As I discussed previously, the state of New Jersey has been looking to bring a private immigration detention center online for a few months now. After the initial proposal was announced, it was discovered that the state has basically rigged the bidding process in favor of one single company that has strong relationships with many influential NJ politicians, including governor Christie. The company, Education and Health Centers of America, is affiliated with a larger private prison company, CEC, which has a terrible track record both within the state and outside it.
So after the plan was protested by advocates because of the obvious favoritism showed to EHCA, the state re-issued its proposal. And again, EHCA was the only company to bid on the proposed detention center. And, lo and behold, they won.