As part of a continuing trend of New Jersey municipalities adopting local pay-to-play laws, Jersey City, NJ, has enacted an ordinance that “restricts city vendors that win no-bid contracts from donating more than $200 to the campaigns of school-board candidates and to some state Senate and Assembly candidates.”  According to, the ordinance also restricts contributions to local political action committees, advertising for municipal candidates, and participation in voter-registration and get out the vote drives.  Supporters claim that the ordinance is the strictest in New Jersey.  It  was closely contested, passing 5-4.  A competing, less strict pay-to-play law was tabled 6-3.

Jersey City is yet another reminder that pay-to-play laws are in constant flux.  Government contractors should make sure that any contemplated contribution complies with current law.