AMODEO: NEW JERSEY?S STIMULUS SHARE SHOULD KEEP NEW JERSEYANS WORKING

GOVERNOR CORZINE?S ADMINISTRATION MAY HIRE OUT-OF-STATE CONTRACTORS FOR ECONOMIC STIMULUS PROJECTS

Work funded by New Jersey?s share of federal stimulus funds should go to local vendors, not sent out-of-state, as suggested Thursday by Transportation Commissioner Stephen Dilts.

?Money is being sent from Washington to help states with their economies and job loss,? Assemblyman John Amodeo, R-Atlantic, said. ?New Jersey?s unemployment stands at 7.3 percent and we cannot afford to lose more jobs to out-of-state firms paid with our stimulus money.?

Amodeo, a member of the Assembly Transportation committee, cosponsors a bill introduced by Assemblymen Brian E. Rumpf and Daniel Van Pelt, both R-Ocean, Atlantic and Burlington, that would require state government to give preferences to qualified New Jersey businesses when bidding for projects deemed economic necessities.

?New Jersey has never before faced a time of such economic necessity,? Amodeo said. ?If Governor Corzine were serious about keeping people working and businesses in New Jersey he would take common-sense steps, such as hiring New Jersey vendors, instead of raising the tax to fund unemployment and finding new ways to worsen the state?s stifling property-tax system.?

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