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Insurer political contributions have surfaced as an issue in the New Jersey governor’s race, with Democrats attacking Republican standard-bearer Douglas R. Forrester for his ownership of a Washington, D.C.-based captive insurer.

At issue are a variety of state laws, including Section 34-2a of the state’s election statutes, part of the criminal law, which outlaws contributions by insurance corporations. The measure was enacted in 1911 when a slew of reform bills were passed to halt the influence of election spending by a variety of industries.

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