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Zwicker confident dark money cleanup gets done

Sweeney showing resistant to the issue

By Nikita Biryukov, June 20 2019 12:04 pm

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker is holding out hope for a dark money cleanup bill.

When Gov. Phil Murphy signed the dark money disclosure bill sponsored by Zwicker and State Sen. Troy Singleton last week, he said he did so because he’d been assured by legislative leaders that a cleanup bill would follow.

But, one such bill, sponsored by Zwicker, was pulled from the Assembly Appropriations Committee’s schedule on Tuesday.

“Negotiations are continuing, and I remain confident that we will get everyone on board and get it done,” Zwicker said. “We’re still talking, and I don’t see any reason why we won’t get Senate, Assembly and the front office all in tune.”

Though Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin has publicly said he, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Murphy had reached a deal over a cleanup bill, Sweeney denies that any such deal exists and has shown increasingly-public resistance to such a measure.

Murphy initially vetoed the dark money bill but later signed an identical copy of the bill in order to avoid a veto override.

At the moment, Sweeney’s maintaining he won’t post a cleanup bill for a vote in the upper chamber until after the law goes into effect.

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