In 1989, Steve Rothman ran unsuccessfully as one of three Democratic candidates to fill openings on the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders (the county legislature), losing the election by fewer than 2,000 votes in the county of 800,000 people.
Press Journal article on the February 18, 1991 Interfaith Breakfast hosted by Steve Rothman, February 21, 1991
In 1990, Steve Rothman was appointed Chairman of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Northern New Jersey (JCRC). On February 21, 1991, he hosted the 5th Annual Brotherhood/Sisterhood Interfaith Breakfast attended by over 500 guests from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Bahá’ía and Sikh communities.
In 1990 and 1991, Steve Rothman remained active in local affairs, joining the Wyckoff Democratic Municipal Committee and serving as its Chairman, as well as Campaign Manager for Jack Van Horne for Wyckoff Township Council.