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Bill prohibiting public contracts for those banned from federal contracts heads to governor’s desk

Under a bill passed by the Assembly Monday, a person debarred from contracting with the federal government will be prohibited from contracting for any public work in New Jersey. The bill, which was sponsored by Assemblymen Hal Wirths and Parker Space, now goes to the governor for his consideration.
 
“We can’t have people barred from federal contracts for crimes like fraud, embezzlement, theft, bribery and tax evasion win generous public contracts here in New Jersey,” said Wirths (R-Sussex). “This is commonsense legislation that protects taxpayer funds.”
 
Prior to receiving a contract, a person must provide written certification that they have not been banned from receiving federal contracts. The contracting agency must verify this certification by checking the federal System for Award Management.
 
“This bill stops the bad actors from getting contracts funded by taxpayer dollars,” said Space (R-Sussex.). “Government needs to keep the trust of the public who rely on the important infrastructure projects funded by these contracts.”
 
The Senate version of the bill, sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho, passed in January 2019.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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