Two Assembly Republicans are donating a $500 contribution they received in 2007 from the campaign account of Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt (R-Ocean) to charity. Van Pelt was arrested yesterday on federal corruption charges.
Dawn Addiego (R-Evesham) and Scott Rudder (R-Medford) said they would give the funds to the Yellow Ribbon Club, which promotes welcome home events for U.S. soldiers and contributes to U.S. military hospitals.
"The last thing we wanted to do is return this money directly to Mr. Van Pelt's campaign account and then watch him attempt to use it for his legal defense fund like (State Sen.) Wayne Bryant tried to do in his corruption trial," said Rudder. "It is our hope that by making this donation we can directly help soldiers and their families, and find some silver lining in an otherwise very dark day in New Jersey."
Addiego and Rudder have not said if they were asking the Republican-controlled Lumberton Township Committee, which is in their district, to fire Van Pelt as their Township Administrator.