Vas Pay-To-Play Reform May Be Repealed

PERTH AMBOY – City council members are considering taking steps to introduce three new pay-to-play ordinances to replace the pay-to-play and ethics reform package approved in the final days of Mayor Joseph Vas’ administration. According to Council President Peter Jimenez, the proposed ordinances are based on models provided by the Citizens’ Campaign.

The group criticized the ordinances proposed by Vas, claiming that they would allow the practice of trading campaign contributions for government contracts to continue. The group said that the Vas ordinances do not cover contributions to Political Action Committees, which would allow professionals to make large contributions in exchange for government contracts.
Vas said the Perth Amboy ordinance was modeled after the pay-to-play ordinance in effect in Woodbridge.
The council plans to review the proposed ordinances before possibly introducing them at the August council meeting.

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