January 16, 2009

By: Jisha V. Dymond

NJ Supreme Court Finds Ch. 51 Constitutional

Yesterday, the NJ Supreme Court issued a decision in The Matter of the Appeal by Earl Asphalt Company which upheld the constitutionality of Chapter 51 of the Campaign Contributions and Expenditure Reporting Act.  The Court affirmed an Appellate Division decision and found that "the State's interest in insulating the negotiation and award of State contracts from political contributions that pose the risk of improper influence, purchase of access, or the appearance thereof, is a sufficiently important interest to justify a limitation on political contributions."

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