New Jersey loses bid to get highway construction funds from feds

The state of New Jersey lost its court bid Friday to try and get the U.S. Highway Administration to give the state millions of dollars in highway construction funds it was promised.

The federal government is holding up the funds because they say New Jersey?s ban on pay-to-play violates federal law. Acting Governor Dick Codey (D-NJ) and other officials are conetemplating further legal action.

Officials for the Highway Administration say the executive order unduly restricts the competitive bidding process for road projects paid for with federal funds. The New Jersey attorney general says the government has yet to explain in writing how the executive order conflicts with federal law.

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