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CJ Griffin Quoted in USA TODAY Editorial Urging Revisions to OPRA to Address Delays in Responses to Routine Records Requests


CJ Griffin, Director of the Justice Gary S. Stein Public Interest Center at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, was quoted in an opinion by the USA TODAY Network Atlantic Group Editorial Board, “Our view: OPRA delays must end – New Jersey deserves transparent government.” The editorial urges revisions to the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) to address delays in response to routine records request and discusses how COVID-19 has proven an able cloak, covering pledges of transparent government in this year of the pandemic.

C.J. Griffin, an attorney who has represented the USA TODAY Network, said the pattern of lacking transparency impacts public trust. 

“There becomes a point where you can see how someone who is less trusting of government, who is less trusting of science” will become even more skeptical, Griffin told [state house correspondent Dustin] Racioppi. “There’s a better way of doing things that would help people be better assured and comforted and have more trust in government."

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