What's wrong with the new [pay-to-play] bill, which Codey has vowed to sign into law? The New York Post
For one thing, it only bans pay-to-play at the state level. That leaves plenty of well-paying county and municipal contracts up for grabs — and Codey has shown no interest in extending the ban.
It also doesn't address the process known as "wheeling," in which contractors launder their donations by making them to local committees — which then transfer them, without restrictions, to county and statewide parties.
Nor does it affect subcontractors, who are free to get work after making contributions on any level. Some "reform."
To their credit, Senate Republicans tried to hold up the bill, noting its significant flaws and loopholes. In the end, though, they ended up supporting it, even while holding their noses.
The danger now is that Codey & Co. will rest on their laurels, claiming they've done their part to clean up Garden State political sleaze. Par for the course, across the Hudson.