New Rules

Democrat Lisa McCormick said New Jersey citizens should demand new rules governing the conduct of elections to stamp out the prolific corruption and corporate control over the states political and economic systems.

Three components of McCormick's plan include a law requiring politicians to resign to run for higher office, a complete ban on double dipping and term limits on all elected offices.

"We should stop politicians from using one elected office as a stepping stone to another, wasting your tax dollars and failing to do their job. Any elected official should be required to resign if he or she wants to seek election to another job," said McCormick. "A 'Resign to Run Law' can be as simple as saying, 'Any elected public office holder shall resign from that position before being eligible as a candidate for another public office, if the term of the office sought begins before the end of the term of the office held.'"

"Public officials should be barred from holding two or more jobs at taxpayer expense," said McCormick. "Our current political establishment is rife with corruption and conflicted interests because politicians are looking out for themselves instead of us. My ban on double-dipping will allow people to receive payment for only one pension, appointed job or elected office."

"Career politicians have forgotten that public service is an honor and a privilege," said McCormick. "It’s time to stop lifetime tenure by making elections competitive and setting limits on the time anyone can hold an elected position. Term limits work for president and governor, so they should apply to mayors and all other elected offices."

McCormick said she would also forbid elected officials from changing salary unless an election occurs after compensation has been set and establish 'Fair & Clean Elections' to prohibit bribery by providing public financing of candidates



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  • Sally J. Gellert
    commented 2017-11-20 09:19:29 -0500
    I definitely am in favor of the “resign to run” concept; I am less sure about term limits.
    A friend in California, where they have legislative term limits, notes “the only ones with experience are the lobbyists”—that is a concern. It takes time to learn how the system works, to get to know the other legislators, etc. Institutional memory is increased with senior members who can personally remember previous discussions.
    That said, we do need ways to level the playing field for challengers; the incumbent advantage is much too great when a mediocre incumbent faces a dynamic new challenger. I haven’t thought about specifics of what could be done to help challengers—access to some free resources, media time, etc., but that is the direction in which I would like to move.