TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Shirley K. Turner (D – Mercer, Hunterdon) that would permanently disqualify public contractors from future bidding opportunities if they have been convicted of fraudulent activity involving any previously awarded public contract has cleared the Senate.
“We should not be allowing taxpayer dollars to go towards those who have already defrauded the residents of New Jersey,” said Turner. “When you do government work, a certain level of trust is given to you. Once that trust is broken, it should not be reinstated on a whim. If public employees cannot work for government when they betray the public trust, the same rule should apply to private contractors.”