Passaic GOP Leader Asked to Resign Over 2005 Donation to Democrat Schaer

John Traier, who is running for a seat in LD30, is running in one of the least competitive districts.

John Traier is the Passaic County GOP chairman. Max Pizarro

In 2005, now Passaic County Regular Republican Organization Chairman John Traier made a $300 donation to the general election campaign of Democratic Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-36) according to reports filed with ELEC (the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission). At the time Traier was not the county chairman.

Observer obtained a Monday afternoon e-mail sent by Pompton Lakes Republican Leader Tim Troast calling for Traier’s resignation in light of the donation made 11 years ago.

“At this time as one of the Republican Leaders in Passaic County I can only say how disappointing this is and I would say at this time I am calling for John Traier to resign his position as leader immediately,” Troast wrote.

Traier currently supports Michael Marotta to fill an Assembly vacancy created in New Jersey’s 40th legislative district when Assemblyman Scott Rumana left office for a judgeship. On Monday, it came to light that a PAC Marotta is affiliated with, the North Jersey Republican PAC, made a $1,000 donation to Schaer’s 2015 primary campaign. Because of that donation, the announced slate in LD40, senate candidate Kristin Corrado, assembly candidate Kevin Rooney and assembly candidate Chris DePhillips , called upon the GOP chairmen to disavow Marotta and, instead, back Rooney for the vacancy. Marotta claims he had no knowledge of the donation.

West Milford Republican Municipal Chairman Matthew Conlon also sent an e-mail on Monday afternoon calling for Traier’s resignation.

He wrote: “If this is true – which judging by the documentation it is – then this is a SERIOUS problem within our county organization.  The backroom deal nonsense needs to stop.  How can our leader publicly endorse a candidate who violates the Bylaws of this organization?”

Observer reached out to Traier but he did not respond with comment.

Passaic GOP Leader Asked to Resign Over 2005 Donation to Democrat Schaer