Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is a partner in a lobbying firm that works for AshBritt, the giant Florida debris-removal company. He’s also a big backer of Gov. Chris Christie.
After Hurricane Sandy, Barbour played matchmaker. Christie quickly hired AshBritt to help clear New Jersey’s storm-ravaged coastline.
Barbour might think that qualifies him to shoot down the criticism of Christie’s AshBritt deal. On the contrary: It renders his critique uniquely ridiculous.
The Star-Ledger’s Jarrett Renshaw has raised questions about the cost of New Jersey’s contract with AshBritt, particularly because some towns spent less by hiring local companies. Christie and Barbour have mostly complained, however, because the newspaper called it a “no-bid” contract. Barbour called it a “non-issue.”