Did Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. rack up some personal travel and credit card expenses and use his campaign funds to pay them off?
That's the contention of nj.com, which reported on the expenditures this weekend.
NJ.com reported that the county executive spent $250,000 of campaign funds for his own personal expenses.
"Since late 2002, DiVincenzo has racked up about $250,000 in charges to his personal credit cards, then paid the bill with his campaign account." Golf games, a gym membership and plane tickets to Puerto Rico were among the expenses called into question.
According to regulations by the state Election Law Enforcement Commission, candidates who use personal credit cards are to treat them as loans and must report "the purpose of the purchase, including a specific itemization of the goods or services acquired," the report noted.
The attorney for DiVincenzo countered that no wrongdoing has occurred.
In a statement, DiVincenzo’s attorney Angelo Genova said the county executive would include details of what was spent on the personal credit card 'in the interests of further transparency'."
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