August 20, 2013
Re: Governor vetoes bill establishing county-wide purchasing system for food and custodial services
The Governor vetoed S-1191/A-2974, which would permit Camden, Gloucester, Middlesex, Passaic and Union counties to established a countywide purchasing system for providing custodial services and/or food services to school districts within their county. Every local school district within the county that uses a private contractor for custodial services and/or food services would be mandated to participate in the county-wide contract. In his veto message the Governor noted that S-1191/A-2974 usurps local control in favor of a more restrictive county-wide experiment that would conflict with federal law. In addition, the current system provides districts with the flexibility to jointly purchase services as a means to reduce costs and share services.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.