Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) reacted with dismay on Thursday to Gov. Chris Christie’s vetoes of a series of bills(S-1811/S-2045/S-2048/S-2061/S-2062) that would require the use of American-made products when public funds are used by state and bi-state entities.
“This is a lost opportunity to help create jobs and to support domestic businesses,” said Sweeney. “The ‘Made In America’ bills are more than an expression of economic patriotism, they could have been an effective way of boosting the state’s economy.
“The recovery in New Jersey has lagged behind other states so we should be doing all we can to generate economic growth and to promote economic opportunity,” the senate president added. “We have the best workers who make the best products but they deserve a fair chance to compete. I believe that we have an obligation to use public funds in ways that help American workers and businesses.”