Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie's campaign has returned a $3,400 donation made by the joint Assembly campaign account that includes Daniel Van Pelt (R-Ocean Twp.), who was arrested Thursday on corruption charges.
Christie spokeswoman Maria Commella confirmed that the campaign has returned the donation. It was made on July 17 – less than a week before federal authorities arrested Van Pelt and 43 others in a dual track corruption and money laundering sting. Van Pelt is accused of accepting a $10,000 bribe. He is the only Republican who was arrested last week.
Despite calls from legislative leaders and top members of his own party, Van Pelt has not resigned from the Assembly. His running mate, Brian Rumpf (R-Little Egg Harbor)– the other person on the joint campaign account — has not been linked to the corruption scandal and has also called on Van Pelt to resign.
Since Christie accepts two-for-one matching funds from the state, the donation would have been worth $10,200 in campaign dollars.