NJ lawmaker fined $500 over traffic stop response
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey assemblyman who lost re-election last month has become the first state lawmaker to be fined by the Legislature's ethics panel in 35 years.
Democrat Nelson Albano of Cumberland County was fined $500. The ethics committee found this week that his complaint against a trooper who stopped him last year for driving 71 mph in a 55-mph zone had no merit.
In a letter to state police, Albano accused the trooper of humiliating him and showing him disrespect.
State police and the legislative committee found the trooper acted professionally.
Albano's attorney told The Star-Ledger the legislator apologizes for the episode and will not challenge the fine, but denies violating ethics rules.
Video of the traffic stop taken from the trooper's dashboard camera and made public by the Ledger contradicted Albano's version of events.