultants, LLC.

State officials searched Schroeder's Washington Township home and API's Hillsdale office Friday. Chiesa said the investigation was still ongoing.

API makes fabric and aluminum structures. According to , the company "primarily supplies the U.S. military, but also works with overseas military units, international relief organizations and municipal governments."

Last year, the federal government turned down a bid for 26 soft shelters from API, even though they gave the lowest offer, citing the company's past performance. Officials wrote in the report that several aspects of API's performance were "unsatisfactory."

The federal government turned down another bid from API in 2010 because their products were "not unique or innovative."

Schroeder, a Republican, represents New Jersey's 39th District in the State Assembly. He began his first term in 2010 and started a second term this year. He has been an active member of the Washington Township community for years, having previously served as a firefighter and member of the council.

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Glenn A. Scheyhing August 06, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Innocent until proven guilty (or by plea). Let the justice system do its thing. Now, that doesn't mean there won't be some "rocks" in the road as the Assemblyman defends himself (or as the Attorney General brings the state's case). I may be in the miniority as far as commenters is concerned, but I do trust our legal system.
B@B August 06, 2012 at 06:08 PM
You haven't been in Bergen County long, have you?
scruffy August 06, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I think he has made another mistake and yes I believe the system will indict him in time. To think of the moxey he has to stay in office and take his family threw this for whatever time it takes is unbelieveable at this point. He should definitley change his words on his website about Fiscal Responsibility as he does not stand for that personally. As for his cooments this relates to his personal business and not legislature office are you kidding yourself Bob cause you are not fooling anyone else. Hudson County politics have NO place in Bergen. Think hard and do the right thing.
Dana Egbert August 06, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Bob, Must be a new resident of NJ!
Dana Egbert August 06, 2012 at 09:50 PM
He couldn't get hired as a: Police Officer Dispatcher Fireman Financial position And many corporate positions based upon his indebtedness, yet he expects us to believe that this doesn't affect his job as an Assemblyman???? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Have some humility and do the right thing Schroeder and step down. Why bring your family through the mud, only to get the boot?
Jeffrey Tammen August 07, 2012 at 01:01 AM
I guess he's going to follow our previous mayor from twp after he was arrested for DUI and stayed in office for aprox year until his house sold then left .they spend so much time in office the think they are above the law.bob should step down for his family sake and our towns sake.he made some bad decisions own up and move on
Concerned August 07, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Latest news shows one of Bob's biggest problems. His tremendous ego and not knowing his own limitations.
scruffy August 07, 2012 at 02:22 AM
More people are coming out that he has borrowed money and not repaid in full. He should have resigned this weekend and possibly spared his family the further embarrassment of being taken out of office. Sure it will take some time for the indictment but if anyone thinks he can beat thiis you might be misguided. I believe he can get away without going to jail but not without having to step down from office. It truly is a shame as he is a nice person who obviously gotin over his head and instead of getting proper help he let it snowball. Where did all his profits from years ago go?
Walnut August 07, 2012 at 02:34 AM
He won't resign? Is he out of touch with reality? Why is it that not one republican official has gone public asking him to step down? Given the rediculous list of possible replacements that will be handpicked by the powers that be and the deafening silence coming from them, they are just asking for a Democrat to mount a successful bid for the seat.
Walnut August 07, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Scruffy: combined with the less than stellar job our mayor and council are doing, I think this Schroeder issue will actually threaten the hold republicans have had in our town. Let's just hope we get some better people, hopefully republican or at worst a fiscally conservative democrat ( if one exists in the Twp of Wash)
Ally Shuster Shea August 07, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Bergen republicans are so bad, from drugs regarding the Bergen executive to this.
Jeff Pickens August 07, 2012 at 09:57 AM
I thought Republicans were the party of "Fiscal Responsibility"? Writing $400,000 in bad checks does not sound very fiscally responsible to me.
B@B August 07, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Party affiliation really doesn't matter once you get down to local government. WT has a Republican government, and yet if you look at the salaries of local officials, the obsession with sports fields to the exclusion of everything else, the only relationship the current regime has to the national Republican party is the willingness to sign everything over to large business interests at the expense of the middle class, the environment, and general quality of life. The problem in Bergen County is that the party apparatchiks on both sides control everything and act only in the interest of gaining or maintaining power. This is how in the only contested election in 30 years we had as a major party option the brother of a classic double-dipper. The rest of us are too busy trying to keep their heads above water in an effort to keep our jobs if we have one or find one if we don't, to run for office. I don't know how things can ever be different if we can't afford to run and those who can are so corrupt.
Jeff Pickens August 07, 2012 at 10:03 AM
The problem with a business model based solely on war profiteering is, eventually the wars come to and end, and without a Plan B, your business is up the creek. His greed and hubris got the better of him. Let him slowly twist in the wind for a while before he's finally forced out of office.
Falcon Fan August 07, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Well, I don't see any democrats calling for his head either. The plot is thickening as more and more big name investors/lenders come out in effort to collect. Should be interesting to see who and how many of Bobs weathly Republican friends are involved. It looks like this is bigger than the initial reports would indicate. The Republican AG does not make frivilous charges up against Republican Politicians. The investigation continues and it will only get worse for the former Assemblyman. About the only thing the Governor can do at this point is delay an indictment so a relpacement can be appointed instead of having a special election. He deserves due process, and in the US he is innocent until proven guilty so we should not prosecute him here. Don't worry about a democrat taking his seat or any other mayor or council position in this area.
B@B August 07, 2012 at 12:35 PM
He wouldn't be the first businessman to not think ahead and to live up to his income while he has it without thinking of a rainy day. Time to swallow his pride, put that lovely house on the market, and start living like the rest of us do. Funny how when he ran for governor, he said only a businessman like him could save New Jersey. Imagine where we'd be if he had won.
scruffy August 07, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Plus it seems he failed to disclose information on his ethics form. Go to www.nj.com for more information that has come out. No one is trying to make things worse than Bob himself. He needs to be forthcoming now and resign. He is dragging his family down and whatever friends he has as well. Seems most of his "friends" he hit up for loans as well as anyone else he could.
B@B August 07, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Interesting also that this "small government conservative" has made his fortune on government contracts. Where does he think the money the government paid him over the years came from? US. Taxpayers. And yet he thinks he did it all by himself even though his nice big house in Washington Township was paid for by taxpayers because he sells to the U.S. military.
Dana Egbert August 08, 2012 at 01:44 PM
More people are coming out of the woodwork regarding his scams. This guy is going to lose everything due to his greed. Enjoy it Schroeder.
scruffy August 08, 2012 at 02:28 PM
It is close to or over 3 million at this point and still more is coming out. According to the article in The Record and online four of his properties were put up as collateral yeara ago. So what are those properties? His home in Twp? His home downt he shore? His business in Hillsdale? What else does he own???? Madoff wasn't this bad
Dana Egbert August 08, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Go easy on the guy Scruffy. Obama made him bounce those checks.
Preston August 08, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Just a few words: (Resign, Get out, you don't deserve to hold elective office). You are an embrassment to the residents of the Twp. and to all of Bergen Co. You don't deserve the right to represent us.
Dana Egbert August 08, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Patch needs a like button. Great post Preston!
Preston August 09, 2012 at 02:14 AM
thanks, I would encourage the "Patch" to run a poll, resign or stay and post the results
Concerned August 09, 2012 at 12:43 PM
No! Bush did it!

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