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NJ Open Government Notes

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 Civil Settlements

Winslow Township confidentially paid $110,000 to settle man’s claim that police threw him face-first into a curb.

On January 9, 2020, the Township of Winslow (Camden County) quietly paid $110,000 to settle a Sicklerville man’s excessive force lawsuit arising out of his June 13, 2017 encounter with two Winslow officers. In his lawsuit, James O’Hara claimed that he, his grandfather and others flagged down Winslow Police Officers Matthew Gibbons and James Haines […]