NJ: Use of Campaign Funds

A New Jersey court upheld an opinion that Rep. Wayne Bryant cannot use campaign funds to pay for his legal expenses, according to this report.

Former State Sen. Wayne Bryant of Camden County cannot use his remaining campaign money to pay legal bills from his corruption trial, an appellate court ruled yesterday.

The decision upholds a January opinion from the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), which told Bryant that using campaign dollars for his criminal defense was not an “ordinary and necessary” expense that comes with holding office.

Bryant recently was convicted of corruption charges related to trading his influence over the state budget for “low-show” public jobs that boosted his pension.

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