It may be legal, but in our opinion it is certainly unethical. Okay, first some explaining. What does Senator Sweeney have to do with MagazzuWatch? And why do we care about his defunct Freeholder campaign chest?
First, like it or not, Sweeney and Norcross OWN Cumberland county. All one need do is follow the money trail, and we will have more on that in the coming days, between Gloucester, Camden and parts of Burlington County that are all Norcross territory.
The Daily Journal, while being remiss on political news that actually affects local residents, did print a story (first released by the Philadelphia Inquirer) on Sweeney and his misuse of political funds.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sweeney spent $765 on cigars, $1,118 for dinner at a Washington restaurant and more than $10,000 for political meetings at South Jersey restaurants between January and September.
The money came from the Democrat’s Gloucester County freeholder re-election fund. Sweeney stepped down from the freeholder board in December and is not seeking re-election.
Sweeney tells the newspaper he’ll be shutting down the account later this year.
The fund had nearly $80,000 at the start of the year, but it’s down to less than $5,000.
If Sweeney is not running for the political office to which those funds were designated, how can it be legal to go on a spending spree? Sweeney is living high off the hog while his constituents face unemployment, mortgage foreclosures, and run-away tax bills. This sort of news is why virtually nobody has faith in our elected leaders. This man is the top dog in the Democratic Party, and rather than using that money to help people he hosts bacchanalian feasts!