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(In)complete List Of NJ Local Pay-to-Play Laws

Found this this morning.  Click on the image to go to the page.

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Haven’t had time to read any of them yet but here’s something interesting;

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Why is Belmar missing?  Any theories?

By the way there’s something in here Matt’s going to like.  If you click on the Monmouth County Freeholders you are shown a letter to the state saying that the County ditched its pay-to-play law in 2012.  There is also a copy of the resolution they passed that rescinded the law .


To be fair, though, none of the other Counties have P to P laws anymore.


  1. Michael D Druz wrote:

    Ask Ken Pringle why there is not a “pay-to-play” ordinance registered for Belmar, since he “fathered” the ordinance? BTW, I asked this question approximately a month ago, “go to the tape” !

    Monday, March 7, 2016 at 8:47 am | Permalink
  2. A Voter 2 wrote:

    The State of NJ and Counties and Schools have very strict standards of ethics and conflict of interest rules. Unfortunately they don’t apply to municipalities unless they get caught for example look at the city of Trenton’s code of ethics. If the Mayor and council were in Trenton they would not be allowed to do what they do unless they want to end up in handcuffs. These bunch of misguided individuals better wake up, they cannot survive loosing lawsuits that show questionable behavior.

    Monday, March 7, 2016 at 10:39 am | Permalink
  3. Ken Pringle wrote:

    We adopted the 2005 amendments to the Pay-to-Play ordinance in the spring of that year. The statute that provides for local Pay-to-Play ordinances to be filed with the Secretary of State did not become law until about 9 months later, on January 5, 2006, when it was signed by the governor. Neither the Borough Attorney nor I picked up on that. Nor did any of our subsequent Borough Attorneys, including the one who prepared the last revision, which I believe was in 2011.

    The filing provision is not a condition of the local ordinance taking effect. It’s simply designed to put vendors on notice that certain towns have their own pay to play laws. Our ordinance contains provisions requiring notices to vendors, and provides ample opportunity to “cure” any violation by returning a contribution. Presumably, that’s why no one ever complained, at least to me, that Belmar’s ordinance was not posted on the Secretary of State’s website.

    Given their close relationship, I’m sure Mike Druz can persuade the Mayor to file a copy of the current ordinance with the Secretary of State until the fate of proposed Ordinance No. 2016-1 is decided through the referendum process.

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 11:22 am | Permalink
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Looks like Mike Druz may have his own problems to contend with.

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 12:08 pm | Permalink
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    KEN PRINGLE: straight shooter.

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 12:47 pm | Permalink
  6. Belmar Dude wrote:

    Probably won’t be hearing from Mike D for a while….

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

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