Gov. Jon Corzine's administration is causing some angst among Mercer County Democrats who are worried about how a report detailing wasteful spending by Allies Inc. will affect their campaign. The report, issued this week by state Comptroller Matthew Boxer, says that the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities overpaid contractors by more than $1.4 million.
Allies Inc., was paid $111,851 to cover the cost of two cruises, $2,690 to pay for dinner at the Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar at the Tropicana casino in Atlantic City, and $1,345 for a trip to Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
The problem for the Democrats is that one of the Democratic candidates for Hamilton Township Council, Wendy Sturgeon, was the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Allies during the time the wasteful spending took place. Sturgeon's own profile posted on the LinkedIn.com website takes credit for the kind of events Boxer has criticized. Expect Republicans to make that an issue in the fall campaign, and watch Democrats distance themselves from Sturgeon.
Mercer County Freeholder John "Hop" Cimino serves on Allies' Advisory Board.