This past election a merger between Sussex and Wantage was on the ballot. Sussex voted it down 3 to 1 although they had the most to gain. Loss of town identity and control were the major roadblocks, trumping the immediate $400 plus in property tax savings. Ironically, the community of Iselin is known more around the world than any other town in NJ and it is a part of Woodbridge Township and not incorporated on its own. Iselin is known simply as Iselin. Courage to Connect NJ proposes combining local governments without changing any community names. Why should Sussex or Wantage, or any other communities, have their name changed at all? This question needs to be answered if NJ has any hope of moving forward.
I contacted the three main gubernatorial candidates about the concept introduced by Courage To Connect NJ. Although this may be the best way to reduce property taxes in NJ, none of them seem to have the courage to discuss this option since I received no responses. We’ll try again after Tuesday’s election.