July 7, 2016 •
Jersey City, NJ to Consider Revising Pay-to-Play Law
Jersey City Councilman Michael Yun has proposed changes to the city’s pay-to-play laws.
The changes would broaden the laws to include the city’s autonomous agencies as well as restrict some vendors from contributing to city elected officials seeking higher office. The proposal would also extend the ban on no-bid city contracts, from one year to four years, for those who contribute more than $300 to a candidate.
Yun, a longtime critic of Mayor Steve Fulop, claims the changes are meant to close loopholes in the current law and not to target Fulop. In the past, Fulop’s donors have received large contracts with the city Municipal Utilities Authority, an autonomous agency not bound by current pay-to-play rules. Fulop is also rumored to be considering a 2017 gubernatorial run.
Yun submitted his proposal to corporation counsel for review and hopes to receive initial approval from council at its July 13 meeting.
Photo of Jersey City by David Jones on Wikimedia Commons.
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