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State's Largest Citizen Watch Dog Urges Legislature Not To Quit Clean Elections For 2009

Local Talk News — Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Statement of Phyllis Salowe-Kaye, Executive Director
NJ Citizen Action

NJ Citizen Action is deeply disappointed with the decision by Speaker Roberts to put New Jersey's 2009 Clean Elections program on hold. This action will temporarily stall efforts to change New Jersey's current election financing system, which has left us with candidates who are overly dependant on contributions from well-healed donors and special interests.

Roberts' decision to put this on hold comes after a federal judge ruled that parts of Arizona's Clean Elections program are unconstitutional. We strongly disagree with the Speaker's assessment that this court decision should delay the implementation of New Jersey's much-needed Clean Elections program, and believe that the Legislature can and should find a way to move this legislation forward.

NJ Citizen Action and the NJ Clean Elections Coalition stand ready and able to work with the Speaker, members of the legislature and regulators to develop positive policy solutions that will pass constitutional review, expand clean elections and help clean up politics in New Jersey.

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