27:1A-84 Purchases, contracts, agreements may be made without public advertisement, certain circumstances.
10.Purchases, contracts or agreements over $25,000 for dredging and dredging related projects may be made, negotiated, or awarded by the office without public advertisement as provided for in subsections a., b. and c. of this section.
a.Any purchase, contract, or agreement, where the cost or contract price exceeds the amount set forth in subsection a. of section 16 of P.L.1998, c.44 (C.52:27C-76), or, after January 1, 2003, the amount calculated by the Governor pursuant to subsection b. of section 16 of P.L.1998, c.44 (C.52:27C-76) may be made, negotiated, or awarded by the office without advertisement for bids under the following circumstances:
(1)When the subject matter consists of:
The purchase, rental, or lease of such office space, office machinery, specialized equipment, buildings or real property as may be necessary for the use, or incidental to the performance of the office's duties and the exercise of its powers under this act; or
(2)When any one or more of the following circumstances exist:
(a)Standardization of equipment and interchangeability of parts is in the public interest;
(b)Only one source of supply or service is available;
(c)The exigency of the office's duties and responsibilities will not admit of advertisement;
(d)More favorable terms can be obtained from a primary source of supply of an item or service;
(e)Bid prices, after advertising, are not reasonable or have not been independently arrived at in open competition, but no negotiated purchase, contract, or agreement may be entered into under this subsection after the rejection of all bids received unless: (i) notification of the intention to negotiate and reasonable opportunity to negotiate is given to each responsible bidder; (ii) the negotiated price is lower than the lowest rejected bid price of a responsible bidder; and (iii) the negotiated price is the lowest negotiated price offered by any responsible bidder;
(f)The purchase is to be made from, or the contract is to be made with, any federal or State government agency or other entity, or any political subdivision thereof; or
(g)Purchases are made through or by the Director of the Division of Purchase and Property, in the Department of the Treasury, pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1959, c.40 (C.52:27B-56.1).
b.In any such instances as identified in subsection a. of this section, the office may make, negotiate, or award the purchase, contract or agreement in any manner which the office deems necessary to serve its unique interests and purposes and which promotes, whenever practicable, full and free competition by the acceptance of quotations or proposals or by the use of other suitable methods.
c.In any case in which the office shall make, negotiate, or award a purchase, contract, or agreement without public advertisement pursuant to subsection a. of this section, the office shall specify the subject matter or circumstances set forth in subsection a. which permit the office to take such action.
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