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"When are we going to acknowledge as mature, reasonable adults that we have too long tolerated a municipal framework that represents the opposite of everything this century has learned about effective management, efficient control and economy of scale."

Alan J. Karcher,
Multiple Municipal Madness

Other Voices

Various people throughout the state have seen the need for a change in New Jersey’s municipal structure.  Click on the links to read more about it.
“Evict Home Rule” by Steve Adubato
http://njmonthly.com/articles/towns_and_schools/steve-adubato-only-in-nj/evict-home-rule.html
“New Jersey gets serious about municipal consolidation” by Harvey Fisher http://www.njesq.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=101:20090406-consolidation&catid=15:20090406issue&Itemid=18
“Township Mayor Asks Borough to Help in Effecting Municipal Consolidation” by Bernie Miller,Mayor, Princeton Township
http://www.towntopics.com/apr2209/mailbox.php#letter2
“Consolidate and save”, by Ali T Winston http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2008/02/consolidate_and_save.html
“So…Home Rule May Not Be Off Limits”  by Steve Adubato
http://www.caucusnj.org/adubato/2006/06-0808.aspVarious people throughout the state have seen the need for a change in New Jersey’s municipal structure.  Click on the links to read more about it.

Various people throughout the state have seen the need for a change in New Jersey’s municipal structure.

Click on the links below to read more about it.

  • Commission Report of the Princeton Consolidation.  Sample of Step 5 in the Consolidation process.  Download PDF
  • For a comprehensive and readable overview of the problems and issues around home rule in New Jersey, read “Overruled by Home Rule” by Andrew Bruck and H. Joseph Pinto III.   Download PDF
  • This is the Legislation that gives the people the power to petition.  The Municipal Consolidation Act and the Local Option Municipal ConsolidationDownload PDF
  • Reform of New Jersey’s public schools: towards regionalization.  Download PDF
  • New York State Consolidation Legislation entitled The New N.Y. Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment. (Read more)
  • Alan J. Karcher takes a critical look at how and why the boundary lines of New Jersey’s 566 municipalities were drawn, pointing to the irrationality of these excessive divisions.  His Book “New Jersey’s Multiple Municipal Madness” investigates the economic considerations, political pressures, and personal agendas that created the bizarre configurations dividing the Garden State, while analyzing the public policies that allowed and even encouraged the formation of new villages, boroughs, and towns.  He shows how town boundaries were drawn by politicians with very human foibles and frailties, and with very narrow agendas — agendas that have proven to be egregiously expensive for today’s taxpayers.
  • Bergen LEADS is a premier civic leadership program for adults who live and work in Bergen County. Participants meet monthly to debate viewpoints and develop leadership skills. This is a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation from their 2010 Class Project. (Prefer PDF format?) (View References from presentation or view PDF version of References)

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