New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project: Salem County Political Party Bylaws posted on-line
A relatively new law (N.J.S.A. 19:5-3.2), which became effective on October 2, 2009, requires each County Committee of the Democratic and Republican parties to make their constitutions and bylaws available to the public. Specifically, the law a) requires each county board of elections to post the parties' constitutions and bylaws on its site if it has one; and b) requires each county committee to post its constitution and bylaws on its site, if it has one.
When the law was enacted, it received praise from both Democrats and Republicans. Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein said that the law "is a crucial step toward more accountability and transparency at every government level." And, Republican Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk said that the new law "goes a long way in ending the era of ‘top-down' political party rule." (Source: New Jersey Newsroom, "Corzine signs legislation changing how county political organizations are governed," by Tom Hester, Sr., October 2, 2009.)
Yet, even though the law has been in effect for nearly eight months, the Salem County Board of Elections (http://www.salemcountynj.gov/cmssite/default.asp?contentID=731) and the county's Republican Committee (http://www.salemcountygop.org/) have thus far failed to post the constitutions and bylaws as of this writing (May 27, 2010). The Salem County Democratic Committee (http://www.salemcountynjdemocrats.org), however, has made the required posting.
As a service to the public, the New Jersey Libertarian Party has submitted an OPRA request to Salem County, obtained the constitutions and bylaws for both of the older parties and placed them on-line here. Also, even though not required by law to do so, the New Jersey Libertarian Party has its own bylaws on its web site here. http://njlp.org/
John Paff, Chairman
New Jersey Libertarian Party's
Open Government Advocacy Project
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