Former Assemblyman Neil Cohen, who resigned his seat last July after child pornography was found on his state computer, still has $4,719 remaining in his campaign account. A $2,000 contribution to the Union County Democratic Committee last April was voided, and $3,681 in checks that were written by the Cohen campaign but never presented for payment was credited back. The Roselle Democratic Party accepted a $7,500 contribution from Cohen's campaign account on September 15.
Cohen was indicted in December on official misconduct and child pornography charges.
Union County GOP Chairman Phil Morin issued a statement after learning of Cohen's contribution to his hometown Democrats:
"The Roselle Democratic Party should be ashamed of themselves. Accepting a campaign donationfrom an alleged child pornographer who resigned his legislative position in disgrace is indefensible and continuing to hold those funds after his indictment is unconscionable. I urgethe Roselle Democratic Party to immediately donate those funds to a worthy charity, such as to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to help in the fight against child pornography and to assist the only true victims of such a heinous crime. According to their website, financial donations to the NCMEC ‘help advance their mission to prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation' and ‘assist victims of abduction and sexual exploitation, their families and the professionals who serve them.'"