TRENTON – The Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee released a bill today, S252, that would give preference to local and environmentally responsible businesses for various state contracts.
New committee member, Sen. Sam Thompson (R-12) of Old Bridge, questioned why businesses have to be located within a 50-mile radius of the state, and said that businesses statewide should be considered.
However, Frank J. Parisi, of the Office of Legislative Services, explained that it was intended to avoid “retaliation” from businesses located in Pennsylvania and New York.
Thompson abstained from voting, while Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego, (R-8), of Evesham, voted no.
After the hearing, she said she feared the program could be too costly.
Still, the Democrats, Jim Whelan, Shirley Turner and Barbara Buono voted to release it.
The bill is sponsored by Sen. Bob Gordon, (D-38), Fair Lawn.