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DiVincenzo's Personal Expenses Under Scrutiny

NJ.com reports that Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. used campaign funds to pay off $250,000 in personal expenses

 

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'."

To read more, click here: 

“Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo to disclose how he spent campaign donations.”

Adam Kraemer January 25, 2012 at 12:06 AM
@ M Okeff: You are right it is different. If he used tax dollars it would most likely be a criminal issue. However, I wonder how much of the campaign money came from people or entities that have business with Essex County? Essex County has some of the highest property taxes in the nation and state. The County Executive should focus on getting roads, paved, making our high case welfare department help people to move up, controlling spending, making sure the county law enforcement agencies are intelligently fighting crime, making sure the county parks are clean, and also controlling taxes. Unfortunately it appear as if he is using his position for himself and not the people he serves. Also what is unfortunate and I say this a Republican and former Freeholder Candidate it diminishes the good things he has done.
Nitsuj January 26, 2012 at 03:34 AM
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? Did the little piggy cry weeeeeeeeeeeee when coming home from the market place?
Belleville Sentinel January 26, 2012 at 07:24 AM
Isn't this essentially the same violation of election laws for which former Senator John Edwards is now facing trial - that he used campaign finances for personal use (albeit a cover-up of his extra-marital affair) and could serve as many as 5 years in prison if convicted?
Adam Kraemer January 26, 2012 at 11:54 AM
The main issue I have is that he keeps winning with huge percentage of the vote despite this behavior. Some one has to rise up and be the next candidate to win
Ryan January 26, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Maybe the Republicans should stop running joke candidates against him.

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