Committee assignments to State Assemblyman Robert Schroeder have been revoked, a Republican spokesman confirmed Monday.
Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, a Democrat, removed Schroeder from his assignments after Republican Leader Jon Bramnick called requested the move. Bramnick had also called for Schroeder to resign his seat after a grand jury indicted him for financial crimes totalling millions last month.
"I do not believe he can continue to properly serve his constituents while facing these serious charges," Bramnick previously said.
Schroeder has served on the financial institutions and insurance committee, the homeland security and state preparedness committee and the special committee on economic development, according to his website. He could not be reached for comment Monday.
Bramnick has not been alone in calling for Schroeder to resign. His fellow District 39 representatives Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi and Senator Gerry Cardinale, along with Bergen County Republican Chairman Bob Yudin, requested Schroeder's resignation after the Attorney General's Office announced the indictment.
"It is time for Bob Schroeder to step down from his seat in the Assembly so that he may focus on his personal issues, and the people of the 39th District are ensured representation by someone with the ability to devote his full energies on the duties of the Assembly," the three wrote in a shared statement.
A grand jury indicted Schroeder last month on charges that he stole $1.8 million from investors for a housing project in North Dakota which never came to fruition. He was also indicted for allegedly writing bad checks for loan payments totalling another $3.4 million. Schroeder has been the target of numerous lawsuits in recent months from people and banks who allege he failed to pay back loans.
The U.S. Army has also taken action to ban Schroeder from doing business with the federal government because Schroeder's company, All Points International, allegedly failed to deliver tents for aircraft to an army base in Afghanistan and also allegedly failed to pay an Afghan subcontractor.