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NJ Lawmakers Propose Ethics Bill to Eliminate Perk Abuse

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A pair of South Jersey legislators are preparing to introduce a bill next month, aimed at overhauling ethics laws that would cover everyone from the Governor on down.

KYW’s David Madden reports that Camden County state senator Donald Norcross insists the current problems involving perk abuse and mismanagement at the Delaware River Port Authority are just the tip of the iceberg:

“New Jersey has literally hundreds and hundreds of different entities of governments and commissions. Some of them might do their job very well. Others don’t.”

This plan, co-authored by Washington Township assemblyman Paul Moriarty, would eliminate most perks like E-Z Pass, housing and car allowances, most chauffeurs, and state issued credit cards.

Gifts of any kind would be banned and any decision maker would be barred from working for a firm they did business with for two years after leaving office.