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.”