Government Affairs

capitalACCNJ has a dedicated team of government affairs professionals representing the construction industry in local communities throughout New Jersey, the Statehouse in Trenton and the Capitol in Washington, DC. Our expert lobbyists, some with a history of service in the legislative and executive branches of New Jersey government, others with experience as contractors and union members, enable ACCNJ to be a respected voice for union contractors when discussing issues with governmental leaders.

Public Policy Platform

ACCNJ monitors legislative and regulatory initiatives introduced by the thousands each year to ensure that the interests of the construction community are protected. The Association advocates proactively for specific bills and rules that improve the bidding and regulatory climate for the collective membership. Use this link to view our Public Policy Platform.

Recent Legislative Successes

  • Limiting the naming of subcontractors at the time of bid
  • Establishing a standard procedure to withdraw a bid on a local public works project
  • Reducing contractor risk when required to undertake environmental remediation on a local public works project
  • Assisting Atlantic City in creating economic development projects
  • Holding contracting entities accountable for how alternate bids are selected within local public contracts
  • Assisting NJ employers in averting Unemployment Insurance payroll tax increases
  • Prohibiting the restriction on businesses from competing for contracts in more than one classification and/or prequalification category
  • Allowing bidders to avoid unresponsive bids if they inadvertently omitted business registrations
  • Establishing universal prompt payment requirements for construction contracts
  • Standardizing the period prior to bid for public entities to issue addenda
  • Requiring construction managers on public school facilities projects to be prequalified 
  • Setting tougher penalties for prevailing wage violators
  • Extending the life of certain permits to reduce the consequences of the economic downturn
  • Creating contractor registration with the New Jersey Department of Labor

Current Governmental Initiatives

  • Standardizing retained payment withholdings on public works projects
  • Enhancing safety on State roadway projects
  • Working for a fair solution to COAH’s 2.5% non-residential development impact fee
  • Ensuring public-private partnerships carry public protections
  • Requiring certified cost estimates on public contract bid advertisements
  • Limiting number of bid submission copies to one original, when not electronic
  • Developing a transparent and fair award process for design-build projects
  • Requiring contracting units to credit contractors with interest earned on retained payments
  • Authorizing local governments to engage third parties to perform construction inspections
  • Standardizing bid forms, classification and pre-qualifications among public contracting entities
  • Authorizing price adjustments for exorbitant material escalations on certain contracts
  • Equalizing the bidding process for proprietary items

Liaison with Government & Industry

ACCNJ maintains routine engagement with public agencies, including many of the contracting state departments, as well as New Jersey Transit, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Schools Development Authority, Turnpike Authority, and so on. This open communication guarantees the flow of vital information to and from the ACCNJ membership.  The Association also serves as liaison to relevant associated organizations. These include: Alliance For Action, Innovation New Jersey, New Jersey Society for Environmental Economic Development, Plan Smart New Jersey, Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition, State Transportation Innovation Council, Workforce Investment Board, and others.

Political Action

ACCNJ PAC is a voluntary, nonprofit, unincorporated association without affiliation to any political party, with the sole purpose to protect and promote the construction industry through political action. ACCNJ PAC is how the Association participates in political discourse, and supporting ACCNJ PAC is one of the most powerful ways members can help the industry. To donate, Click this link.

Legal Action

When necessary, ACCNJ engages at the judicial level to preserve the collective rights of members and provide the union contractor perspective on issues before the courts.

Federal Legislative Action

On federal issues, ACCNJ partners with our national organization, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC/A), to augment the voice of the construction industry. The AGC/A Legislative Action Center gives members the ability to become direct advocates, too. Use the AGC of America's Legislative Action Center to reach a member of Congress about the important issues of the day.