Attention New Jersey residents: S. 1987 still hasn't come up for a vote in the New Jersey Senate. I described this a while back, but that was, like, a while back ago already, so let me set the table here again. Dozens of New Jersey municipalities (and two counties) have passed pay-to-play ethics reform legislation more stringent than what the state passed last June (in S. 2). But S. 2 opens existing pay-to-play laws up to local court challenges; S. 1987 would specifically permit municipalities to pass stronger pay-to-pay laws than the state's. Acting Governor Codey is a co-sponsor of this legislation; give him a call at 609.292.6000 and ask him to post S. 1987 for a vote by December 8. (Not long after December 8, the Senate will go home for the year, so give a call soon.)
Once again, I feel that large governing bodies should allow small governing bodies to have the freedom to determine what's best for them. This does not mean that small governing bodies should have the right to pass less stringent pay-to-play laws than the state wants, because pay-to-play shouldn't exist anywhere. Pay-to-play turns small communities into the fiefdoms of a few large businesses, and if your community has become a fiefdom of a few large businesses, it doesn't have the freedom to determine what's best for it.