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Former Dunellen Council member cited for ethics violation.

After a two and a half year investigation, a former member of the Dunellen Borough (Middlesex County) Council was tentatively fined $200 by the New Jersey Local Finance Board (LFB) for failing to publicly disclose on his Financial Disclosure Statement (FDS) two parcels of real estate owned by his wife. In its November 23, 2018 […]

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Former Bound Brook Council member cited for ethics violation.

After a more than four-year investigation, a former member of the Bound Brook Borough (Somerset County) Council was tentatively fined $100 by the New Jersey Local Finance Board (LFB) for voting in favor of a resolution which designated a redeveloper for a Main Street property while her in-laws owned that property and her husband, who […]

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Burlington judge upholds Eastampton cop’s firing.

In an August 28, 2018 ruling, Burlington County Superior Court Judge Susan L. Claypoole upheld Eastampton Township’s October 23, 2017 decision to fire one of its police officers for being untruthful during an internal affairs investigation. According to Judge Claypoole’s 21-page written decision, the Eastampton Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit charged Officer Michael Musser with […]

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Middlesex Sheriff’s Officer charged with 3rd degree theft and insurance fraud.

In a September 30, 2018 Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request to Middlesex County, Libertarians for Transparent Government, a non-profit I serve as executive director, sought a criminal complaint filed against a County Sheriff’s Officer who we heard had been recently charged.  In its response, the County provided an unsigned, two-count criminal complaint filed by […]

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State Ethics Board: Swapping appointment votes is ethically OK as long as the one who votes first resigns a few days before the second vote.

After a three-and-a-half-year investigation, the Local Finance Board (LFB), the primary entity that enforces New Jersey’s Local Government Ethics Law (LGEL), ruled that a former Westampton Township (Burlington County) Committeeman did not violate the LGEL by voting to appoint a former Mount Holly Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) Commissioner to a $90,000 fire chief position two […]