Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ) stepping down, denies ethics probe as reason for resigning

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Haddon Heights, NJ, United States (4E) – Rep. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) on Tuesday announced he is resigning effective Feb. 18 to take a job at a Philadelphia law firm.

In announcing his resignation during a press conference at his district office in Haddon Heights, Andrews, 56, denied he was leaving because of a House Ethics Committee probe on his alleged personal use of campaign funds. He said it was a personal decision concurred by his family and aimed at helping his family have a better life.

His pay at the Dilworth Paxson as head of its government affairs department is reportedly higher than his $170,000 congressional salary.

Andrews has been serving in Congress for 24 years succeeding former Rep. James Florio by winning a special election in 1990. His resignation is seen to end the ethics committee’s one-and-a-half-year investigation on his campaign spending. It could also prevent the release of the committee’s findings.

Andrews is accused of reimbursing from his campaign funds $16,500 he spent on plane tickets for his family’s trip to Scotland. He also allegedly used campaign funds to pay for his daughter’s graduation party.

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