Former Candidate Buono Faces Campaign Violation Charges

TRENTON (AP) -

The Democratic state senator who lost the 2013 election to Gov. Chris Christie violated state law by failing to establish separate Senate and gubernatorial committees, New Jersey’s campaign law enforcement agency said Wednesday.

The Election Law Enforcement Commission said in a complaint that Barbara Buono used her senatorial account to pay for polling that questioned prospective voters about the governor’s race before she established the gubernatorial account. A company she hired with funds collected for her Senate campaign conducted 800 interviews and asked more than 80 questions.

The commission also said Buono filed a form for her gubernatorial candidacy 312 days late.

The two complaints each carry a possible maximum penalty of a $6,800 fine.