Allen Wants Apology from Van Drew

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) sent this letter to her Democrat colleague; she’s taking issue with blatantly misleading Van Drew paid content in the Cape May Herald newspaper.

State Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) is hopping mad at her Senate colleague Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May), Save Jerseyans, over one of the most egregious campaign representations in recent New Jersey political history.

So angry that she sat down and fired a letter off to the LD1 Democrat incumbent.

Allen took particular umbrage with the following portion of Van Drew’s ridiculously and trasparently duplicitous paid content in the Cape May Herald:

“Albano is the latest in a long list of lawmakers to have their cases taken up by the ethics panel on such procedural grounds. That group includes former Atlantic County Republican Senator Bill Gormley, as well as current senators Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Kip Bateman (R-Somerset), and current Assembly members John Amodeo (R-Atlantic) and Mary Pat Angelini (R-Monmouth). Former Atlantic County Republican Assemblyman Vince Polistina also faced a similar hearing in 2010.”

For those of you who’ve been living under a rock, Sen. Van Drew’s embattled running mate Asm. Nelson Albano (D-Vineland) is the subject of a formal legislative ethics investigation after a joint bipartisan committee unanimously voted to initiate it last week. The investigation stems from the “Troopergate” scandal covered extensively here at Save Jersey. Recognizing the potential electoral consequences of losing his Cumberland County/labor connection, Van Drew is doing quite literally everything (including making stuff up) to rescue Albano’s seat; most recently, he ran the paid newspaper article, referred to by Allen, brazenly claiming that the joint committee declined to find wrongdoing on Albano’s part despite the fact that the investigation is ongoing.

Senator Allen didn’t like having her good name associated with Albano’s conduct. “I am amazed the paper let you print such a dishonest charge,” Allen says in her letter. “Dragging my name into this as part of strategy to minimize the charges against Assemblyman Albano is wholly irresponsible, and I would appreciate you correcting the record publicly.” We’d like to see a correction, too, but we suspect there’s a better chance of Cory Booker forsaking his Twitter account. Liars lie. It’s their nature.

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