Readington Township declined to give Don Baldwin approximately 175 e-mails that Readington Township officials had exchanged with a public relations firm in advance of a $22 million referendum to buy land and development rights for an airport.
Mr. Baldwin appealed this denial to the New Jersey Government Records Council–a state government agency that citizens can turn to when they’ve been stonewalled on open records requests. They’ve agreed to look at the 175 e-mails that are being withheld to see if the e-mails ought to be released to the public, or kept secret, as Readington Township officials prefer.
Mr. Baldwin says:
“I think transparency on this type of issue is really at the core because it involves spending public funds on a public relations firm.”
“I think (the Government Records Council) will find that these are not privileged documents.”
We hope so.
Earlier articles about Mr. Baldwin’s search and related issues: