New Jersey state officials are catching some heat over tickets they received for [lastfm]U2[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Bruce Springsteen [/lastfm]concerts.
Members of former Governor John Corzine‘s office allegedly received 57 tickets for Bruce Springsteen, [lastfm]Jonas Brothers[/lastfm] and U2 concerts, before the tickets became available to the public. Court records also show that more than 350 seats for 15 concerts were set aside for officials, according to Bloomberg.
The ticket acquisitions reportedly came at the same time that the state was suing online ticket brokers for offering some purchasers an unfair advantage.
“The means by which the tickets are secured has everything to do with undue access and using official position to secure an unfair advantage,” Paula Franzese, chairwoman of the New Jersey Ethics Commission, told Bloomberg. “The public can’t help but feel violated when the perception is some are entitled to special treatment, but not others.”
Though state representatives claim that it is standard industry practice for music venues to reserve tickets for VIPs, the Ethics Committee believes that these advance tickets may breach the state ethics code by providing “unwarranted privileges” to elected officials.