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Bergenfield Mayor Norman Schmelz, the Republican nominee for Bergen County Executive (NEW JERSEY GLOBE PHOTO)

Schmelz faced six counts of campaign finance violations

GOP candidate for Bergen County Executive says ELEC claims ‘politically motivated’

By David Wildstein, October 17 2018 1:07 pm

Norman Schmelz, the Republican candidate for Bergen County Executive, faces six counts of campaign finance law violations dealing with his 2013 campaign for mayor of Bergenfield.

According to a complaint filed by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, Schmelz accused of technical violations, including filing reports more than 400 days later, failing to report a contributor’s employer, and not properly reporting contributions.

In one case, he reported a $500 contribution from Matt Sabato, when the check was written on a business account, Uncle Matt’s Tree Service.

Schmelz told the New Jersey Globe that he was unaware of the complaint, which ELEC filed in eleven months ago.

“It’s news to me.  Sounds politically motivated,” Schmelz said.  “I really don’t have a comment right now.”

The complaint was filed against Schmelz, three of his council running mates, and treasurer George Williams.

Schmelz could face fines in the tens of thousands of dollars, although the commission rarely goes that high on technical violations of state campaign finance laws.

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