The House Ethics Committee says it will take more time to review allegations that a New Jersey congressman misused campaign funds by spending them on personal expenses.

Congressman Rob Andrews

The committee said Friday that its decision to extend the probe of U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, a New Jersey Democrat, does not indicate that there was an ethics violation. The committee made public a March report from the Office of  Congressional Ethics that there is "substantial reason to believe" that Andrews misused campaign funds on trips to Scotland and California and a high school graduation party for his daughter.

Earlier this year, The Associated Press reported that the campaign-funded trips to California happened regularly beginning in 2007.

In a statement, Andrews says he followed all rules on campaign spending.


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