. . . is what the Trenton Times calls McGreevey this morning, pointing out he’s “had one epiphany after another in the waning days of his self-curtailed term”, which has led to the executive order, (short-lived as the order is)
Effective Oct. 15, the order bars vendors seeking state contracts of more than $17,500 from giving money to candidates for governor or to state or county party committees beginning 18 months before contract negotiations start and extending through the life of the contract. It goes well beyond the loophole-filled bill that the governor signed into law in June, which applies only to no-bid contracts, doesn’t bar contributions by state contractors to county parties and doesn’t take effect until 2006.
But the executive order leaves numerous gaps. It doesn’t prevent businesses from giving to the campaigns of county or municipal officials who award contracts at those levels. It doesn’t restrict contributions to legislators or to their leadership political action committees. It applies only to individuals who own or control more than 10 percent of a company or partnership, meaning that a big law firm could still influence a contract award by bundling donations from employees with smaller equity. It doesn’t cover the “wheeling” of funds from one county to another during general elections. It doesn’t undo the damage done by the June law, which in 2006 will pre-empt strong pay-to-play ordinances enacted by individual municipalities such as Hamilton, West Windsor and Hopewell townships.
The article points out that after McG’s epiphanies, he “has begun acting like the governor many New Jerseyans had thought they elected three years ago before discovering, to their disappointment, that he was just another stereotypical New Jersey pol.”
McGreevey’s epiphanies have also led him to quote scripture and resort to prayer, too, making some of us think of all of this being part of his apology tour, as Roberto named it. John, on the other hand, is slightly less skeptical.