New Jersey has weak pay-to-play laws, but permits local governments to enact their own more stringent regulations. Those local laws were set to expire on January 1, 2006 unless the legislature passed a bill to allow them to remain.
Unfortunately, some Democrats in the legislature have taken the lead in opposing any significant pay-to-play ban. As the party in power, they rely on the pay-to-play cycle to keep them there.
On June 27, Sen. Peter Inverso (R-Hamilton) tried to put S-1987 , a bill which would permit local pay-to-play bans to remain in place, up for a vote, but it failed 20-17. Today, however, the Senate unanimously approved the bill which passed in the Assembly on Monday. Codey is a co-sponsor of the bill, so there’s no doubt he will sign it into law.
This bill is a small step in the right direction, but we need comprehensive pay-to-play reform at all levels. Democrats in the legislature should stop making excuses and get it done.