Before resigning, congressman hired law firm

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CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey congressman hired a law firm to help with an ethics probe he was facing just before he resigned earlier this year.

Former U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews tells the Courier-Post (http://on.cpsj.com/1h9GhUs ) that Washington-based Martin & Gitner was paid in January to handle procedural issues related to a House Ethics Committee investigation of his campaign spending practices. Andrews had two other firms working on the case.

The payment was disclosed in a recent campaign finance filing.

When Andrews announced his resignation in February, he said it was not because of the investigation. He took a job at a law firm.

His campaign finance records show he used donor money for frequent trips to California, where his daughter had a fledgling career in the entertainment industry.

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Information from: Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, N.J.), http://www.courierpostonline.com/

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