Courage to Connect NJ Featured in Star-Ledger

Residents in Scotch Plains and Fanwood took a first step toward merging their towns Wednesday by applying for permission to create a consolidation commission.   The two municipalities already share a school district, a library and have talked about merging police departments.  

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Gina Genovese Discusses Consolidation on NJTV

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10 reflections on 2011, hopes for new year from Morris notables

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.   

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NJ organization wants Scotch Plains-Fanwood merger

SCOTCH PLAINS — A group of Scotch Plains and Fanwood residents are taking it upon themselves to merge their two towns. The municipal governments have long flirted with the idea of consolidation but residents say they’re tired of waiting.   

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Public Forum to be Held in Pohatcong on November 2 to Discuss Governor's Municipal Consolidation Proposal

POHATCONG, N.J. – Residents of Pohatcong and surrounding communities are invited to an open forum on Wednesday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Governor Christie’s proposal to encourage municipal mergers and what it means for New Jersey.  

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Scotch Plains/Fanwood making history

Scotch Plains and Fanwood residents are making their mark on New Jersey's history. Never before have the citizens in two adjacent towns petitioned the state to study the benefits of municipal consolidation. With petitions completed and submitted to both towns, this is democracy at its best.

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Pohatcong Township Mayor Jim Kern III pushes for Phillipsburg-area municipal consolidation

Talks of a municipal merger between Phillipsburg-area governments have begun.   Pohatcong Township Mayor Jim Kern III hosted a forum last week to discuss consolidating Alpha, Phillipsburg and Pohatcong, Lopatcong and Greenwich townships.  

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Editorial: In this economy, consolidation could be right move for NJ towns

Funny thing is, when you ask a resident of Princeton Township or Princeton Borough where they live, the answer usually is simply “Princeton.” Well, now they have a chance to make that a reality. On Nov. 8, the two municipalities can write history (and rewrite maps) if they vote to consolidate.  

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Gina Genovese featured in Star-Ledger Q&A

A 1934 New York Times article, bemoaning New Jersey’s inability to merge inefficient and redundant towns, says “it is up to organizations of citizens to carry forward the movement without the aid of the State.”

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Budgetary struggles force consideration of municipality and service consolidations

Could consolidation among some of New Jersey’s 566 municipalities bring taxpayer relief? Budgetary struggles statewide are leading citizens and elected officials to wonder. 

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