Dear Editorial Board Members:
A recently awarded contract by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders raises some serious questions, as outlined in an Asbury Park Press editorial published March 7, 2010, about how we do business with private contractors in this State. That is why I have introduced legislation that would allow contracts to be awarded based on merit as well as price.
A few weeks ago the Monmouth County Freeholders voted to award a $3.5 million contract to Benjamin R. Harvey Co. of Ocean Township to expand the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office. This is the same contractor to receive a $7.77 million county contract in 2007 but left it unfinished and over budget. Harvey Co. was the lowest bidder, and therefore, despite the one vote cast against by Freeholder John P. Curley, received the contract.