Thomas Kean Jr. on Government Reform
KEAN: No. Negotiation and compromise under the current rules are the best means to success and promotes bipartisan solutions to our nation's challenges.
MENENDEZ: Under Bush, Washington has become too partisan and divided. Senate rules are meant to overcome that by encouraging debate and compromise. They should be preserved.
KEAN: I sponsored legislation to prohibit dual-office holding. It undermines the integrity and honesty of government. Regrettably, Bob Menendez was a dual-office holder.
MENENDEZ: Voters have the final say in who represents them in government. If the electorate votes you into office, that is the will of the electorate.
Kean's last day in the Assembly featured a dramatic standoff with Democratic Assembly Speaker Albio Sires, who blocked a final effort to bring his campaign-finance reform bill up for a vote. In the aftermath, Kean came off as a young crusader, while Sires accused him of grandstanding in preparation for a statewide run. Since then, the reforms Kean was advocating have become mainstream fare, promised by both of this year's candidates for governor.
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