Gina Genovese, Founder and executive director, Courage to Connect NJ
One word to describe 2011: Groundbreaking
Wish or hope for 2012: In 2012, New Jersey will have the courage to lead the way to a sustainable and stronger municipal structure.
In the new year municipal consolidation will be acknowledged as the most common sense way to end redundancy in local government. Courage to Connect NJ will be working on numerous consolidation efforts initiated by both citizens and elected officials statewide. What was learned through the efforts of citizens and elected officials in 2011 in communities such as the Princetons, Cherry Hill and Merchantville, and Scotch Plains and Fanwood will be passed to the next generation of consolidators. Courage to Connect NJ will be the one-stop resource for those seeking to improve local services and reduce the cost of local government. Ultimately, the consolidation movement, started in New Jersey, will sweep across the entire country.