UNION – Gov. Chris Christie held his first town hall meeting in nearly three months at the Boys and Girls Club of Union County in Union Township on Monday, and he took the opportunity to blast Democratic lawmakers for taking too long to act on his legislative agenda.
Christie focused on a series of ethics reform proposals put forward last year, including one that would close a loophole in New Jersey’s Pay-to-Play law that a recent state comptroller’s report identified as a “fatal flaw” that makes the current Pay-To-Play legislation essentially meaningless at the local level. Other proposed measures would ban officials from holding multiple public offices and prevent convicted public officials from receiving pensions.
“In 376 days we’ve done nothing, in this limited area we’ve done nothing,” Christie said. “We look like Washington.”
“The problems are obvious, the solutions are obvious, yet nobody wants to do anything,” the governor said.
Christie asked those who attended the town hall meeting to contact their legislators and urge them to pass the ethics legislation he is promoting.
The governor himself has come under fire from critics in recent months for using State Police helicopters for transportation to personal and political events, and attending secret meetings with major GOP donors.
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