NJ spending on lobbyists is up slightly

    Spending on lobbying in New Jersey is up, but not by much.

    Spending on lobbying in New Jersey is up, but not by much. [audio:100310PGLOBBY.mp3]

    Total spending by lobbyists in the Garden State last year rose to a record $56-million. Election Law Enforcement Commission Executive Director Jeff Brindle says that’s 1% higher than the previous year.

    Brindle: We attribute the small increase to economic conditions: the economic downturn that has taken place over the last couple of years. Lobbying is an industry, and just like all other industries, the economy does affect it.

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    Brindle says spending by lobbyists for such things as meals and trips for public officials dropped 56%. He says that’s because officials are more sensitive to public concerns about accepting gifts, and they want to avoid even the appearance of being influenced.

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