Author: Christine M. Vanek

New Jersey government procurement

New Jersey Municipality Takes Novel Approach to Panhandling

Middle Township in New Jersey recently made national headlines for passing an ordinance designed to crackdown on “aggressive” panhandling. The ordinance requires beggars to obtain a free permit and restricts the areas in which they can solicit money. According to local officials, Middle Township adopted the new law after receiving

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NJ Court Rules Municipal Clerk’s Referendum Rejection Violated Faulkner Act

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently found that the clerk of the City of Hoboken failed to comply with Optional Municipal Charter Law, commonly known as the Faulkner Act, when refusing to file a referendum petition submitted by a committee of citizens.  The case, Tumpson v. Farina, provides a great

NJ Lawmakers Seek to Cap Sick Leave Payments to Municipal Retirees

Mandatory Direct Deposit For State and Municipal Employees Becomes Law in New Jersey

Gov. Chris Christie recently signed a bill into law that will make direct deposit mandatory for many state and municipal employees. Under P.L. 2013, c.28, direct deposit will be required for all State employee compensation on and after July 1, 2014. New Jersey’s direct deposit law also allows county, county

Court Upholds New Jersey Municipality’s Suspension of Liquor License

Liquor licenses have the potential to cause legal headaches for municipalities and liquor licensees’ alike. In Polish People’s Home, Inc. v. Municipal Board Of Alcoholic Beverage Control Of The City Of Passaic, the Appellate Division clarified when a liquor license can be suspended for failing to operate the licensee’s establishment

New Jersey Appeals Court Finds Decision to Demolish Rests With Fire Chief

The Appellate Division recently considered whether a business owner was entitled to notice before the City of Bridgeton’s fire chief ordered its fire-damaged building to be demolished. The court found that the fire chief had the sole authority to direct operations at the fire scene and acted within his statutory