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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"It's incredible, it's a dream. I would never have imagined that I would be running for mayor, but to have Ken Gibson say that, I didn't expect it. Having Ken Gibson on my side is the ultimate reference check. It's the ultimate in street credibility. Mr. Gibson said it, when he was running for mayor, people said that they weren't ready, but Mr. Gibson said 'ready or not, here I come.' I think that's apropos for my campaign. Newark is ready for this." Newark Mayoral candidate Ras Baraka- PolitickerNJ.com
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