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Fairfield Township Informant

State fines Fairfield’s former mayor, current land use board member $500 for incomplete financial disclosure filings.

On November 14, 2019, the New Jersey Local Finance Board, the state agency that chiefly enforces the Local Government Ethics Law, issued a Notice of Violation to a former mayor and current land use board member of Fairfield Township (Cumberland County).  The notice stated that the official failed to report his wife’s income and his real estate holdings on his 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 financial disclosure statements.

The notice was issued in response to a September 27, 2017 complaint filed against Marion Kennedy, Jr. by the author and the New Jersey Libertarian Party’s Open Government Advocacy Project.  The complaint had alleged–and the notice found–that Kennedy failed to publicly disclose the income his wife Michelle, who current serves as president of the Fairfield Township Board of Education, earns from TD Bank.  The notice also cited Kennedy for failing to publicly report his ownership of two parcels of land on Beck Road in the Township.

According to the notice, Kennedy has 30 days from the date of the notice to contest the penalty and request an administrative hearing.

By John Paff

Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project