‘Made in America’ purchasing rules now up to Christie

 Republican lawmakers outline their opposition to the New Jersey

Republican lawmakers outline their opposition to the New Jersey "Made in America" measure. (Phil Gregory/WHYY)

The New Jersey Assembly has given final legislative approval to measures requiring state agencies and public colleges to use materials made in the U.S. in the fulfillment of contracts.


But Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, minority leader, said Republicans believe “Made in America” bills set a dangerous policy and will result in the loss of jobs.

“We can’t afford in an economy that is somewhat fragile in New Jersey to do anything except promote our companies, and some of those are international companies.”

Assemblyman Joe Egan, one of the sponsors of the legislation, said it’s a job creator.

“If across the country there was this movement to buy American, more jobs would be created more people would work, more people would have meaningful wages and a good job,” said Egan, D-Middlesex.

It’s now up to Gov. Chris Christie to decide whether to sign the bills into law.

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