Rosemary McClave the campaign treasurer was indicted yesterday on charges that she used Neil Cohen's campaign account to pay for clothing and toys from QVC. The indictment, which carries a mandatory prison sentence if she's convicted, doesn't seem to bother the Borough of Teterboro, the Bergen County municipality with a population of eighteen that employs her as municipal treasurer. The Borough Manager told PolitickerNJ.com today that the allegations against McClave are unrelated to her job as the official custodian of taxpayer funds, so she can continue to hold her local government post as she awaits trial. State law does not require public officials who handle taxpayer dollars to step down while accused of corrupt activities.
There is no word yet as to McClave's status as campaign treasurer for other candidates, including State Sen. Nia Gill (who was Cohen's law partner), Union County Surrogate James LaCorte, or Hillside mayoral candidate Jerome Jewell. In past years, McClave has also served as Treasurer for all nine members of the Union County Board of Freeholders.
It seems that some Democrats are no longer using McClave as the campaign treasurer. She was the treasurer for the joint campaign of Cohen, State Sen. Raymond Lesniak and Assemblyman Joseph Cryan in 2007, but this year, the joint committee for Cryan and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano is using someone else. (McClave was never the treasurer for the direct campaign committee for Lesniak or Cryan.) And Freeholders Angel Estrada, Rick Proctor and Nancy Ward, who used McClave as the treasurer in 2005, used someone else in 2008.