Municipal Rehabilitation and Economic Recovery Act
The Municipal Rehabilitation and Economic Recovery Act (MRERA) restructured Camden's governance and created a five-year recovery period in which the City would be run by a Chief Operating Officer. The initial legislation was enacted in July 2002. Following several lawsuits, MRERA was amended in December 2002. MRERA also included $175 million in funds for capital projects to be administered by a State Economic Recovery Board.2010 Amendments to MRERA
On January 18th, 2010, Gov. Corzine signed the "Camden Freedom Act" ending the state takeover and returning authority to local control. With the amendments to the legislation, the role of Chief Operating OFficer came to an end.2010 Amendment Documents
***************************************Previous MRERA Legislation and Information
2007 Extension of MRERA
On June 21, 2007, the State Legislature approved legislation (Bill A4129) that would extend state oversight and the term of the Chief Operating Officer, but not provide additional funding for projects in Camden. However, the City would continue to receive special state aid to balance its operating budget. According to the Assembly Budget Committee:
On September 16, 2007, Governor Corzine signed this legislation extending MRERA, and the Governor appointed Judge Theodore Davis as the permanent COO.
<A4129> Reported by Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee, June 14, 2007. Reported out of Assembly Budget Committee, 2nd Reading, June 18, 2007. S3006 was substituted for A4129 on June 21, 2007. S3006 was approved by the NJ Senate, 34-1, and by the Assembly, 53-25-1. The Bill was signed by Governor Corzine on September 16, 2007.
Note: This is an unofficial listing of the legislation that is intended for use as a community resource. Please refer to the State of New Jersey website for an official version of current statutes (see C.52:27BBB) .
Joint Assembly Housing and Local Government and Senate Community and Urban Affairs Hearing
January 30, 2007
This hearing was required under the Municipal Rehabilitation and Economic Recovery Act (MRERA) in response to the Progress Report submitted in December 2006 by the former Chief Operating Officer, Randy Primas.
Hearing Transcript from NJ Legislature - includes comments of Mayor Faison and former COO Randy Primas and legislative questioning of these individuals. Does not include written testimony submitted to the Legislature by CAMConnect and others (Posted 3/1/07)
The numbers below represent the approximate time on the audio file that each of these individuals began speaking. Where written testimony is available from these individuals, a link is included.
0:05:00 - Gwendolyn Faison, Mayor of Camden
0:09:55 - Randy Primas, former Chief Operating Officer
0:35:30 - Questions from the committee for Randy Primas
1:42:00 - Roger Dennis, Rutgers-Camden
1:57:30 - Peter O'Connor, Fair Share Housing Development, Inc.
2:11:10 - Louis Bezich, Higher Education and Healthcare Taskforce
2:30:00 - John Sheridan, Cooper University Hospital
2:44:30 - Raymond Yannuzzi, Camden County College
2:58:20 - Liza Nolan, Camden Community Development Association
3:05:15 - Howard Gillette, professor and author, Camden After the Fall
3:13:00 - Anthony Perno, Coopers Ferry Development Association
3:31:30 - Sean M. Brown
3:39:55 - Morris Smith, representing South Jersey Port Corporation
4:02:15 - Frank Fulbrook
4:17:00 - Mark Lonetto, CCMUA
4:18:50 - Scot McCray
4:24:50 - Roy Jones
Submitted written testimony but did not attend hearing:
Derek Ziegler, CAMConnect
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