Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Parsippany) says a recent Gannett New Jersey report that 40% of tax dollars spent by government contracts were approved without formal competitive bids shows that Gov. Jon Corzine’s 2005 campaign pledge to reform no-bid contracts is a sham.
“No bid contracts are an open invitation to pay-to-play, something Corzine pretends to care about but has done nothing to stop permanently in all its incarnations and at every level of government,” said DeCroce. “No-bid contracts imply secrecy. Open competitive bidding is the most honest and transparent way to award government contracts. In a state that is a poster child for corruption, it is also the only way to both regain the public’s trust and wisely spend tax dollars at a time when so many people are struggling financially?"
DeCroce also criticized two New Jersey Democrats who have sponsored legislation to reform the current process used to award federal monitor contracts in deferred prosecution agreements.
“Isn’t it strange that Corzine and his former colleagues in Washington – Congressmen Frank Pallone and Bill Pascrell – love to talk reform and total transparency in government but are invisible when it comes to cleaning up the corrupt mess in their own back yards.
Some Republicans, including DeCroce, say their bill is a politically motivated bid by Democrats to hamper his preferred candidate for Governor, former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie.