This whistleblower lawyer blog reported earlier that the New Jersey Assembly had passed the New Jersey False Claims Act, which provides incentives to whistleblowers (“relators”) to expose fraud affecting state funds–much like the federal False Claims Act does.
Governor Jon Corzine signed the new bill into law yesterday, which makes New Jersey the 20th state to enact a state False Claims Act with qui tam whistleblower provisions similar to those of the federal False Claims Act. (Click here for a detailed explanation of the False Claims Act and why states are passing their own False Claims Acts.)
New Jersey’s citizens should be proud that their taxpayer dollars have the additional protection of the new statute. Congratulations to all who accomplished this result!