Candidates challenging Lou Magazzu’s political machine this fall are coming out with issues. In today’s The News they broached a subject covered here on occasion – the subject of Lou ignoring local business and awarding contracts to Camden County political donors at higher bids. Let’s see how long it takes for Lou’s slander campaign to kick into high gear, as he avoids the questions.
Stop ignoring local businesses when awarding county contracts
It was recently reported that Cumberland County is being sued by a local contractor for not being awarded a bid to install telephone and data lines in county buildings in spite of the fact that they were the lowest bidder.
This is the exact same situation that was recently reported with respect to bids for engineering work at the proposed new prosecutor’s office in Bridgeton. Again, a local firm was denied the contract in spite of being the lowest bid.
In both instances, after the bidding process was completed, the freeholders had the county re-bid the projects when county businesses were the winners of the bids. Does our Democratically controlled freeholder board understand that the lower the bid, the less taxpayer money is spent? Do they not realize that our county has the worst unemployment rate in the state?
Do the Democrats not understand that when county businesses do well, they hire more workers who spend more money that trickles down to everyone in the county. The Democratic freeholders have historically demonstrated that they are not concerned with creating jobs within the county, but would rather spend our taxpayer money in other counties throughout state. It appears that the Democrats are taking care of their friends, not the taxpayer.
As freeholder candidates, if elected, we would explore the idea of giving county businesses a competitive business advantage of a 2 percent bidding premium that will assist county businesses in obtaining county contracts. This will create county jobs and ensure that our taxpayers’ money stays within Cumberland County. And we will treat the bidders fairly the first time.