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Update: Questions raised after traffic stop of New Jersey legislator

Back in April, our blog discussed how a New Jersey lawmaker asked a state trooper who pulled him over on his way to the Statehouse to give him a break on a speeding ticket.

Specifically, we discussed how Assemblyman Nelson Albano (D-Vineland) was pulled over by Trooper Randy P. back on February 21 for going 71 miles-per-hour in a 55 mile-per-hour zone. Upon being issued his traffic ticket, Albano -- who has represented the state's 1st Legislative District for six years -- purportedly told the trooper of his support for police during his time in office and asked for a break.

Roughly a week later, Albano penned an angry letter to Col. Rick Fuentes, the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, complaining about the traffic stop and demanding an investigation.

In the letter, he claimed that Trooper Randy P. had treated him like a criminal, delayed his attendance at the Statehouse, and that he had been targeted by the state police as part of a broader scheme of retribution for recent benefit and pension reforms approved by the legislature.

However, Albano ultimately apologized for the entire incident, agreed to pay the fine and withdrew his complaint.

As for Trooper Randy P., he filed a complaint of his own, alleging that ranking union officials unfairly pressured him to take care of the ticket, and that the complaint filed against him put his career in jeopardy.

In recent developments, state police officials recently completed an official internal investigation into the matter. Here, they determined that Albano's claims of being improperly issued a speeding ticket were unfounded. (Indeed, a video of the traffic stop obtained by The Star-Ledger appears to verify this.)

While Albano had no comment on the results of the investigation, the spokesperson for the Assembly Democrats issued a brief statement.

"This all happened the same month that the man who killed Assemblyman Albano's son was released from jail and the Assemblyman had a heart attack," said Tom Hester. "Assemblyman Albano apologized and paid the fine and will have no further comment on this issue

Stay tuned for any on this story from our New York traffic law blog ...

If you or a loved one has received a speeding ticket, don't just dismiss it.

Instead, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.


The Star-Ledger, "Video contradicts N.J. assemblyman's claim that trooper 'disrespected' him during stop," Christopher Baxter, Dec. 2, 2012

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