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Bound Brook Council member cited for ethics violation.

After a more than two-year investigation, a member of the Bound Brook Borough (Somerset County) Council was tentatively fined $200 by the New Jersey Local Finance Board (LFB) for failing to report his ownership interest in two parcels of real estate in the Borough on his 2018 financial disclosure filing. In its March 30, 2021 […]

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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 […]