The saga of Asm. Nelson Albano and his 2012 traffic stop took another turn today, Save Jerseyans, when the letter he wrote to the New Jersey State Police was finally released pursuant to an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request.
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As expected, the allegations contained in Asm. Albano’s letter do not appear to reflect the reality of what happened when a state trooper pulled him over. The legislator’s story had already begun to unravel when the Star Ledger posted footage obtained from the trooper’s squad car which, again, completely conflicted with the Assemblyman’s version of events.
The LD1 GOP ticket seized on the letter’s release to call for Albano’s resignation from the ticket and the General Assembly, too.
“It’s sad how the power of public office can change people and give them such a sense of entitlement,” said State Senate nominee Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt. “I have no doubt that folks like Senator Van Drew and Assemblyman Albano went to Trenton with good intentions years ago, but instead of changing Trenton, Trenton has changed them. The Van Drew-Albano team has failed us on taxes and failed us on jobs, and now they’ve failed us on honesty and ethics.”
The Dem ticket has already undergone one cosmetic transformation this cycle; low vote-getter Matt Milam left the ticket (and his seat) earlier in 2013. New Jersey’s First Legislative District is typically considered a top swing district.
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