Sunday, February 20, 2005

Pay-to-Play Reform

In the Burlington County Times this morning, I read with great interest about the latest "reform" bill before the legislature (Both sides bicker over pay-to-play ( It seems only Democrats are supporting the current bill in the Senate, but not all of them. According to our local Senators, banning contract awards of greater then $17,500 for contributors to state parties and gubernatorial candidates is insufficient, and should be extended to all levels of government.
I agree wholeheartedly. An incremental approach to this reform simply invites further abuse of the system. As was made abundantly clear during the very short campaign to sew up the Democratic nomination for Governor, the real power in New Jersey resides at the county level. If we cannot prevent these corrupt practices across the board, then the money will simply flow through the unrestricted offices.