Christie vetoes NJ Turnpike Authority contracts

(AP) - Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed five professional services contracts recently approved by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

Christie announced his decision Thursday, saying the deals - which totaled nearly $5.1 million - ignored state guidelines for negotiating fair and reasonable fees.

He said the fees ranged from 11.5 percent to 84 percent higher than those proposed by other highly ranked firms competing for the contracts.

Three of the contracts were for supervision of construction services, the others for environmental remediation projects.

Turnpike Authority Executive Director Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said the agency understands the governor's concerns will work closely with his staff to resolvethem.

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