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.

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

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

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