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Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Holmdel). (Photo: Courtesy of the New Jersey State Assembly)

Ethics complaint against DiMaso dropped

Panel accepts statement that consultant accidentally spoofed number

By David Wildstein, June 18 2019 12:47 pm

An ethics complaint filed against Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Holmdel) by two Democratic legislators has been dismissed.

Two Monmouth County Democratic legislators, Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune) and Joann Downey (D-Freehold), filed a complaint last July alleging that a robocall DiMaso recorded following their vote on the state budget violated the Truth-In-Caller ID Act when an automated dialing system was programmed to spoof their phone number as the originator of the robocall.

The Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards found that the spoofing was the result of an accident by DiMaso’s political consultant, Tom Fitzsimmons, and that DiMaso had no “control or knowledge” of it.

Houghtaling and Downey claim that DiMaso, who represents a neighboring district of spoofing their district office’s telephone number in a robocall attacking the two over tax hikes passed in June during the year’s budget negotiations.

The complaint against DiMaso was first reported by the New Jersey Globe.

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One thought on “Ethics complaint against DiMaso dropped

  1. Unbelievable!! DiMaso was sloppy, not “unethical.” Play on words if you ask me. In the private sector, she would be fired for her sloppiness–that’s for sure.

    As for poor Tom Fitzsimmons, he is now damaged goods. What politician would want to go near him for political consultant purposes when he doesn’t pay attention to details?

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