A New Jersey judge is facing ethics charges for allegedly misusing his office and authority to help his relatives in a dispute they were having with a home renovation contractor.

The state Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct filed a formal complaint again Totowa, N.J., Municipal Court Judge Mario Batelli on Jan. 26, alleging that he violated the Canons of the Code of Judicial Conduct by helping his sister-in-law and her father.

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