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Enhance transparency by changing N.J. PAC requirements

Enhance transparency by changing N.J. PAC requirements
BY JEFF BRINDLE
COMMENTARY

It has been said that while reforms are often necessary and to the benefit of the public they sometimes have unintended consequences.

The Election Law Enforcement Commission's (ELEC) recent analysis of special interest PAC activity underscores this point. It showed that the level of special interest PAC activity involving New Jersey elections returned to late 1980's, early 1990's levels.

What's behind this? White Paper analyses published by the Commission over twenty years suggest that reforms enacted first in 1993 and again in 2005 have something to do with it.

From 1985 to 1989, for instance, a period of political party weakness, financial activity in legislative elections by PACs ranged from 18 percent to 20 percent.

There were a number of factors that contributed to the decline of once powerful party organizations, particularly at the county level.

Among the factors were: court decisions in the 1960's that apportioned legislative districts on a one-person-one-vote basis rather than county lines; increased suburbanization, decreasing voter turnout; and the Open Primary Law enacted in 1981.

 

Citizens of Newark pay too much for police misconduct

Citizens of Newark pay too much for police misconduct
BY DEBORAH JACOBS
COMMENTARY

Faced with a $70 million budget gap, Mayor Cory Booker has proposed cost-cutting measures ranging from layoffs to shutting down city pools to wiping out the city's toilet pa...

Reforming N.J. gaming industry will challenge Christie

Reforming N.J. gaming industry will challenge Christie
BY CARL GOLDEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

As political debates go, the one shaping up over the Christie Administration's comprehensive initiative to reform and reinvigorate the state's gaming and e...

Future of Atlantic City and gaming is too important to rush

Future of Atlantic City and gaming is too important to rush
DEAR EDITOR:

Amid much speculation that an agreement is near on a plan for Atlantic City's future, I am making it very clear that much work remains to properly examine all facets of New Jersey's sports...

At this rate, it could be President Hillary Clinton in 2012

At this rate, it could be President Hillary Clinton in 2012
BY ALAN J. STEINBERG
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

President Barack Obama is a man whose political fortunes have imploded. The national political rock star of 2008 has become the Democratic political...

Not contributing to N.J. teacher and state worker pensions is the real fraud

Not contributing to N.J. teacher and state worker pensions is the real fraud
BY MURRAY SABRIN
COMMENTARY

The State of New Jersey was accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of committing fraud when it issued bonds between 2001 and 2007. According to the SEC complaint...

Increasing N.J. sales tax to offset property taxes is not an original idea

Increasing N.J. sales tax to offset property taxes is not an original idea
BY MICHAEL MORRIS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

It seems as though Middletown's appointed Republican mayor Gerry Scharfenberger has a rather novel, but highly unoriginal idea to help unburden tax paye...

Turning Meadowlands into a racino is common sense

Turning Meadowlands into a racino is common sense
BY RALPH R. CAPUTO AND CONNIE WAGNER
COMMENTARY

The news is coming quickly these days when it comes to gaming, and unfortunately none of it is all that good for New Jersey.

First, Gov. Chris Christie's a...

Obama’s support of Ground Zero mosque was damaging

Obama’s support of Ground Zero mosque was damaging
BY CARL GOLDEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

It's called "stepping on your own story" and avoiding it is a lesson drilled into politicians before they ever leave the cradle.

Last week, President Obama ...

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