Longtime Pay-to-Play Critic Kean Gets in on the Game

 

Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-21) and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3).

Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-21) and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3).

On the heels of Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) firing off letters to the U.S. Attorney and Attorney General concerning allegations of strong-arming tactics by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean called for the immediate passage of pay-to-play legislation (S-341).

Kean wants to restrict campaign contributions by public employee labor organizations.

“I don’t think anyone is shocked by the allegations made by the Senate President that public-sector labor unions are attempting to influence the legislative process with campaign donations,” said the senate minority leader. “The only surprise is that it is happening so publicly in this instance. This just serves as confirmation that the quid pro quo actually occurs that most people suspected between unions and the elected Democrats they usually support.”