NJ Politics Digest: Fulop Aides Allegedly Tried to Steer City Bid

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images

Top aides to Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop tried to steer a city contract to an energy consulting company in 2014 and were accidentally recorded talking about their effort to rig the bid, two city workers claimed in depositions, according to reports.

The depositions, first reported by Politico, were included in a lawsuit seeking to force the city to turn over the recording that was inadvertently left in the voicemail of the city’s business administrator. The city workers claim Fulop heard the recording but didn’t take disciplinary action. Fulop responded on Twitter Thursday and said the city took the allegations “seriously,” cancelled the bid and “reported 2 authorities.”

Gov. Chris Christie and legislative leaders plan to offer up to $5 billion in tax breaks to Amazon if it builds its second headquarters in New Jersey. Top Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature agreed to pass a bill expanding a controversial program that’s awarded more than $8 billion in economic subsidies since 2010.

And former Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) testified in the corruption trial of Sen. Bob Menendez. Harkin said he took a meeting with Melgen, the wealthy Florida eye doctor accused of bribing Menendez, but said he never followed up on a Medicare billing issue Melgen was facing.

Quote of the Day: “I never worked for Good Energy, bad energy, solar energy, don’t use energy drinks and having turned 60 yesterday I have little energy for this nonsense.” — Tom Bertoli, a former Fulop political operative, on his name showing up in depositions claiming top city officials tried to steer a contract to Good Energy.

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NJ Politics Digest: Fulop Aides Allegedly Tried to Steer City Bid