State Ethics Commission
Po Box 082
Trenton NJ 08625 March 22, 2007
To Whom It May Concern
Please consider this a formal request for an investigation into the conduct of Carla Katz, former member of the Public Employee Relations Commission and President of the Communication Workers of America; as it relates to contract negotiations with Governor Jon Corzine who represented the taxpayers of New Jersey. Pursuant to New Jersey Conflicts of Interest Law 52:13D-12, it is my understanding the State Ethics Commission is authorized to investigate complaints relating to the potential violation of ethical standards by any state employee. I base my complaint on the following opening paragraph;
The Legislature finds and declares:
(a) In our representative form of government, it is essential that the conduct of public officials and employees shall hold the respect and confidence of the people. Public officials must, therefore, avoid conduct which is in violation of their public trust or which creates a justifiable impression among the public that such trust is being violated.
It has been reported that Governor Corzine has engaged in substantial gift giving with Ms. Carla Katz who has served as lead negotiator for the Communications Workers of America and was employed by the taxpayers of this state both as a member of the P.E.R.C. and is included in the state pension system as a union leader. These relationships, professionally and personally, create a perception of conflict and warrant considerable attention. The taxpayers of New Jersey and the members of CWA deserve to be confident that these negotiations are conducted in a forthright and fair manner. There exists an overwhelming perception that these negotiations may have been compromised by Governor Corzine’s personal relationship with Ms. Carla Katz I leave that determination to the State Ethics commission.
We have heard much discussion about the need to “Return ethics to Trenton” I believe such an effort must start at the highest office. Governor Corzine has the opportunity to set an example for open and accountable government. I urge the State Ethics Commission to conduct a complete and thorough investigation for the benefit of the taxpayers of this great state.
Very truly yours
212 Larch Ave
Bogota NJ 07603