As I stated in a February 7, 2009 post, the vast majority of municipalities in New Jersey do not have their own ethics boards. So, any citizen complaints alleging that local officials in these municipalities violate the Local Government Ethics Law are handled at the state level–by the Local Finance Board (LFB).

Today, in response to my OPRA request, the Local Finance Board provided me with a redacted listing referencing each complaint the LFB has processed since January 1, 1999. I spent a couple of hours today converting the paper list to an Excel spreadsheet and have uploaded it here.

For those who don’t have Excel, I’ve also put a PDF version here.

As you can see, the vast majority of the unredacted entries are marked “Closed” and only two entries are marked “violation.” It is hard to draw any conclusions on this data without seeing the LFB’s case files. Anyone who wishes to OPRA any of the files on the listing can submit an electronic request to the “Department of Community Affairs” – “Division of Local Government Services” here.

John Paff
Somerset, New Jersey

Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project. Please send all comments to [email protected]