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Bob Gordon Hasn’t Always Abstained From Votes Related To His Solar Energy Consulting Business


38th District Republican Senate candidate John Driscoll continued a theme from last night’s debate that focused on Trenton politician Bob Gordon’s conflicts-of-interest by pointing out that the incumbent has voted on issues pertaining to his private business.

“Bob Gordon is patting himself on the back for abstaining from votes pertaining to his politically-connected solar energy firm, but just last year he sponsored and voted for legislation supporting the kinds of renewable energy projects he makes his living from,” Driscoll, the Bergen County Freeholder Chairman, said today. “When it comes to the solar industry, Bob Gordon does not want the sun to shine on his conflict-of-interest.”
According to Gordon’s 2010 Financial Disclosure Statement, he earns income through The Goldfinch Group, whose principal client is Swan Creek Energy, a diversified developer of renewable energy projects. Despite this, Gordon sponsored and voted for legislation, SR-58, promoting renewable energy technologies.
Driscoll supports solar energy as a way to lower energy costs and help the economy and environment.
“Does Bob Gordon support renewable energy projects to benefit the environment  and economy, or to boost his personal income?” said Driscoll noting that yesterday an ethics complaint was filed against the Senator accusing him of violating the Legislature’s ethics code for voting on a measure that provided taxpayer-funded grants to Swan Creek.
“These are very serious allegations that Bob Gordon has not responded to,” Driscoll said. “I hope they are unfounded because the people of the 38th District need to know their Senator is focused on creating jobs for them, not himself.”

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Michhael Roney

Thursday, November 03 2011 @ 05:15 PM EDT
Bob Gordon's motivations and values are indeed questionable. In 2009 hundreds of residents in Fair Lawn’s Radburn district asked for his help in sponsoring legislation to require democratic elections and membership for anyone who owns a home in a planned community association. We don’t have that in Radburn. A loophole in current law allows zero accountability by our board and no control by residents over how and where their assessment money is spent. This is a statewide situation where predatory developers and lawyers are free to financially abuse thousands of association homeowners.

In this case, Gordon indicated to us that he would assist in closing this loophole if we delivered a petition with 200 signatures from Radburn homeowners. We came back with well over 400 signatures, representing more than half the homes in our community. Gordon then refused to help in any way.

What kind of public servant would be against protecting homeowners, and who would move the goalposts like that? Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk supported our efforts, as did Connie Wagner, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, Jerry Green, Senators Jeff Van Drew and Loretta Weinberg and many other well-intentioned legislators in both parties. In fact, Gordon was the only legislator we approached who didn’t help. Gordon is a former follower of disgraced Bergen County Democratic party boss Joe Ferrerio, whose political machine appointed him to replace indicted Senator Joe Coniglio. It shows.

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