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Bad Decision On Clean Elections

The Princeton Packet / PacketOnline — Monday, September 8, 2008

NJ Citizen Action

NJ Citizen Action is deeply disappointed with the decision by Speaker Roberts to put New Jersey's 2009 Clean Elections program on hold. This action will temporarily stall efforts to change New Jersey's current election financing system, which has left us with candidates who are mostly self-financing millionaires or dependent on contributions from well-healed donors and special interest.

Mr. Roberts' decision to put this legislation on hold comes after a Federal Judge ruled that parts of Arizona's Clean Elections program are unconstitutional. We strongly disagree with the speaker's assessment that this court decision should put New Jersey's much-needed Clean Elections program on hold, and believe that the Legislature can and should find a way to move this legislation forward.

We will continue our efforts to educate the public and the Legislature about the need for a statewide Clean Elections program, which will put an end to the corrupting influence that money has on the legislative process.

Phyllis Salowe-Kaye, Executive Director

Jim Walsh, Program Director

NJ Citizen Action

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