The last couple of months Rabble Rouser Media has been digging into a group called NJ-RAMP and it’s unregistered/registered/unregistered lobbyist, and soon to be former Mayor, Stephen Reid. Our focus thus far has primarily been on Mayor Reid, but in one of our last installments on this group we mentioned Grace Hanlon, who registered on behalf of SAM Action to “Provide information to SAM Action on the news and legal processes in New Jersey. Work with New Jersey Responsible Approaches to Marijuana in activating grassroots supporters in opposition to marijuana legalization issues.”. We were told by a reputable source who interviewed Reid that Hanlon was the one who recruited him to work for NJ-RAMP, but who recruited Hanlon?
Hanlon, who sits on the board of Oaks Integrated Care, also just happens to be the Vice Chair for the Board of Trustees at Behavioral Health Group where the CEO is none other than former Assembly Person, Mary Pat Angelini. In one of our last installments we reported that NJ-RAMP was not a registered entity in NJ, Federally or in VA, where SAM Action is registered, so who was it that Stephen Reid was lobbying on behalf of? After further investigation we found them in the place where many corporations go to hide, Delaware.
On the founding documents, which were filed on 11/6/2017, the President and sole incorporator is listed as none other than the anti-cannabis crusading former Assembly Person, Mary Pat Angelini. The other two people listed on the financial documents are Joseph Williams and Robert Zlotnick, both of whom also work in the rehabilitation industry.
If you go to NJ-RAMP’s website you will see that the “founders” are listed as Patrick Kennedy and Kevin Sabet, and not Mary Pat, who is listed as an “advisor”, when in fact she is the one who founded the group and neither Sabet or Kennedy are on the financial statements or the founding documents. So why hide the fact she is the founder?
Maybe it has something to do with N.J.S.A. 52:13D-17, which provides:
“No State officer or employee or special State officer or employee, subsequent to the termination of his office or employment in any State agency, shall represent, appear for, negotiate on behalf of, or provide information not generally available to members of the public or services to, or agree to represent, appear for, negotiate on behalf of, or provide information not generally available to members of the public or services to, whether by himself or through any partnership, firm or corporation in which he has an interest or through any partner, officer or employee thereof, any person or party other than the State in connection with any cause, proceeding, application or other matter with respect to which such State officer or employee or special State officer or employee shall have made any investigation, rendered any ruling, given any opinion, or been otherwise substantially and directly involved at any time during the course of his office or employment.”
Mary Pat Angelini was heavily involved in stopping any cannabis legislation while in office, so her heading a group that is lobbying local towns and the state to ban dispensaries is a clear ethics violation and it is actually an offense that could get her some jail time…but I am guessing she will just get court ordered rehab just like the thousands of cannabis users who, if cannabis is legalized, will no longer get busted and sent by a court order to places like the one Mary Pat and the rest of the NJ-RAMP crew work for. Hmmm?