Ethics complaint poses problem for Singh

Seema Singh's campaign for the New Jersey State Senate is not going well. A Trenton Times story details an ethics complaint against her — seemingly at the suggestion of her former boss, Public Advocate Ronald Chen. Last week, a Gannett story revealed that she accepted campaign contributions from top utility company executives just weeks after leaving her job as state Ratepayer Advocate. And Gannett columnist Bob Ingle wrote about the potential conflict of Singh's decision to hire political consultant Steve DeMicco, the husband of Board of Public Utilities Commission President Jeanne Fox.

The ethics investigation lends credibility to comments from Corzine administration officials that Singh was on the verge of being asked to leave state government. Some Democrats say her willingness to challenge popular GOP State Senator Peter Inverso was a face-saving exit strategy.

But Singh has qualified for the first round of public financing — the only one out of eighteen possible candidates to do that so far — and her GOP opponent, Assemblyman Bill Baroni, hasn't said a word about Singh's bad press — not exactly the uber aggressive campaign New Jersey watched in April when Inverso announced his retirement. Ethics complaint poses problem for Singh