Lawmaker Responds to Spokesperson’s Attempt in Media to Deflect from Comprehensive Pay-to-Play Reform Introduced This Week
TRENTON – Senator Loretta Weinberg, today sent a letter to Governor Chris Christie, urging him to support her efforts to crack down on pay-to-play and wheeling, and pledging to work with the Governor to enact bipartisan comprehensive ethics reform addressing financial disclosure for legislators and issue-advocacy organizations, and greater openness and transparency in government operations.
“As you are undoubtedly aware from your tenure as U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, the corrupting influence of unchecked campaign cash on public contracts, and the lack of public scrutiny over all facets of government – not just lawmakers’ salaries from outside sources – are some of the biggest hurdles we face in achieving more ethical, accountable government in the Garden State,” wrote Senator Weinberg, D-Bergen. “New Jersey’s taxpayers pay a premium for the backroom deals and favor-trading inherent in the practice of pay-to-play. We need to end this blight on government in New Jersey, in addition to creating more openness and transparency in government operations and campaign finance.”
The Senator’s letter, which was partly in response to media accounts in which the Governor’s spokesperson, Michael Drewniak, dismissed her pay-to-play reform bill announced last week in favor of other ethics reform measures, is attached.