State Sen. Loretta Weinberg responded to her foe, Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero, in a letter addressing his accusation that she has accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from special interests including healthcare PACs, lobbyists and tobacco companies.
Weinberg said that her record bore her out.
“Since I was the prime sponsor in the Assembly for many years which resulted in the Clean Indoor Air Act, signed by Governor Richard Codey, I’m assuming that the one small contribution I received many years ago from Philip Morris was not well spent on their part,” said Weinberg, who added that she returned a check from Enron with a note that they should give it back to their workers who were left “high and dry.”
“Mr. Ferriero the reality of the situation is you can’t have it both ways. You can’t criticize me for accepting so-called “special interest” money and then try to criticize me for not accepting special interest money and becoming a Clean Elections candidate. Please don’t try to be on both sides of this fence,” wrote Weinberg.