GREENSTEIN TO CALL ASSEMBLY JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING ON U.S. SUPREME COURT’S CAMPAIGN FINANCE RULING

(PLAINSBORO) – Assembly Judiciary Chairwoman Linda Greenstein on Wednesday announced she plans to call a committee hearing on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent campaign finance ruling.

“This ruling could have far-reaching impacts on our efforts here in New Jersey to keep money out of politics,” said Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer). “We’ve devoted a lot of time and effort to finding ways to reduce the role of special interests in elections, but I’m concerned that both that work and the public interest are now at risk.”

Greenstein said she will set a date for a hearing after the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services completes an analysis of the ruling. The analysis was requested last week by Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex) and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester).

Greenstein, long an advocate for campaign finance reform, said she plans to hear from campaign finance reform and legal experts on how the ruling will influence New Jersey law.
“I’m worried about the direction of this ruling and its potentially devastating impact on campaign finance reform efforts,” Greenstein said. “We still have work to do to reduce the role of money in politics, yet here we have the U.S. Supreme Court issuing a ruling that could give even more influence to powerful lobbyists. My hope is that this hearing will be a bipartisan look ahead at how we will be handling campaign finance reform in our state in this ruling’s wake.”

The date of the hearing and other details will be announced shortly.

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