I want to strongly encourage New Jersey lawmakers to reject S.1811, a so-called 'Buy American' bill that would have the ironic effect of harming manufacturing in the United States and costing jobs in New Jersey.
This legislation would carry expensive and burdensome implications for New Jersey taxpayers, workers and businesses. The proposal in question would threaten manufacturers by imposing costly restrictions on their ability to access global supply chains and sell their products to the state of New Jersey at competitive prices. In turn, this proposal would put taxpayers on the hook for higher costs and harm manufacturing businesses and the jobs they support.
While this legislation's supporters might be well-intentioned, the facts are clear: New Jersey's 'Buy American' bill is a net-loser for the Garden State. If New Jersey wants to promote manufacturing jobs in America, the best thing its elected leaders could do is forcefully reject this misguided legislation."
Dennis Slater, president
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
About AEM: The Association of Equipment Manufacturers represents the collective interests of over 900 manufacturers of equipment involved in construction, agriculture, forestry and mining. AEM members have a substantial presence in New Jersey, including 19 facilities, and AEM has conveyed its position in letters to Gov. Christie and legislative leaders.