McClave indictment: is it less about Neil Cohen and more about someone else?

Anne “Little Chris” Milgram has been on a roll lately, announcing six politically relevant indictments in the last two weeks. With the exception of Assemblyman Joseph Vas (D-Perth Amboy), the others are relatively minor players: Antonio Santana, who allegedly falsified three absentee ballots in Newark; former Perth Amboy Democratic Chairman Raymond Geneske; two former Vas aides, Melvin Ramos and Jeffrey Gumbs; and Rosemary McClave, the Treasurer for the and Neil Cohen’s campaign treasurer.

There is some speculation that the indictment of the 66-year-old McClave might be more about her longtime political alliance with fellow Hillside resident Charlotte DeFilippo than about allegations that she used Cohen’s campaign account to pay for $5,562 in personal expenses charged to an American Express card. According to published reports, Milgram’s office has spent the last two years looking at top Union County officials, including DeFilippo, the Executive Director of the Union County Improvement Authority.

If McClave’s indictment is unrelated to the Union County probe, it could be a harbinger of more investigations into campaign spending. Many campaign accounts report expenditures in the forms of checks to credit card companies without disclosing the actual expenses.

McClave indictment: is it less about Neil Cohen and more about someone else?