Taking government corruption to task force
loopholes and recommending ways to strength-
en our laws,” said Jim Leonard, senior vice presi-
dent of government relations.
he said he hoped reed’s group also exam-
Newly appointed N.J. ethics board wants to create statewide guidelines that would apply at local level ines enforcement resources “to make sure all
branches of government responsible for policing
By Shankar P. image — and called on them to help. Business though financial disclosure requirements do this have the resources they need.”
Gov. JON S. CORZINE last week set the stage people “face similar challenges in their own exist at the local level. When asked about any election-related
for ethics reforms at county and municipal organizations and have rules on, say, avoiding Failure to fill out a disclosure form would tinge to Corzine’s announcement, Leonard
levels, as well as for school boards and admin- conflicts of interest,” she said. invite a penalty at the state level, but not at the paraphrased former New York mayor Fiorello
istrators, by naming a dozen appointees to his she pointed out rules against nepotism, for local level, she said. La Guardia, who served from 1934 to 1945:
Local Government ethics example, or personal ethics where “you don’t Timothy McDonough, president of the “There is not a Democratic or a republican way
Task Force, doing so near- take the pencil home” from work; she wants New jersey League of municipalities and mayor to eliminate corruption.”
ly a year after he signed those values discussed and incorporated in Philip Kirschner, president of the New
the executive order that local governments. jersey Business and Industry association, also
created it. reed’s task force doesn’t have an agenda “These disclosure forms are welcomed the task force, but cautioned against
Corzine’s office, which or a meeting date yet, but is expected to file a great expectations.
vague, and a lot of people felt it
didn’t respond to requests report in 10 months. “You cannot legislate honesty,” he said.
for comment, may have she listed a few important objectives, such was an invasion of their privacy. “You don’t bring statutes to tell people you can’t
felt the heat from the FBI’s Ingrid Reed as a massachusetts-style system, with one set of They are going to be even more take bribes; you just keep prosecuting people
arrests in july of 44 officials, bureaucrats and ethics laws across the state. Governors Corzine reluctant putting out and they will understand.”
others on corruption and other charges. and Richard Codey brought about reforms at mcDonough felt it would help for public
information about their invest-
The timing also may help Corzine boost the state and executive levels, she said, but the officials to look for signs that one of their col-
his ratings against his republican gubernato- issues related to municipal and county admin- ments on the Internet.” leagues might be headed for trouble and take
rial rival, former U.s. attorney Chris Christie, istrations remained unaddressed. Timothy McDonough, New Jersey League of Municipalities corrective steps.
who has made corruption-busting his elec-