Riley introduces Mount Laurel ethics reforms

A week after attacking eighth district Republicans and the towns they control for pay-to-play, Mount Laurel councilwoman and Assembly candidate Tracy Riley has introduced a series of ethics reforms for her own town’s government.

Riley is running for an eighth district Assembly seat in a race that’s brought charges of pay-to-play and ethical lapses from both sides.

In November, Riley became the first Democrat elected to the Mount Laurel council in over 20 years.

Riley’s proposal seeks to “give teeth” to Mount Laurel’s pay-to-play ordinance, ban contributions from township employees to local political parties and candidates, put all of the town’s public documents on its website, institute stricter candidate campaign contribution disclosure requirements and create a ban on awarding contracts to municipal employees within two years of their employment.

“We must act now to clean up our government and set an ethical standard that will become a model for good government for other municipalities,” said Riley.

Last week, Atlantic County Executive candidate Jim McGettigan issued a press release outlining similar reform proposals for his county.

Burlington County Republican Executive Director Chris Russell implied that the reforms are a campaign gimmick.

“How does Tracy Riley expect any Mount Laurel resident to take seriously her plans for the township’s future when less than five months after being sworn in as a Mount Laurel Councilwoman, she was turning in petitions to run for the State Legislature?” asked Russell.

Riley introduces Mount Laurel ethics reforms