Gubernatorial candidate and State Senator Barbara Buono released the following statement:
“For more than a week now, Governor Christie has defended the bid process that ended with an out of state, politically connected, Florida-based firm cleaning up debris caused by Hurricane Sandy. He has vigorously defended the selection method, the extraordinary cost of the firm, and the suspect donations that have created concerns as to whether the Governor is skirting New Jersey’s pay-to-play law. Despite Governor Christie repeatedly going out of his way to downplay the costs, the Asbury Park Press confirmed that AshBritt expects to bill the full contract of $100 million.
“Regardless of the numerous questions stemming from news reports, Governor Christie expects New Jerseyans to simply trust that he is prudently spending their money. But if the Governor has nothing to hide, then why does he continue to leave us in the dark? With new contracts being signed every day, we need a transparent government now more than ever. I again call on the Governor to release all records and communications surrounding the decisions that led to AshBritt Inc. cleaning up our state.”