Governor McGreevey helps New Jersey take a step toward ethics reform

Governor Jim McGreevey (D-NJ) signed an executive order Wednesday that will help New Jersey take a step toward ethics reform.

The executive order bans companies that do business with any state agency from making campaign contributions to candidates for governor or their political parties. McGreevey says the executive order is his attempt to end New Jerseys culture of pay to play, the practice of rewarding political donors with government contracts.

In June, McGreevey signed a package of 20 bills aimed at pay to play practices. However, the governor says the bills had a lot of holes campaign contributors could loop around and he hopes the executive order will close most of those loopholes.

The executive order takes effect October 15 and will remain in place unless rescinded by another governor. Senator President Dick Codey (D-Essex), who will succeed McGreevey, issued a statement saying he will not revoke the executive order.

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