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  • NJ A1486
  • Bars certain officials from elective office and political activity for certain time periods.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would prohibit certain public officials from campaigning for election to public office during the term of their public service and for a period of two years afterwards. The bill would apply to the Attorney General and the First Assistant Attorney General, the 21 county prosecutors and their assistant prosecutors and legal assistants to prosecutors, the Inspector General, and the four members of the State Commission of Investigation (SCI). Under the bill, no person who holds any of these positions could (1) be a candidate for election to, or hold, any elective public office or any office or position with any political party or club, or (2) in connection with the candidacy of any person for public office, sign or authorize the use of his name in connection with political or campaign literature or material, or print, publish or distribute such political or campaign literature or material. In addition, the bill provides that such persons could not be a candidate for, or hold, elective public office for a period of two years immediately following the termination of that person's service in the position. The bill is modeled on the language of N.J.S.A.52:15C-4, which bars the State Comptroller from such political activity. Currently, the statutes set out certain restrictions on political activity by county prosecutors, the Inspector General, and the members of the SCI. This bill would make these restrictions, and the new restrictions on political activity by the Attorney General, consistent throughout the statutes. The intent of this bill is to prevent persons who are holding positions of public trust from misusing those positions for political gain.
Judiciary
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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