The Jersey City City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on a redevelopment pay-to-play ordinance preventing developers from making campaign contributions while in negotiations to be a designated developer for a project. Any developer found in violation of the ordinance would be barred for doing development in the city for four years.
The ordinance, introduced by City Councilman Steven Fulop, was introduced at the Aug. 12 council meeting but there have much discussion in recent weeks. This includes Tuesday's council caucus, where council members and the city's corporation counsel, Bill Matsikoudis, debated with Fulop over "vague" and questionable aspects in the ordinance.
That led to changes such as taking out a clause allowing private citizens to sue developers and others in violation of the ordianance, and putting in a time structure for developers not donating to a campaign three months prior to putting in an application to be a developer on a project.
The council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at City Hall, 280 Grove St. However, there is a rally organized by Fulop for 5:30 p.m. in front of City Hall to drum up public support for the ordinance. - RK