Gov. Phil Murphy wants the Legislature to approve a package of ethics and government reforms that span from lobbying to financial disclosure to the transparency of the legislative process.
Murphy detailed the proposals in a speech at Rutgers University’s Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, which follow a promise from his State of the State. He said the five bills have bipartisan sponsors – Sen. Dick Codey, D-Essex, a former governor; Sen. Chris Brown, R-Atlantic; and Assemblyman Ryan Peters, R-Burlington – and hopes for more as the process unfolds.
But he also acknowledged that some of the ideas are likely to be criticized by some in the Legislature, saying they “challenge, or even threaten, a status quo in which they are at present very comfortable.”