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.
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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- Star-Ledger
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