The case of a New Jersey assemblyman charged with drunken driving has been transferred to another court outside his legislative district to avoid potential conflicts of interest.  Paul Moriarty was due to appear Wednesday in Washington Township (Gloucester County) Municipal Court.

But the matter will instead be heard in the Cumberland County community of Bridgeton, though a new hearing date has not been scheduled.

The Washington Township resident was charged July 31. Moriarty, who maintains he had not been drinking, was cited after he refused to take a breathalyzer test.

Moriarty has said he didn't understand the consequences of refusing the test, saying he did so only because he felt he "was being railroaded" and wanted to speak with his attorney before submitting to the test.

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