Bergen County, NJ Board Overrides Executive’s Veto on Pay-to-Play Legislation

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Bergen CountyOn May 15, the Bergen County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders voted to override County Executive Kathleen A. Donovan’s veto of the new pay-to-play ordinance that passed on May 1.

This is the second pay-to-play ordinance vetoed by the county executive in the last eight months. On October 5, 2012, Donovan had vetoed a prior pay-to-play measure passed by the Board.

Freeholder Ordinance 13-06 changes the code to include lowering the debarment period for future county contracts from four years to one year. Under the new ordinance, contractors will also be able to make political contributions up to $5,200 to county political parties.

According to, another vote on the ordinance is required because the public notice for the legislation was not properly published. The board next meets on Wednesday, May 22.

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