By David Madden
TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – Reports of South Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews using campaign money to make personal trips to the west coast in recent months have gotten the attention of ethics investigators on Capitol Hill.
Word from the Ethics Committee is that Andrews, who is seeking his 12th term in Congress, has been under investigation for months, and the committee received a report from the Office on Congressional Ethics in April.
At issue are some 18 trips to California, where one of Andrews’s daughters is working to become an entertainer. The Committee expects to issue findings no later than the end of August, although that date could be extended.
Andrews, in a statement, suggests the charges are politically motivated — the complaint was filed by Republican party officials. He insists the spending in question, almost $100,000, was legal, disclosed and did not involve a dime of tax money.