Accusations heat up in 1st District race

September 30, 2013

Richard Degener | September 26, 2013 | Press of Atlantic City

The 1st District legislative race got testy Thursday, with both sides accusing each other of misleading campaign advertisements.

The Republicans held a telephone conference with reporters Thursday morning to complain about a newspaper ad the Democrats ran claiming a state ethics panel had found no wrongdoing by Assemblyman Nelson Albano during a traffic stop near Trenton last year.

Republicans Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt, Sam Fiocchi and Kristine Gabor are facing off against Democratic incumbents Jeff Van Drew, Bob Andrzejczak and Albano to represent the district that includes all of Cape May County and parts of Cumberland and Atlantic counties.

The Republicans have been hammering Albano over a Feb. 21, 2012, traffic stop in which he tried to talk his way out of a ticket without success and then made claims about the State Police trooper’s conduct that were refuted by the dashboard camera in the police vehicle. Albano subsequently apologized and paid the speeding ticket.

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