By Paul Emanuelli

In its February 2017 decision in Della Pello Paving, Inc. v. New Jersey, the New Jersey Superior Court of Justice – Appellate Division upheld the debarment of a contractor under the state’s “pay-to-play” law. The case dealt with the debarment of a construction contractor for paying $500 (USD) for a political fundraising dinner. The court dismissed the contractor’s “inadvertence” defence since the contractor failed to seek a refund within the thirty days required by the state law. It upheld the debarment for the duration of the current governor’s term and upheld the government’s decision to rescind a $4.2 million (USD) contract that was previously awarded to the contractor.