Elected officials would be permitted to vote on applications by their campaign contributors under a law change that’s up for a vote in Red Bank this week.
And the upper limits on what contributors can give politicians would soar to more than six times the current cap.
That’s according to an article in Saturday’s Asbury Park Press.
The proposed changes have baffled state Senator Jen Beck, a former Red Bank who favored an ordinance that went into effect after her tenure. That law would be gutted if the proposed changes are approved, she said.
“This only opens the borough to political influence and corruption,” Beck told Press reporter Larry Higgs. “It’s unclear to me why [Mayor Pasquale Menna] would move in that direction, when he supported” the existing ordinance.
Middletown-based civil engineering firm T&M Associates was the state’s biggest contributor to political campaigns among businesses that contract with local and state government in New Jersey, according to a report issued Wednesday.
The state Election Law Enforcement Commission reported that for the fifth straight year, T&M which holds contracts with both Middletown and Red Bank topped the list of donor/contractor firms disclosing contributions under so-called ‘pay-to-play’ laws.