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Recovery Commission members won’t file financial disclosures

Panel subject to ethics rules for special state officers

By Nikita Biryukov, May 04 2020 4:07 pm

Members of Gov. Phil Murphy’s Restart and Recovery Commission won’t have to file financial disclosures, though they’ll have to abide by ethics rules laid out for “special state officers.”

“Because it’s an ad hoc commission that was created by the governor, the commission members are serving in their personal capacities. They’re not subject to the state ethics disclosure laws,” Murphy chief counsel Matt Platkin said. “There’s a long history of this.”

The ethics rules for special state officers bar the commission’s members from representing any party other than the state of New Jersey before the commission, obtaining no-bid contracts and presiding over cases in which they have a personal stake.

“They will follow recusal policies that we have with respect to their own personal conflicts,” Platkin said.

Because the Recovery Commission is an advisory panel, its meetings will not be open to the public.

It held its first meeting behind closed doors Monday Morning.

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