No-bid contract for Sandy cleanup draws flak
Asbury Park (N.J.) Press
10:55p.m. EST March 8, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. — The presumed Democratic gubernatorial candidate, kick-starting a high-stakes election year, hit hard Friday at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for awarding of a no-bid contract for Superstorm Sandy cleanup.
At a special legislative hearing Friday, state Sen. Barbara Buono and fellow Democrats claimed cronyism drove up recovery costs, while Republican lawmakers defended both Christie’s decision and the performance of the company that was awarded the contract, AshBritt Inc.
The contract with AshBritt for debris removal has so far cost local governments in New Jersey $125 million.