Category: Public Contracts

Minimum Bid Threshold Increased on July 1

NJ Minimum Bid Threshold Increased on July 1

The Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) in the Department of Community Affairs recently announced several bid threshold adjustments that will impact New Jersey municipality’s award of public contracts. Unless certain exceptions apply, all contracts for the procurement of goods or services by municipalities that in the aggregate exceed the

Court Finds Atlantic County Contract Violated Pay-to-Play Ordinance

Court Finds Atlantic County Contract Violated Pay-to-Play Ordinance

In Schroeder v. County of Atlantic, a New Jersey court addressed the applicability of a local pay-to-play ordinance where the contributions in question were made to the State campaign rather than the county campaign of a current holder of county public office. The decision provides useful guidance to New Jersey

NJ Court Rules Contractors Must Disclose Subsequent Bids If They Impact Aggregate Rating

NJ Court Rules Contractors Must Disclose Subsequent Bids If They Impact Aggregate Rating

In Dobco, Inc. v. Brockwell & Carrington Contractors, Inc., the New Jersey Superior Court recently considered whether a bidder who has been adjudicated the low bidder on a particular contract must disclose as much in subsequent bid submissions if the combination of such projects would cause it to exceed its

New Jersey Court Clarifies Veteran Property Tax Exemption

“Buy American” Legislation Clears New Jersey Assembly Committee

New Jersey lawmakers are currently considering legislation that would expand requirements that public agencies use goods made in the United States for public contracts. While the intent of the proposed law is certainly commendable, it would impose a number of new requirements on New Jersey municipalities. Assembly Bill No. 3059

NJ Supreme Court Rules Agency Properly Awarded Contract to Lowest Bidder

The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently ruled that the New Jersey Division of Property Management and Construction (Division) acted properly when it awarded a contract for the lease of office space to the lowest bidder. The state’s highest court also concluded that the Director of the Division correctly determined

Assembly Advances Municipal Funding Restitution Bill

Gov. Christie Signs Bill Extending Arbitration Interest Cap

On June 24, 2014, Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill that extends the cap on how much compensation arbitrators can award police and firefighters who have reached a contract negotiation impasse with their local municipalities. The law (A-3424) took effect immediately and is retroactive to April 2, 2014. Under existing

Check Your Math: NJ Tax Court Rules Plaintiffs Not Entitled to Refund of Overpaid Municipal Parking Taxes

Check Your Math: NJ Tax Court Rules Plaintiffs Not Entitled to Refund of Overpaid Municipal Parking Taxes

In Propark America New York, L.L.C. et al v. City of Hoboken, the Tax Court of New Jersey ruled that the operator of public parking garage was not entitled to a refund of overpaid municipal parking taxes paid to the City of Hoboken. The court reasoned that in the absence

Bill Would Eliminate Five Percent Down Payment for Bond Ordinances

New Jersey Public Bidding Laws Do Not Allow Unsuccessful Bidder to Seek Damages from Public Contract Recipient

While unsuccessful bidders may challenge a bid rejection, no cause of action exists for damages by an unsuccessful bidder against the bidder who was awarded the contract, according to a recent decision by the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court. The Facts of the Case In Brockwell &