Christie on offensive against critics of AshBritt pact
Credit: Tim Larsen, Governor's Office
By Minhaj Hassan | February 5th, 2013 - 1:23pm
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UNION BEACH - Gov. Chris Christie slammed the recent Star-Ledger stories focusing on the AshBritt debris removal contract, dismissing it as "shoddy, crappy journalism."

He said it's inaccurate to call it a no-bid contract, saying the agreement is based on a similar one that Connecticut did.

Christie also called Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Barbara Buono “ill-informed” for calling the AshBritt contract a no-bid contract.

He pointed out that Senate President Steve Sweeney corrected himself when he initially called it a no-bid contract.

The AshBritt contract in New Jersey requires it to remove debris from waterways, among other things.

States can access contracts that were bid by other states through government cooperative agreements. In the case of Ashbritt, Connecticut bid on the contract last year.

Christie added that municipalities were not forced to use AshBritt if they felt they get could a better, less costly deal.

Christie said that Ashbritt's experience in handling paperwork, espeically on reimbursements from the federal government, is a skill that other contractors may not have, which could leave towns vulnerable.

"If you don't make the request right, you'll not get reimbursed," he said. "All we're doing is providing a service." 

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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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