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News Clip: Democratic committee treasurer steps down

From the Aug. 4, 2009 edition of the Burlington County Times:

Burlington County Times

The treasurer of the Burlington County Democratic Committee says he will resign from his party post, just days after it was revealed that he helped raise funds for a North Jersey politician charged in last month's federal corruption sweep.

Jeff Meyer, who has served as treasurer since 2006, tendered his resignation Friday by e-mail to committee Chairman Rick Perr. In the e-mail, he cites "increased demands for my time in my professional and personal life" for his decision to step down. Meyer's resignation will be effective this Friday.

The e-mail makes no mention of recent revelations that Meyer and other Democratic leaders helped raise funds for Hoboken Democrat Peter Cammarano III and that a Medford-based political action committee known as the New Frontier Committee also donated money to Cammarano's campaign as well as those of other Hudson County Democrats.

Cammarano was elected Hoboken's mayor in June but resigned Friday amid accusations that he accepted a $10,000 bribe from a witness cooperating with an FBI investigation.

Meyer, who is executive vice president of Capital Public Affairs Inc. in Princeton, a lobbying and public relations firm, hosted fundraisers on Cammarano's behalf and was one of more than 75 people who served on his mayoral transition team.

Reached Monday, Meyer provided the Burlington County Times with a copy of his resignation e-mail. He said he contemplated resigning for several weeks before submitting the letter to Perr. He declined to comment further.

Sources within the party said Meyer was asked to step down.

Perr, who also solicited donations for Cammarano, confirmed Monday that he had accepted Meyer's resignation. He said the party would find a replacement soon but declined to comment further.

The Burlington County Republican Committee, which revealed the connection between Cammarano and the New Frontier Committee on Thursday, continued to attack the Democrats on the issue Monday afternoon after news of Meyer's resignation became public.

"Jeff Meyer being forced out as treasurer of the Burlington County Democratic Committee is a clear indication that there are more shoes to drop in this growing scandal," GOP consultant and spokesman Chris Russell said in a news release. "It's time for county Democratic Chairman Rick Perr to answer the questions we first posed last week: What prompted him to direct tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to corrupt public officials in Hoboken and Hudson County?"

Note: Dave and I won first place in "Responsible Journalism, First Amendment (The Art Weissman Memorial Award)" in the 2009 New Jersey Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest for a series of articles including this one.

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