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March 02, 2015

N.J. Lawmaker in Nonprofit Flap Won't Run for Re-Election

New Jersey Assemblywoman Linda Stender, facing questions over her husband's use of charity funds to raze a Hurricane Sandy-damaged home, announced that she will leave office when her current term ends in January, NJ Advance Media reports. State authorities are investigating a New Jersey Habitat for Humanity affiliate's allegation that Richard Stender sought to use post-storm aid to build a luxury home in Manasquan, N.J., after securing money from the group charity to demolish an existing bungalow there.

Ms. Stender, who has served in the legislature since 2002, announced Thursday that she will not run for re-election this year. "Over the last several days, it has become apparent that personal issues involving my family and a nonprofit group have become an insurmountable distraction to me, to my running mates and, most importantly, to the constituents I have been proud to represent for more than a decade," she said.