Christie's Bully Pulpit Sparks Ethics Complaint
Belmar resident files complaint with ethics commission
Gov. Chris Christie has been slapped with an ethics complaint after he endorsed a local beach pavilion-building project.
Vincent Ehmann of Belmar says he believes it was improper for the governor to take sides on his town's referendum during a town-hall style meeting Christie held on Wednesday.
The $7 million bond question is on Belmar's ballot for a special election scheduled for Aug. 19.
Ehmann says he believes it crossed the line for Christie to make a political endorsement during a government-funded event.
At his town halls, which include question-and-answer sessions with citizens, Christie gives his positions on a variety of issues.
His office did not immediately respond to questions about the complaint, which Ehmann said he filed Thursday with the State Ethics Commission.