1st District Assembly candidates question incumbent's past - NBC40.net

1st District Assembly candidates question incumbent's past

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1st District Assemblyman, Nelson Albano, was issued a speeding ticket back in February of 2012, and then allegedly tried to get out of the ticket by writing a letter to the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.

Assembly candidate, Sam Fiocchi, said, "It certainly deserves and warrants an investigation, or misuse of office, and that's the way I see it."

Republican candidates running for 1st District Assembly and Senate seats say incumbent Assemblyman, Nelson Albano, is unfit for office after allegedly lying about a routine traffic stop. Senate candidate for the 1st District, Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt, told NBC40, "Senator Van Drew and Assemblyman Albano's integrity, honesty, and ethics are now being questioned."

After being pulled over for speeding in February of 2012, Assemblyman Albano wrote a letter to the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police saying he was, "…humiliated, embarrassed, and disrespected as a legislator.”

The letter was finally released pursuant to an 'Open Public Records Act' request.

On Monday, Republican candidates from the 1st District held a press conference to display the letter. They also showed dash-cam footage of the incident, which they say, contradicts Assemblyman Albano’s letter.

Kristine Gabor, 1st District Assembly candidate, said, "This is an outrage. I am the wife of a recently retired state trooper, who just like Trooper Pangborn, risks his life every day to protect and serve. To have somebody come along and try to purposely, viciously, try to destroy a career like that - it's just disgusting to me and I think he needs to be held accountable for it."

The Van Drew Democratic team from the 1st District released a statement that reads:

“This is old news. All we have heard from the Adelizzi-Schmidt team is personal attack after personal attack after personal attack. At what point are they going to discuss anything of substance? At what point are they going to give voters any idea of what they actually would accomplish if elected? He has apologized and paid his fine and has moved on, just like the Adelizzi-Schmidt team should do."

The general election for these 1st District candidates will be November 5th.

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