Corzine to Introduce Ethics Reforms

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New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine wants to reduce the influence of money on the state's political system. Today he plans to announce a broad package of ethics reforms, some of which would be done through executive order, while others would need legislative approval. This is according to a report by the Associated Press.

The executive order would, among other things, ban political contributions by state redevelopers and their consultants. It also would tighten the current ban on state-contractor contributions to include those made by partners of professional service firms.

Other reform measures would address concerns about the practice of rewarding political donors with lucrative government contracts - also known as "pay to play" - and so-called "wheeling" of campaign money from one political party committee to another.