Ethics probe sought of NJ lawmaker

An advocate for good government is asking for an ethics investigation of a New Jersey assemblyman to determine whether it was OK for him to have state employees organize and run a nonprofit group’s annual summit.

John Paff’s request focuses on the actions of state Assemblyman Angel Fuentes and was first reported by the Courier-Post.

The newspaper also reported last month that state employees who work in Fuentes’ Camden district office worked on the fall meeting of the Hispanic Leadership Association.

Fuentes says a 2010 opinion from the Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards clears him. The opinion allows lawmakers to work with nonprofit groups.

Fuentes says he is “extremely proud” of the summit.

Paff wants a ban on using public resources for private charities.

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