Pay-to-Play Ordinance Passes in Bergen County, NJ - State and Federal Communications

May 2, 2013  •  

Pay-to-Play Ordinance Passes in Bergen County, NJ

Bergen CountyThe Bergen County New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders passed an ordinance yesterday modifying the county’s pay-to-play laws. reports the Board voted 6-1 in favor of changes to the code that include lowering the debarment period for future county contracts from four years to one year. Contractors will also be able to make political contributions up to $5,200 to county political parties.

The ordinance must next go to County Executive Kathleen Donovan. Executive Donovan vetoed prior pay-to-play measures last year. If the ordinance is not vetoed, or if a veto is overridden, it will become effective 20 days after publication.

Freeholder Maura DeNicola cast the single vote against the ordinance, calling it “an incumbent protection program” according to

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