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State agency holds that Bridgeton Councilman violated Local Government Ethics Law.

On March 19, 2021, the Local Finance Board (LFB), the chief enforcer of New Jersey’s Local Government Ethics Law (LGEL), found that a Bridgeton City Councilman violated the state’s conflict-of-interest laws when he voted in 2017 to sell several parcels of City real estate to a corporation while he simultaneously served on the board of […]

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Absent specific evidence of untruthfulness, New Jersey agency will not investigate ethics complaint against local government officials who claim that they each lack a source of income of greater than $2,000 per year.

New Jersey’s Local Government Ethics Law (LGEL) requires elected and certain appointed local government officials to annually disclose, on a Financial Disclosure Statement (FDS), all sources of income in excess of $2,000 for both themselves and their household relatives. The reason for this is to help the public detect impermissible conflicts of interest such as […]

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NJ Attorney General’s office discloses name of Trooper forced to resign for “engaging in racially offensive behavior.”

On February 17, 2017, my non-profit, Libertarians for Transparent Government (LFTG), sued the New Jersey Division of State Police seeking disclosure of the name of a Trooper who, according to the Division’s annual report, “was required to . . . separate from employment . . . [for] having questionable associations, engaging in racially offensive behavior […]

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Brick school board sued for discriminating against grounds worker because of his alcoholism.

In his March 30, 2020 lawsuit, a grounds worker formerly employed by the Brick Township (Ocean County, NJ) Board of Education sued the school board and its head of Human Resources for firing him after he allegedly failed a February 19, 2019 alcohol breath test. In his lawsuit, Brian Flynn stated that he was summoned […]

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New Jersey Supreme Court agrees to decide whether the identity of trooper who left his or her position for “questionable associations” and “racially offensive behavior” can be withheld from the public.

Each year, the Division of State Police (NJSP) issues a public report that summarizes disciplinary cases against troopers processed through its internal affairs system.  Page 13 of the 2015 report noted that an unnamed trooper was “separate[d] from employment” for “having questionable associations, engaging in racially offensive behavior and publicly discussing police patrol procedures.”  After […]