Less than two years ago, Burlington County Democrats field an ethics complaint against Assemblyman Francis Bodine, calling him the "King of Conflict" and accused him of violating ethics rules.
Former Easthampton Mayor Don Hartman and former Mount Laurel Public Safety Director Sandy Weinstein, who challenged Bodine in 2005, said that Bodine helped his employer, engineering firm Adams, Rehmann, Heggan Associates, obtain a no bid contract from the Shamong Board of Education. They also alleged that Bodine co-sponsored and supported legislation that would provide $95 million for the reconstruction of dams while his employer — and campaign contributor –was involved in dam reconstruction projects in the Medford area.
"While we support this legislation, using a position of public trust for self-enrichment is what's wrong with government," said Weinstein. "And its why the voters don't trust politicians. If the dictionary had a definition of 'conflict of interest' all you would see is Bodine's picture.
The Democrats also claimed that Bodine had additional conflicts with his other employer, GrinSpec Consulting, an insurance firm. Hartman and Weinstein said that GrinSpec, also a major Bodine donor, received a no-bid contract with Moorestown, where Bodine served as Mayor and Councilman.