Star Ledger Editor Kevin Whitmer today stood by the paper's reporting on contracts for debris removal in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
Both Gov. Chris Christie and a spokesman took aim at the paper and reporter Jarrett Renshaw today over a series of stories detailing contracts awarded to an out of state company to remove debris from storm ravaged municipalities. In a news conference the governor accused the paper of "shoddy" and "crappy" reporting.
Whitmer defended the coverage.
"We stand behind the stories 100 percent and we'll let our reporting moving forward address the rest," Whitmer said in a brief statement.
Christie took issue with the paper's characterization of the contract as "no-bid," saying the state piggybacked off a Connecticut contract that was bid in 2010.
But in a subsequent story posted after the press conference, the paper cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency manual that called piggybacking "non-competitive."
“Piggyback contracting is a concept of expanding a previously awarded contract. Piggyback contracting does not meet the requirements ... because it is non-competitive and may have an inappropriate price structure,” the manual states, according to the paper.
After weeks of speculation, the direction of the Newark mayoral race may take an important turn today as prominent members of the Payne political family gather at Newark's Robert Treat Hotel at 11:30 a.m.
The campaign of Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries has called a press conference at which both U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-10) and Essex County deputy chief of staff and former state Assemblyman William D. Payne will be present.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Greenstein versus Watson Coleman in Princeton PRINCETON – When Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) Chairman Jim Durbin announced a second ballot runoff tonight and the losers headed for the back of the room, he alerted committee members to the names of the two surviving competitors. But people already...
By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
"The governor has allowed political cronyism to continue and even flourish, rather than stamp it out, with some of his closest confidants enriching themselves through millions of dollars in state contracts, and legal and lobbying fees, an Asbury Park Press review of thousands of pages of campaign, lobbying and contracting documents found."- The Asbury Park Press
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