New Jersey inaugural fundraising

How are inaugurations of new governors funded in a state with some of the toughest pay to play rules?  That’s the topic of this article.

Because of a quirk in state law, it’s up to Christie to decide whether to use the same rules that are in New Jersey’s pay-to-play law, which bars big-money donors from getting state contracts.

Christie spokeswoman Maria Comella said yesterday the governor-elect and his advisers are weighing whether to voluntarily follow the pay-to-play limits.

“We haven’t made a final decision as to how we’re going to proceed, but it is our intent to donate a large portion of the proceeds to charity,” Comella said. “The inauguration will have an appropriate tone, considering the challenges the state’s currently facing.”

The Republican’s inaugural ceremony and celebration in January will be the first since New Jersey imposed some of the strictest campaign finance limits in the country after a series of controversies involving donors and contracts.

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