A south Jersey congressman hired a law firm to help with an ethics probe he was facing just before he resigned earlier this year.

Congressman Rob Andrews (Mark Wilson, Getty Images)

Former U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews tells the Courier-Post 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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